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These are some poems that I enjoy...
To Earthward, by
Robert Frost (1874-1963) is the archetypal New England poet.
Thirteen Ways of Looking
at a Blackbird, by Wallace Stevens
I enjoy Wallace Stevens (1879-1955)' poems sometimes because they are so
O ignis spiritus, by
Hildegard of Bingen
Hildegard of Bingen was a 13th-century abbess and mystic. She wrote
beautiful plainchant, and this is a text from one of her songs.
The Waking, by
I don't know a lot about Theodore Roethke (1908-1963) but I do like this
Dreaming of Hair, by
Li-Young Lee (1957 - ) is a lovely poet.
After great pain, by
Much madness is divinest sense, by
Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) is another New England poet, who spent her
life in seclusion in a house in Amherst.
One Art, by Elizabeth
Elizabeth Bishop (1911-1979) wrote some lovely poems, in particular a lot
using established forms like this one (which is a villanelle).
Buffalo Bill's, by e.e.
e.e. cummings (1894-1962) did all sorts of innovative things with grammar
First Night, by
The Solution, by Sharon Olds
Sharon Olds (1942- ) writes powerful, sensual poems.
I Am Waiting,
by Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Lawrence Ferlinghetti (1919-) is a beat poet and publisher. I saw an
excerpt from this poem at the Walker Museum in Minneapolis, and I
fell in love with it.
Sonnet XVIII, by Edna St.
Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892-1950) is famous for her bohemian lifestyle
in Greenwich Village in the 1920's and 30's, including being openly
bisexual, and for her witty, feminist poems. This is one of my
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