This section contains a list of sources that describe outbreaks of hunger, famine and starvation over time and in different parts of the world. Many not only offer accounts of the suffering but also provide retrospective analysis of the causes and impacts of that suffering. What becomes clear, of course, is that the suffering caused by hunger echoes down to us over the years. And, it has occurred in all corners of the globe.
And, while these accounts are not poems, per se, they often contain very, very moving passages. Those who wish to create poems about hunger may want to track some of these sources down for what they may evoke.
The source materials are listed by the general region of the world they cover.