August Poems

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.

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