Favourite Literature: Longer Poetry

  • Long Poetry (5000+ words)
  • Living. Jenny Holzer. 2000.
  • Four Quartets. T S Eliot. 1944.
  • Gilgamesh. Author Unknown. ~1500bc.

  • Medium-length Poetry (1000+ words)
  • Howl. Allen Ginsberg. 1956.
  • Death Of A Hired Man. Robert Frost. 1915.
  • Home Burial. Robert Frost. 1915.
  • Goblin Market. Christina Rossetti. 1859.
  • The Raven. Edgar Allen Poe. 1845.
  • A Dream. Lord Byron. 1816.
  • Rime Of The Ancient Mariner. Samuel Taylor Coleridge. 1798.
  • Lines composed a few miles above Tintern Abbey. William Wordsworth. 1789.
  • Eloisa To Abelard. Alexander Pope. 1717.
  • A Ramble in St James Park. John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester. 1672.
  • The 19 Holy Sonnets. John Donne. 1610.
  • Olympian Odes (10/11) for Hagesidamos of Western Lokroi, winner of boxing. Pindar. 476bc.
  • Olympian Ode for Hiero of Syracuse, winner of the horse race. Bacchylides. 476bc.
  • The Book of Nahum. Nahum the Prophet. ~610bc.
  • The Book of Amos. Amos the Prophet. ~750bc.
  • Song Of Songs. Bible. ~900bc.
Author Comments: 


epic and pseudoepic and etc.

Wordsworth's We Are Seven kicked my ass maybe harder than anything has all year. Wow. You know the drill--get to it!

My ass is currently being kicked by useless screenwriting textbooks I was forced to buy for a class where the main screenings are Dangerous Liaisons and Wall-E.
Found and bookmarking that poem for when I am not too tired for it. Have you read Blake's Songs of Innocence/Experience WITH THE ILLUSTRATIONS? because they are THE BEST and so weirdly touching.

No! I just looked at the Wikipedia and it looks like an incredible way of reading them. I love the poems I've read from it already... (The Chimney Sweeper, Little Black Boy, Holy Thursday) and the illustrations look like they'd push them to the next level. I've been eying this for the longest time, but it doesn't look like it has anything besides text. Hopefully my library pulls through.

These are the two I have
Songs of Innocence is printed a little lightly (don't know if that's bad reproduction or Blake's original being a little too light and hard to read at times) but still good.
And YOU NEED THEM WITH THE ILLUSTRATIONS. I cannot even explain how weirdly more touching shit like Little Boy Lost or Infant Joy/Infant Sorrow become when they are weaved into Blake's images. So the images adding that much, I felt, made it seem like a good idea to put thost books, as a whole, into the "graphic literature" section instead of poetry.