Popular, well-known poetry: “The Passionate Shepherd to His Love,” “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?” “Death, be not proud,” “The Raven,” “The Road Not Taken,” plus works by Blake, Wordsworth, Byron, Coleridge, Shelley, Emerson, Browning, Keats, Kipling, Sandburg, Pound, Auden, Thomas, and many others.
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
- Thomas – Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night
Works by many other poets—Milton, Blake, Burns, Coleridge, Byron, Keats, Emerson, the Brownings, Hardy, Housman, Kipling, Sandburg, Pound, and Auden among them—are included in this treasury, a perfect companion for quiet moments of reflection. Philip Smith is at his best.
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