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10 books for Poetry beginners

Mr. Lewis J. Brooks
 
The Ode Less Travelled: Unlocking the Poet Within
The Ode Less Travelled: Unlocking the Poet Within
"A wonderful place to start, Fry does not talk down to the reader but at the same time he does not dumb down the material."
Glad to Wear Glasses
Glad to Wear Glasses
"Short, witty and accesible poems."
Love is a Dog From Hell
Love is a Dog From Hell
"He's not for everyone but Bukowski's poetry is easy to understand and easier to be affected by."
Philip Larkin: Collected Poems
Philip Larkin: Collected Poems
"Poems full of clarity, wit and quality."
Songs of Innocence and of Experience: Shewing the Two Contrary States of the Human Soul (Oxford Paperbacks)
Songs of Innocence and of Experience: Shewing the Two Contrary States of the Human Soul (Oxford Paperbacks)
"The best introduction to the fantastic world of the Romantic poets"
Sylvia Plath - Selected Poems (Faber Poetry)
Sylvia Plath - Selected Poems (Faber Poetry)
"Her poetry is always in vogue, a very popular poet among casual poetry fans."
Ted Hughes - New Selected Poems 1957-1994
Ted Hughes - New Selected Poems 1957-1994
"The above's husband. An entry to poetry for many people."
The Essential Rilke
The Essential Rilke
"Treat this recommendation with caution, his verse will do nothing for some but for the angsty teen, or the angstry teen inside you this could be revelatory."
The Odyssey of Homer: A New Verse Translation
The Odyssey of Homer: A New Verse Translation
"There's a rich world of epic and narrative verse out there, this seems the ideal place to start."
The Norton Anthology of Poetry
The Norton Anthology of Poetry
"A lot of this will be dense and boring, but this is the best single volume anthology I have found."