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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.

Poems I Particularly Like. Great Books and Classics. Libraries in Denton County - 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. The Classics Browse works by Mark Twain, Joseph Conrad and other famous authors here.

Free books: 100 legal sites to download literature

Classic Bookshelf: This site has put classic novels online, from Charles Dickens to Charlotte Bronte.The Online Books Page: The University of Pennsylvania hosts this book search and database.Project Gutenberg: This famous site has over 27,000 free books online.Page by Page Books: Find books by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and H.G. 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.

25 sources of free public domain books

Every year new publications enter public domain. That means their intellectual property rights have expired or are not applicable any longer. The free library. Open Source Shakespeare. Shakespeare Online. Seth Skorkowsky. Half Price Books. Recycled Books. University of North Texas Libraries. BookBub. Project gutenberg. ReadPrint. GoodReads. Project Gutenberg.

My favorite short reads (free & online)