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I recently started reading poetry again. Though I just finished a book of poems, I did read through them rather quickly so I'm sure there are many more that deserve further study (many of the poems in that book are quite complex).

But for now, here are poems I've come across that I particularly like. I'll update this list from time to time. I'd love to hear your assessments on these and other poems that have particularly touched you.

For authors with multiple poems listed, I have separated poems by semi-colon.

You can probably do a web search to find the text for most of these:

Abraham Cowley: Beauty
Alfred, Lord Tennyson: I Envy Not In Any Moods; Ulysses
Ben Jonson: It Is Not Growing Like a Tree
Edmund Spenser: One Day I Wrote Her Name
George Herbert: Love (III)
George Santayana: A Minuet On Reaching the Age Of Fifty
Henry Vaughan: The Retreat; They Are All Gone Into the World Of Light
John Donne: A Lecture Upon the Shadow; Batter My Heart; Death, Be Not Proud; If Poisonous Minerals
John Milton: On His Deceased Wife
Julia Ward Howe: Battle Hymn of the Republic
Ogden Nash: The Sea-Gull [ok, I never said they had to be deep!]; The Turtle [ditto!]
Oliver Wendell Holmes: The Chambered Nautilus
Percy Bysshe Shelley: Ozymandias
Robert Frost: The Road Not Taken
Samuel Taylor Coleridge: Rime of the Ancient Mariner
Sir Edward Dyer: My Mind To Me a Kingdom Is
Sir Philip Sidney: Desire; Loving in Truth
Sir Walter Raleigh: Even Such is Time; The Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd
Wilfred Owen: Arms and the Boy
William Cartwright: No Platonic Love
William Shakespeare: Look In Thy Glass; The Expense of Spirit; The Marriage of True Minds
William Wordsworth: Composed Upon Westminster Bridge.

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20 Poets on the Meaning of Poetry

The English poet’s work famously stated, “Poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world.” Alexander concludes: “The poem is an invention that exists in spite of history… In a time of violence, the task of poetry is in some way to reconcile us to our world and to allow us a measure of tenderness and grace with which to exist… Poetry’s task is to reconcile us to the world — not to accept it at face value or to assent to things that are wrong, but to reconcile one in a larger sense, to return us in love, the province of the imagination, to the scope of our mortal lives.” Other poets have attempted to interpret “what is deeply felt and is essentially unsayable.”

Here are a few brief definitions of poetry by famous poets. Percy Bysshe Shelley “Poetry is indeed something divine. - Science fiction & Fantasy Blog, Books, Stories, News, Forum. Short Story Magazine. Fiction: Welcome to The EServer's Fiction Collection. East of the web. Free Classic Books Online at Classic Reader. Bibliomania - Free Online Literature and Study Guides.

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Poetry Editor & Poetry: 10 Ways to Read a Poem

Get comfy and enjoy your first reading. Relax into the experience without trying to analyze anything. 2. Read the poem again, this time aloud. Listen for the musicality. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. . © 2015, Mary Harwell Sayler has 3 books of poetry, Outside Eden and Beach Songs & Wood Chimes, published by Kelsay Books in 2014 and, in 2012, Living in the Nature Poem published by Hiraeth Press with an e-book version released in 2014. 10 Sci Fi and Fantasy Works Every Conservative Should Read. The left-wing science fiction writer China Miéville has compiled a list of “50 Sci Fi and Fantasy Works Every Socialist Should Read.”

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Ten Great Conservative Novels

He was preparing a course on the history of American conservatism and wanted to include some fiction on his syllabus. I proposed a few titles, but his question lingered in my mind. So I asked readers of National Review Online for their suggestions. I also canvassed several ex­perts on American literature. Poems I Particularly Like. Great Books and Classics. Libraries in Denton County, Texas. Reading a Poem: 20 Strategies. Charles Baudelaire by Gustave Courbet (Wikimedia Commons) At one time or another, when face-to-face with a poem, most everyone has been perplexed.

Reading a Poem: 20 Strategies

The experience of reading a poem itself is as likely to turn us off, intellectually or emotionally, as it is to move us. Unless patronized by celebrities, set to music, accompanied by visuals, or penned by our own children, poems do a terrible job of marketing themselves. How to Read a Poem. Reproduced in partnership with the Great Books Foundation.

How to Read a Poem

Reading poetry well is part attitude and part technique. Curiosity is a useful attitude, especially when it’s free of preconceived ideas about what poetry is or should be. Librophile. Free books: 100 legal sites to download literature. 25 sources of free public domain books. This is an updated list of sites that offer free public domain books in electronic and audio format.

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My favorite short reads (free & online)