My Favorite Poems

  1. "Trial By Existence" (Robert Frost)
  2. "If" (Rudyard Kipling)
  3. Paradise Lost (John Milton)
  4. "Ode on a Grecian Urn" (John Keats)
  5. The Collected Works of William Shakespeare
  6. The Iliad/The Odyssey (Homer)
  7. "The Wasteland" (T.S. Eliot)
  8. "The Present Crisis" (James Russell Lowell)
  9. "The Road Not Taken" (Robert Frost)
  10. "Ode on Itimations of Immortality" (William Wordsworth)
  11. "Hope Is A Thing With Feathers" (Emily Dickinson)
  12. "Ode on Melancholy" (John Keats)
  13. "Mending Wall" (Robert Frost)
  14. "Sonnet on His Blindness" (John Milton)
  15. "I Will Sing You One-O" (Robert Frost)
  16. "Paul's Wife" (Robert Frost)
  17. "Birches" (Robert Frost)
  18. "One Art" (Elizabeth Bishop)
  19. "The Wood Pile" (Robert Frost)
  20. "Man With the Hoe" (Edwin Markham)
  21. "The Builders" (Henry Wadsworth Longfellow)
  22. "Ode to a Nightingale" (John Keats)
  23. "My Last Duchess" (Robert Browning)
  24. "Money" (Howard Nemerov)
  25. "The Story of Our Lives" (Mark Strand)
  26. "The Chambered Nautilus" (Oliver Wendell Holmes)
  27. The Tragedy of Faust (Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe)
  28. "O Captain! My Captain!" (Walt Whitman)
  29. Beowulf (Translated by Seamus Heaney)
  30. "Why I Am Not a Painter" (Frank O'Hara)
  31. "The Grindstone" (Robert Frost)
  32. The Rime of the Ancient Mariner (Samuel Taylor Coleridge)
  33. "With Mercy for the Greedy" (Anne Sexton)
  34. "Walking to Sleep" (Richard Wilbur)
  35. "Abou Ben Adhem" (James Henry Leigh Hunt)
  36. "Trees" (Sergeant Joyce Kilmer)
  37. Metamorphoses (Ovid)
  38. "The Tyger" (William Blake)
  39. The Canterbury Tales (Geoffrey Chaucer)
  40. "The Kingfishers" (Charles Olson)
  41. "The Self-Seeker" (Robert Frost)
  42. "The Raven" (Edgar Allen Poe)
  43. "Her Kind" (Anne Sexton)
  44. "The Demiurge's Laugh" (Robert Frost)
  45. "Ode to Psyche" (John Keats)
  46. "The Wild Swans At Coole" (William Butler Yeats)
  47. "Daddy" (Sylvia Plath)
  48. "Elegy for My Sister" (Howard Moss)
  49. "The Jain Bird Hospital in Delhi" (William Meredith)
  50. "Opportunity" (John James Ingalls)
  51. "The Truth the Dead Know" (Anne Sexton)
  52. "Howl" (Allen Ginsberg)
Author Comments: 

There's still lots of great ones out there I haven't read or forgot about. If any come to your mind, please post them.

Just as information, my favourite poem is Death Fugue (or Fugue of Death) by Paul Celan.

Thanks for the suggestion. I'll have to read that one.

I also agree on Howl. A great poem, even though I have only read the first section.

Very powerful poem. Impressive how much the poet packs into some of those words (e.g. black milk, meister, etc.). I never thought about the ash from the crematoriums and how it would soil everything around the camp, forcing a horrid acknowledgement of gruesome death to come unknowingly soon. I just watch "Band of Brothers" episode 9 the other day, and that is a good visualization to go with this poem.

Have you read any of these?