This year my guides to what poems to read included a Yale online course on modern poetry. That was NOT a good place to start. I then moved on to poems I knew about and various top ten lists.
However, lately, I’ve just used the poems listed in a book called 100 Best-Loved Poems. It’s got all the hits. Many I’ve already read but I’d missed quiet a few. I have three more to finish in September and then I’m moving on to this blog post – the most anthologized poems. It’s a nice, broad sampling of poetry.
As normal, brief notes on each poem are provided.
|August 1, 2018||On First Looking into Chapman’s Homer||John Keats||It always comes back to Homer, who I’ve read little of.|
|August 2, 2018||Thanatopsis||William Cullen Bryant||A lot of death but I do like the final turn.|
|August 3, 2018||To a Skylark||Percy Blythe Shelley||I like, I like, I like, esp. the second half.|
|August 4, 2018||Musee Des Beaux Arts||W.H. Auden||
I like everything about this poem. The subject matter, the intent, the writing.
|August 5, 2018||In Memory of W.B. Yeats||W.H. Auden||Lovely. I esp like the third stanza.|
|August 6, 2018||A Red Red Rose||Robert Burns||Why can I only read in Madelyn Kahn Blazing Saddles voice?|
|August 7, 2018||To a Mouse||Robert Burns||Perfect ending lines for me.|
|August 8, 2018||The Lamb||William Blake||Simple on it’s own, Need to read more about Blake’s philo.|
|August 9, 2018||Ode to the West Wind||Percy Blythe Shelley||I love the ambition it expresses.|
|August 10, 2018||So We’ll Go No More A Roving||Lord Byron||Byron feels old.|
|August 11, 2018||The Destruction of Sennacherib||Lord Byron||Old Testament scary.|
|August 12, 2018||Jenny Kissed Me||Leigh Hunt||Simple and happy and nice.|
|August 13, 2018||The Hollow Men||T.S. Elliot||Depressingly modernist. Haunts me.|
|August 14, 2018||Abou Ben Adhem||Leigh Hunt||Very Simple. Nice religious message.|
|August 15, 2018||The World Is Too Much With Us||William Wordsworth||A good poem to support my minimalist ambitions.|
|August 16, 2018||The Sick Rose||William Blake||Short and powerful. Blake.|
|August 17, 2018||Ode to the Death of a Favourite Cat||Thomas Gray||Sad and fun. Compelling.|
|August 18, 2018||As I walked Out One Evening||W.H. Auden||
One of my favorites so far. I like the first song’s strange comparison-haughty v mudane
|August 19, 2018||Sandpiper||Elizabeth Bishop||
This one I enjoy. I guess I like characters and narratives over poems about ideas.
|August 20, 2018||Elegy Written in a Country Church Yard||Thomas Gray||Loved the first part but goes off the rails for me a bit at the end.|
|August 21, 2018||The Retreat||Henry Vaughan||Really nice when spoken aloud…and felt.|
|August 22, 2018||To Lucasta, Going to the Wars||Richard Lovelace||A man loves by doing things, taking action.|
|August 23, 2018||Why So Pale and Wan, Fond Lover||John Suckling||Good advice, especially like the final line.|
|August 24, 2018||On His Deceased Wife||John Milton||A sweet nightmare.|
|August 25, 2018||Go, Lovely Rose||Edmund Waller||I really like the device of using a rose to send a message|
|August 26, 2018||Love Bade Me Welcome||George Herbert||Gross religious stuff that turns me off.|
|August 27, 2018||Upon Julia’s Clothes||Robert Herrick||It must have been a nice dress.|
|August 28, 2018||To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time||Robert Herrick||Good advice for virgins and non-virgins a-like.|
|August 29, 2018||On My First Son||Ben Jonson||Sad. Honest way to look at it.|
|August 30, 2018||To Celia||Ben Jonson||I like that she sent it back – but rejection or to share again?|
|August 31, 2018||Sonnet 14: Batter my Heart||John Donne||
“Reason, your viceroy in me” jumps out at me. Wish it did to more.