Friday, May 21, 2010

A Few of My Favorite Poems (A List)

A Song. Joseph Brodsky.

A Woman Waits For Me. Walt Whitman.

Christ Climbed Down. Lawrence Ferlinghetti.

Daddy. Sylvia Plath.

Death to Van Gogh’s Ear! Allen Ginsberg.

Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night. Dylan Thomas.

Dover Beach. Matthew Arnold.

Gnostic Gato. Phedra Johnson.

He Wishes For the Cloths of Heaven. William Butler Yeats.

Impossible to Tell. Robert Pinsky.

In the Naked Bed, in Plato’s Cave. Delmore Schwartz.

Jehovah buried, Satan dead. e. e. cummings.

Lady Lazarus. Sylvia Plath.

Lucifer in Starlight. George Meredith.

My Father and the Figtree. Naomi Shihab Nye.

My Makeup. Rochelle Kraut.

Nothing Gold Can Stay. Robert Frost.

Phenomenal Woman. Maya Angelou.

She Walks In Beauty. George Gordon, Lord Byron.

Sonnet XXX. Edna St. Vincent Millay.

So We’re Go No More A-Rovin’. George Gordon, Lord Byron.

Still I Rise. Maya Angelou.

’Tis the Voice of the Lobster. Lewis Carroll.

The Abortion. Anne Sexton.

The Goblin Market. Christina Rossetti.

The Raven. Edgar Allan Poe.

The Second Coming. William Butler Yeats.

To You. Walt Whitman.

Walking to Work. Ted Kooser.

Warning. Jenny Joseph.

What Lips My Lips Have Kissed, and Where, and Why. Edna St. Vincent Millay.

From Emily Dickinson:

I felt a funeral in my brain.

I heard a Fly buzz when I died.

Because I could not stop for death

I’m nobody! Who are you?

“Hope” is the thing with feathers.

Tell all the Truth, but tell it slant.

Success is counted sweetest.

I took my power in my hand.


Gerry Boyd said...

Great list Erin. Most I know and love. A few I need to check out. Thanks for sharing.

Erin O'Riordan said...

Thank you for commenting, Gerry. I hope I introduced you to a new favorite.

shah wharton said...

Wow you have some amazing choices. Whenever someone asks me my mind goes blank but reading your list I agree and quite a few of them - The Emily Dicken, Mayo Angelou, Sylvia Plath, for a start. Maya has been a favourite of mine sine 1094 when someone gifted me her collection. Have you read any of her bios - she's a truly inspirational woman. Shah .X