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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The following poems are written by some of our favorites such as Shakespeare, It is clear why these have become some of the most famous and unforgettable poems ever written. When in eternal lines to time thou grow'st;.
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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.

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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. They will be considered for publication on this website.

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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  1. after all? No. It is still about this question. The ending is the most clear and striking part. If the forces of time, history, and nature can take down the Egyptian .. Any common reader can easily get this poem, as easily as her or.

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