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Dover Beach by Matthew Arnold
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®

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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")
Marvell: To His Coy Mistress
Wordsworth: "I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud"
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"
Yeats: When You Are Old
Frost: The Road Not Taken
Millay: First Fig
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.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 11 and up
  • Grade Level: 6 and up
  • Series: Dover Thrift Editions
  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications; Dover Thrift Edition edition (October 4, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486285537
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486285535
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.3 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (187 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,182 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Philip Smith has assembled a very good sampling of the best poetry in the English language. We read Marlowe, Shakespeare, Donne, Jonson, Herrick, Milton, Gray, Blake, Burns, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Byron, Shelley, Keats, both Brownings, Longfellow, Poe, Whitman, Dickinson, Hardy, Housman, Yeats, Frost, Pound, Millay, Cummings, Auden, Dylan Thomas, and many others. This inexpensive Dover edition is an excellent buy.

The collection is as advertised: these are the best-loved poems in the English language. These are familiar poems, poems that are accessible to casual readers of poetry, poems that continue to resonate today. Smith's compilation is fun to read and to reread. Any teacher would find it ideal for introductory English literature classes, honors high school or college.

What is missing? This collection excludes translations of classical poetry, poetry of the non-English speaking world, and contemporary English-speaking poets. But this little book contains enough gems to satisfy any treasure hunter.

Looking for a more eclectic anthology? See 100 Poems by 100 Poets compiled by Harold Pinter, Geoffrey Godbert, and Anthony Astbury. They present what they consider (by unanimous decision, often after heated argument) to be the best poem by each of the 100 best poets in the English language. Their choices only occasionally overlap with the better known selections in Philip Smith's Dover edition.

Another good choice is One Hundred and One Famous Poems, compiled by Roy J. Cook in 1927, that has long been a favorite anthology of British and American poets. It is an interesting collection, as it includes many poets that are now less familiar or even forgotten, but who were popular in the early part of the twentieth century. Take a look at this anthology. You will be pleasantly surprised. It has been reprinted many times and it is not difficult to find.
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By A Customer on October 10, 1999
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This is a great collection of classic rhyming poems. I found many of my favorite poems, including "If" and "The Raven". And the price is right. If you want a more durable collection, you might try another favorite of mine, "Poetry for a Lifetime". This beautiful volume includes many of these poems and is illustrated and has comments from the editor. I highly recommend both books.
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By A Customer on May 10, 2000
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Beautiful works. Major bargain. I read them to my baby.
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"The fog comes

on little cat feet.

It sits looking

over the harbor and city

on silent haunches

and then move on."

~Fog, Carl Sandburg

100 Best-Loved Poems presents poems from the Middle Ages to the 20th Century. The poets are all familiar, but the poems are more varied and quite a few are poems I'd never read before. In a compilation like this, you'd imagine to find quite a few familiar favorites from high school or college and those did appear throughout.

There is comfort in reading poems we tried to understand in school, but didn't have the emotional maturity to fully digest. Now upon reflection, how could we have truly understood "To His Coy Mistress" at 16, a poem born of mature desire. Now nearing forty, I feel I can linger in these poems enjoying every nuance.

This classic collection includes brief introductions to each poet and includes some information on poetic forms. In the section of Ballads, you can hear the singsong rhymes as you read so the first poem was a good choice.
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A wonderful collection of classic and well known poetry by the great English poets whom folks from my ancient generation had to read, and often memorize. You'll recognize many of the words etched into the vocabulary of the English speaking world. It never ceases to amaze me of the depth of feelings these great poets had about life, heaven, hell, love etc.

Every now and then it is refreshing to put down the heavy stuff and read a good poem or two.

It will soothe your mind and rest your soul.

Then you can go back to the heavy stuff of murder, mayhem, sex, violence and political corruption, knowing that at some time, someplace, somebody had better thoughts and shared them with us.
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By A Customer on March 25, 1998
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Dover has always been known for making fascinating books available for a song - here's one you can have for even less than a song! For a mere 80 cents, you get, as the title promises, 100 poems, best-loved poems at that. A volume to cherish, or to give as gifts - suitable for anybody, of any age, whether they love poems or need a place to start.
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