100 Best-Loved Poems

100 Best-Loved Poems

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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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  • Paperback | 96 pages
  • 8 x 208 x 7.62mm | 90.72g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0486285537
  • 9780486285535
  • 15,750

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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"); 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.
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Table of contents

BALLADS
Lord Randal
Sir Patrick Spens
SIR THOMAS WYATT
The Lover Showeth How He Is Forsaken of Such as He Sometime Enjoyed
CHRISTOPHER MARLOWE
The Passionate Shepherd to His Love
WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE
"Sonnet XVIII ("Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?")"
"Sonnet LXXIII ("That time of year thou mayst in me behold")"
"Sonnet XCIV ("They that have power to hurt and will do none")"
"Sonnet CXVI ("Let me not to the marriage of true minds")"
THOMAS NASHE
"Adieu, Farewell Earth's Bliss"
JOHN DONNE
The Good Morrow
"Holy Sonnet X ("Death be not proud, though some have called thee")"
"Holy Sonnet XIV ("Batter my heart, three-person'd God; for, you")"
BEN JONSON
To Celia
On My First Son
ROBERT HERRICK
"To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time"
Upon Julia's Clothes
GEORGE HERBERT
Love Bade Me Welcome
EDMUND WALLER
"Song ("Go, lovely Rose -")"
JOHN MILTON
On His Blindness
On His Deceased Wife
SIR JOHN SUCKLING
"Why So Pale and Wan, Fond Lover?"
RICHARD LOVELACE
"To Lucasta, Going to the Wars"
ANDREW MARVELL
To His Coy Mistress
HANRY VAUGHAN
The Retreat
THOMAS GRAY
Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard
"Ode on the Death of a Favourite Cat, Drowned in a Tub of Gold Fishes"
WILLIAM BLAKE
The Lamb
The Sick Rose
The Tyger
London
ROBERT BURNS
To a Mouse
"A Red, Red Rose"
WILLIAM WORDSWORTH
"Composed upon Westminster Bridge, Sep. 3, 1802"
"I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud"
"The World Is Too Much with Us; Late and Soon"
SAMUEL TAYLOR COLERIDGE
Kubla Khan
LEIGH HUNT
Abou Ben Adhem
Jenny Kiss'd Me
"GEORGE GORDON, LORD BYRON"
"She Walks in Beauty"
The Destruction of Sennacherib
"So We'll Go No More a Roving"
PERCY BYSSHE SHELLEY
Ozymandias
Ode to the West Wind
To a Skylark
WILLIAM CULLEN BRYANT
Thanatopsis
JOHN KEATS
On First Looking into Chapman's Homer
Ode to a Nightingale
Ode on a Grecian Urn
La Belle Dame sans Merci
"When I Have Fears That I May Cease to Be"
RALPH WALDO EMERSON
Hymn: sung at the Completion of the Concord Monument
ELIZABETH BARRETT BROWNING
"Sonnet XLIII ("How do I love thee? Let me count the ways")"
HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW
The Village Blacksmith
The Children's Hour
JOHN GREENLEAF WHITTIER
Barbara Frietchie
EDGAR ALLAN POE
To Helen
The Raven
Annabel Lee
"OLIVER WENDELL HOLMES, SR."
Old Ironsides
The Chambered Nautilus
"ALFRED, LORD TENNYSON"
The Charge of the Light Brigade
Crossing the Bar
ROBERT BROWNING
My Last Duchess
WALT WHITMAN
I Hear America Singing
O Captain! My Captain!
A Noiseless Patient Spider
MATTHEW ARNOLD
Dover Beach
GEORGE MEREDITH
Lucifer in Starlight
EMILY DICKINSON
"I'm Nobody! Who Are You?"
"This Is My Letter to the World"
"I Heard a Fly Buzz When I Died"
"Because I Could No Stop for Death"
CHRISTINA ROSSETTI
A Birthday
LEWIS CARROLL
Jabberwocky
THOMAS HARDY
The Darkling Thrush
GERARD MANLEY HOPKINS
The Windhover
Pied Beauty
ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON
Requiem
A. E. HOUSMAN
To an Athlete Dying Young
RUDYARD KIPLING
Gunga Din
Recessional
If -
WILLIAM BUTLER YEARTS
The Lake Isle of Innisfree
When You Are Old
The Second Coming
EDWIN ARLINGTON ROBINSON
Richard Cory
Miniver Cheevy
ROBERT FROST
The Road Not Taken
Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
CARL SANDBURG
Chicago
Fog
WALLACE STEVENS
The Emperor of Ice-Cream
WILLIAM CARLOS WILLIAMS
The Red Wheelbarrow
EZRA POUND
The River-Merchant's Wife: A Letter
MARIANNE MOORE
Poetry
EDNA ST. VINCENT MILLAY
First Fig
WILFRED OWEN
Anthem for Doomed youth
E. E. CUMMINGS
"anyone lived in a pretty how town"
W. H. AUDEN
Musée des Beaux Arts
DYLAN THOMAS
Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night
Alphabetical List of Titles
Alphabetical List of First Lines
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It is nice book with historical great poems. I think that I was expecting a bit more out of it. I miss feeling and passion. I enjoyed the theopoetic ones.show more
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