Specify the form, kind and theme of the poem The Cold Within by James Patrick Kinney.
There is nothing extraordinary in the form of The Cold Within. It’s a simple narrative poem with eight quatrains and a rhyme scheme of abcb.
To specify a genre, it may be called a poetic parable with a learning conveyed to the readers.
About the theme, it’s a protest against bigotry and racism, against the discriminatory attitude towards others over petty barriers like caste, class, colour, religion and ethnicity.
The theme of the poem is the dictatorship of selfishness, prejudice and malice over the cations of humans.
In this poem, six humans were trapped in the cold by happenstance and all of them had a piece of wood which could have been put to use as fuel to the passing fire to save each other. But they allowed selfishness, prejudice, malice and suspicions to dictate their actions and died. They did not overcome the petty barriers of class , race and religion that divided them. As the title suggests , they did not die due to the cold outside, they died due to their intentions on the inside.