Most popular poems of all time

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The 100 Best Poems of All Time by Leslie Pockell

Some great poetry; I tried to read one or two to start off each day. Two new favorites:

Do Not Go Gentle into that Good Night - Dylan Thomas

Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rage at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
Though wise men at their end know dark is right,
Because their words had forked no lightning they
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright
Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight,
And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way,
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight
Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

And you, my father, there on the sad height,
Curse, bless me now with your fierce tears, I pray.
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.


We Wear the Mask - Paul Laurence Dunbar

WE wear the mask that grins and lies,
It hides our cheeks and shades our eyes,—
This debt we pay to human guile;
With torn and bleeding hearts we smile,
And mouth with myriad subtleties.

Why should the world be over-wise,
In counting all our tears and sighs?
Nay, let them only see us, while
We wear the mask.

We smile, but, O great Christ, our cries
To thee from tortured souls arise.
We sing, but oh the clay is vile
Beneath our feet, and long the mile;
But let the world dream otherwise,
We wear the mask!
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10 Greatest Poems Ever Written

I shall be telling this with a sigh Somewhere ages and ages hence: Two roads diverged in a wood, and I — I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference. People read, talk about, and teach it in schools all around the world to this day. One is that you should always take the less traveled path, make your own choices, and be an independent thinker. The other is that even trying to do so is nonsense. The poem created two completely opposite camps, the freedom fighters and the nihilists , and pitted them against one another. Clearly, the man had a lot to say. This clever line is now one of the most popular quotes on Goodreads :.

What is poetry? What is great poetry? These poems answer these questions. Many good poems and poets had to be left off of this list. In the comments section below, feel free to make additions or construct your own lists. You can also submit analyses of classic poetry to submissions classicalpoets.

1. “Go and Catch a Falling Star” - John Donne

What is the best poem of all time? My Captain! Written works have the ability to make us feel. They make us want to believe, be inspired, and live vicariously through the stories we read on the page. Whether short or long form, poetry is often illusory, and full of rich imagery or hidden meaning. It is these elements which provoke readers to dig deeper. The best poems, like those on this list, are read throughout the ages.

The earliest surviving English poetry may have been composed in the 7th century. The highest poetic achievement in Old English literature is Beowulf , a line epic by an unknown author. Following the Norman conquest of England in the 11th century, Anglo-Saxon rapidly diminished as a written literary language and it was not until the 14th century that major works of English literature began to appear once again. The poet G eoffrey Chaucer — is credited with legitimizing the literary use of the Middle English vernacular at a time when the dominant literary languages in England were French and Latin. Due to this, Chaucer is referred to as the Father of English literature. With the discovery of the New World and the rise of Great Britain as an international superpower , English spread to other parts of the world. Here are the 10 most famous English poems of all time.

What makes a poem iconic? So for those of you who were not present for our epic office argument, I have listed some of them here. But for now, happy reading and re-reading :. Without a doubt one of the most important poems of the 20th century. Alfred Prufrock. A continent standing in for losses larger than itself.

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