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Essential poetry books

B. Garvey "bgarvey13"
 
Poems and Prose (Poets)
Poems and Prose (Poets)
"A soft-spoken literary revolutionary. Profund faith and profound sadness."
Lyrical Ballads: With a Few Other Poems (Penguin Classics: Poetry First Editions)
Lyrical Ballads: With a Few Other Poems (Penguin Classics: Poetry First Editions)
"The heart and soul of romanticism. Equal parts ecstatic love of nature and sympathy for the oppressed."
Collected Poems 1909-62
Collected Poems 1909-62
"To read this is to witness the development of a mind. Every word precisely weighed."
Paradise Lost (Oxford World's Classics)
Paradise Lost (Oxford World's Classics)
"Shakespearean strength of language with the intensity of a religious/political visionary"
Collected Poems: Dylan Thomas (Everyman)
Collected Poems: Dylan Thomas (Everyman)
"Intoxicated by words, among other things."
Ariel
Ariel
"Intense, terrifying, yet precisely observed and often witty."
The Portable Dante (Viking Portable Library)
The Portable Dante (Viking Portable Library)
"Up there with Shakespeare, obviously. Good translation that captures the directness of Dante's language and doesn't try to make it sound 'poetic'."
William Shakespeare: Complete Poems
William Shakespeare: Complete Poems
"Speaking of whom. Worth reading in their own right and not just as a supplement to the plays."
The Odyssey of Homer (Perennial Classics)
The Odyssey of Homer (Perennial Classics)
"Best modern translation I've seen. This epic has to be read as we are all indebted to it."
The Canterbury Tales: Chaucer : Canterbury Tales (Everyman's Library (Paper))
The Canterbury Tales: Chaucer : Canterbury Tales (Everyman's Library (Paper))
"No need for a translation of this - it's not as difficult as you probably think. A master elaborator of tales."
The Complete Nonsense of Edward Lear
The Complete Nonsense of Edward Lear
"On a lighter note. Influenced everyone from T.S. Eliot to John Lennon"
Life Studies for the Union Dead
Life Studies for the Union Dead
"Showed the way forward for American poetry after WW2. Powerful and lucid"
Collected Poems (Penguin Modern Classics Poetry)
Collected Poems (Penguin Modern Classics Poetry)
"A thwarted romantic with, occasionally, an acid tongue"