Instead of a regular short story review, today we wanted to share a favorite small book of poems. I think that poetry is a very personal thing. It can quickly strike our hearts as if it were a sharp blade. It can draw long forgotten memories to the surface. They are songs. Words that are music.
A couple of my favorite poets is Thomas Hardy and E. A. Poe. I like them because the words they assemble make me feel things. I think they were so good at it because they had turbulent lives. Is that a prerequisite for creating amazing poetry? I don’t know.
This Dover edition is full of famous poems. The kind that you need to be able to say that you read at least once in your life. It will also get you hooked on poetry. This book has some poems that you’ve heard of before. It also has some poems that will surprise you. It will introduce you people that you had no idea wrote poetry. It’s a lovely book with something for everyone.
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. Includes 13 selections from the Common Core State Standards Initiative: “Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening,” “Fog,” “Chicago,” “Jabberwocky,” “O Captain! My Captain!” “The Road Not Taken,” “Musee des Beaux Arts,” “Ozymandias,” “Sonnet 73,” “The Raven,” “Because I Could Not Stop for Death,” “Ode on a Grecian Urn,” and “The River Merchant’s Wife: A Letter.”