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100 Best-Loved Poems
Popular, well-known poetry with works by Blake, Wordsworth, Byron, Coleridge, Shelley, Emerson, Browning, Keats, Kipling, Sandburg, Pound, Auden, Thomas, and many others.
- The Passionate Shepherd to His Love
- Shall I compare thee to a summer's day? ( Sonnet XVIII )
- Death, be not proud
- The Road Not Taken
- Th Lover Showeth How He Is Forsaken of Such as He Sometime Enjoyed
- Adieu, Farewell Earth's Bliss
- To His Coy Mistress
- She Walks in Beauty
Musee Des Beaux Arts by Wystan Hugh Auden
The Lamb, Fr. Songs Of Innocence by William Blake
London, Fr. Songs Of Experience by William Blake
The Sick Rose, Fr. Songs Of Experience by William Blake
The Tyger [tiger], Fr. Songs Of Experience by William Blake
Sonnets From The Portuguese: 43 by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
My Last Duchess by Robert Browning
Thanatopsis by William Cullen Bryant
A Red, Red Rose by Robert Burns
To A Mouse, On Turning Her Up In Her Nest With The Plough by Robert Burns
The Destruction Of Sennacherib by George Gordon Byron
She Walks In Beauty by George Gordon Byron
Song by George Gordon Byron
Kubla Khan by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
50 Poems: 29 by Edward Estlin Cummings
The Chariot by Emily Dickinson
Dying by Emily Dickinson
I'm Nobody! Who Are You by Emily Dickinson
This Is My Letter To The World by Emily Dickinson
Jabberwocky by Charles Lutwidge Dodgson
The Good-morrow by John Donne
Holy Sonnet: 10 by John Donne
Holy Sonnet: 14 by John Donne
Concord Hymn; Sung At Completion Of Concord Monument, 1836 by Ralph Waldo Emerson
The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost
Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening by Robert Frost
Elegy Written In A Country Churchyard by Thomas Gray
Ode On The Death Of A Favourite Cat, Drowned In A Tub by Thomas Gray
The Darkling Thrush by Thomas Hardy
Love (3) by George Herbert
To The Virgins, To Make Much Of Time by Robert Herrick
Upon Julia's Clothes by Robert Herrick
The Chambered Nautilus by Oliver Wendell Holmes
Old Ironsides by Oliver Wendell Holmes
Pied Beauty by Gerard Manley Hopkins
The Windhover: To Christ Our Lord by Gerard Manley Hopkins
A Shropshire Lad: 19. To An Athlete Dying Young by Alfred Edward Housman
Abou Ben Adhem by James Henry Leigh Hunt
Jenny Kissed Me by James Henry Leigh Hunt
On My First Son by Ben Jonson
Song: To Celia by Ben Jonson
La Belle Dame Sans Merci by John Keats
Ode On A Grecian Urn by John Keats
Ode To A Nightingale by John Keats
On First Looking Into Chapman's Homer by John Keats
Sonnet by John Keats
Gunga Din by Rudyard Kipling
If by Rudyard Kipling
Recessional by Rudyard Kipling
The River-merchant's Wife: A Letter by Li Po
The Children's Hour by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
The Village Blacksmith by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
To Lucasta, [on] Going To The Wars by Richard Lovelace
The Passionate Shepherd To His Love by Christopher Marlowe
To His Coy Mistress by Andrew Marvell
Lucifer In Starlight by George Meredith
First Fig by Edna St. Vincent Millay
Sonnet: 19. On His Blindness by John Milton
Sonnet: 23. On His Deceased Wife by John Milton
Poetry by Marianne Moore
Summer's Last Will And Testament: A Litany In Time Of Plague by Thomas Nashe
Anthem For Doomed Youth by Wilfred Owen
Annabel Lee by Edgar Allan Poe
The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe
To Helen (1) by Edgar Allan Poe
Miniver Cheevy by Edwin Arlington Robinson
Richard Cory by Edwin Arlington Robinson
A Birthday by Christina Georgina Rossetti
Chicago by Carl Sandburg
Fog by Carl Sandburg
Sonnet: 116 by William Shakespeare
Sonnet: 18 by William Shakespeare
Sonnet: 73 by William Shakespeare
Sonnet: 94 by William Shakespeare
Ode To The West Wind by Percy Bysshe Shelley
Ozymandias by Percy Bysshe Shelley
To A Skylark by Percy Bysshe Shelley
The Emperor Of Ice-cream by Wallace Stevens
Underwoods: Book 1: 21. Requiem by Robert Louis Stevenson
Song [or, Orsames' Song] by John Suckling
The Charge Of The Light Brigade by Alfred Tennyson
Crossing The Bar by Alfred Tennyson
Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night by Dylan Thomas
Lord Rendal by Anonymous
Sir Patrick Spens by Anonymous
The Retreat by Henry Vaughan
Song by Edmund Waller
I Hear America Singing by Walt Whitman
A Noiseless Patient Spider by Walt Whitman
O Captain! My Captain! by Walt Whitman
Barbara Frietchie by John Greenleaf Whittier
The Red Wheelbarrow by William Carlos Williams
Composed Upon Westminster Bridge, September 3, 1802 by William Wordsworth
Daffodils by William Wordsworth
The World; Sonnet by William Wordsworth
The Lover Showeth How He Is Forsaken by Thomas Wyatt
The Lake Isle Of Innisfree by William Butler Yeats
The Second Coming by William Butler Yeats
When You Are Old by William Butler Yeats
-- Table of Poems from Poem Finder®
From the Back Cover
Here are some of the most-loved poems in the English language, chosen not merely for their popularity, but for their literary quality as well. Dating from the Middle Ages to the 20th century, these splendid poems remain evergreen in their capacity to engage our minds and refresh our spirits.
