Kathy Shong’s poem ‘Love in the Wild’ is inspired by Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The poem was ‘found’ on page 12 of the novel The Hunger Games. It explores how love when it is controlled, or has restrictions or rules, is destroyed; it “sits with hunched shoulders”, defeated. Love, here, has been personified. Love’s full potential, however, can be realized if we don’t try to define it or measure it. Freedom to live and love as purely as possible is symbolized by “reaching” the “woods” and the “wild.” The woods, of course, being the place of love, magic and imagination in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Love in the Wild
by Kathy Shong