The Shield of Achilles by W. H. Auden
Random House, 1955 (first edition); 84 pages
I love W. H. Auden.
And that is all.
(No, really, I could get into why he wrote these poems (some in response to the rise of the modern state and others for Good Friday), and the symbolism, and so on and so forth, but really, he just has an amazing way with words and you should read some Auden. Preferably today.)