My Favorite Poems

I love poetry, in all its forms. And guess what? April is National Poetry month. So, in celebration of this great art form, here are my favorite poems. My normal gig for listing my favorite things often includes my reasoning for each. However, I think I’ll withhold my analysis this week and just provide a simple list. For me, my experience of poetry is intimate and personal and sometimes it’s impossible to explain why I connect with a particular piece.

“And now it seems to me the beautiful uncut hair of graves.” – Walt Whitman, “The Song of Myself”


Dulce et Decorum Est“, Wilfred Owen

Song of Myself“, Walt Whitman (read aloud here)

Ornithography“, Billy Collins

The Weary Blues“, Langston Hughes

Daddy“, Sylvia Plath

Early in the Morning“, Li-Young Lee

A pretty flower in Germany.

As an extra present, here’s a link to 10 British poems being read aloud. They aren’t my favorite poems, but, for me, hearing poetry aloud is a true delight.

Do you guys have any favorite poems?


2 responses to “My Favorite Poems”

  1. Poetry is an art form I really wish I was better acquainted with. Two of my favorites are Yeats’s “The Lake Isle of Innisfree” and Thomas Hardy’s “The Darkling Thrush.”


  2. After browsing through my poem book, I realized that my favorites are the ones from which I can draw inspiration. So, without further ado, the following is a list of my favorite poems:

    Don’t Quit by John Greenleaf Whittier

    Desiderata by Max Ehrmann—Words-for-Life

    Wild Geese by Mary Oliver

    The Invitation by Oriah Mountain Dreamer

    I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed yours!


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