Among them are Marlowe: "The Passionate Shepherd to His Love"; Shakespeare: "Sonnet XVIII" ("Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?"); Donne: "Holy Sonnet X" ("Death, be not proud"); Shelley: "Ode to the West Wind"; Longfellow: "The Children's Hour"; Poe: "The Raven"; Tennyson: "The Charge of the Light Brigade"; Whitman: "O Captain! My Captain!"; Dickinson: "This Is My Letter to the World"; Frost: "The Road Not Taken." Works by many other poets—Milton, Blake, Burns, Coleridge, Byron, Keats, Emerson, the Brownings, Hardy, Housman, Kipling, Pound, and Auden among them—are included in this treasury, a perfect companion for quiet moments of reflection.
- Publisher : Dover Publications; Dover Thrift Edition (October 4, 1995)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 112 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0486285537
- ISBN-13 : 978-0486285535
- Reading age : 11 years and up
- Item Weight : 3.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 5 x 0.3 x 7.8 inches
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This particular volume of poetry, which was edited and compiled by Philip Smith, includes poems that are well-known and considered to be of high literary value. Many of the poems will be familiar to most readers just because they have become such an integral part of our culture; in fact, you may read one of these poems and suddenly realize it is the origin of something you've heard most of your life.
Each poet is introduced with a brief paragraph describing his/her poetry. It's hardly a literary analysis, but is mildly helpful. Featured poets include the classicists William Shakespeare, John Donne, and John Milton, as well as more modern poets (relatively so…they were all born more than 100 years ago), such as e.e. cummings and Dylan Thomas.
True story: When I read this book, I didn't rush through it. I read one or two poems a day. One day I read "Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard," written in 1750 by British poet Thomas Gray. Minutes later, I picked up my novel and on the second page I read that day, there was a reference to "Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard." I would not have fully understood or appreciated the reference to the poem had a I not just read it. It was an odd coincidence (to be honest, it gave me the shivers), but it does make me better appreciate the literary importance of stretching my reading beyond my comfort zone.
This is a solid, little tome of poems that offers a wide overview of English language poetry.
Take Yeats’s poem The Second Coming which has such memorable and well used lines as “things fall apart,” the title of Chinua Achebe’s celebrated novel, “the centre cannot hold” used in a variety of titles and contexts, mostly about mental illness and “slouches toward Bethlehem” used by Joan Didion in her famous series of essays about the rise and fall of the 60s.
This is only one of 99 reasons to read this collection and get back in touch with some of the central poems of our tradition, and then move on to ever widening circles of poetry and its meaning.
Some of the talented poets in this volume include Frost, Milton, Blake, Shakespeare, Longfellow, Houseman, Keats, Sandburg, Poe, Emerson, Yeats, Dickinson, Whitman, Kipling and many, many others. One of the things I personally love about this volume is the brief introduction on each of the poets. This gives the reader information that makes the poet come alive.
In conclusion, if you love poetry, you will want this small volume in your library. If you are new to poetry, this book can serve as an excellent introduction to some of the greatest poets and their most loved poems.
Rating: 5 Stars. Joseph J. Truncale (Author: Haiku Moments: How to read, write and enjoy Haiku)
The first poems are sonnets or romantic in nature, which I'm truly not, so I kind of slowly made my way through the book and then it changed in style of poetry and I found some absolute classics that are just brilliant. I found where the oft overused phrases in the English come from, "How do I love thee? Let me count the ways." an amazing poem about a poet's cat drowning in a fish bowl, and that despite "The Dead Poets Society" critique of Byron by John Keating (Robin Williams), Byron wrote some great poems.
I think there is something for everyone in this book and I'm glad I bought it.
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Fix this, however, and this would be a 5-star collection, especially because of the inclusion of Wallace Steven's "The Emperor of Ice Cream" .