My Top 25 Favorite Poems

Originally posted on April 25, 2011 at 12:28 PM

For the sake of other people being able to find them, this list includes only published poems. In my personal exposure to so many local poets, this list would change if I included poems by unpublished writers. I also probably left a few out, even though I’ve been constructing this list for weeks now. Don’t you hate that feeling? Nonetheless, this is what I have (in rough order of my favoritism, although it does change somewhat depending on my mood).

1. “The Raven” by Edgar Allan Poe

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: this is the best poem ever written.

2. “Invictus” by William Ernest Henley

3. “The Wasteland” by T.S. Eliot

4. “The Lanyard” by Billy Collins

5. “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” by Robert Frost

6. “A Boy’s Satan” by Stan Rice

7. “The Day is Done” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

8. “Where the Sidewalk Ends” by Shel Silverstein

9. “The Tunnel” by Hart Crane

10. “In Flanders Fields” by John McCrae

11. “Paradise Lost” by John Milton

12. “Litany” by Billy Collins

13. “Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night” by Dylan Thomas

14. “The Bells” by Edgar Allan Poe

15. “Advice to Writers” by Billy Collins

16. “Like Communion” by J. Paul Holcomb

17. “Night is my Sister” by Edna St. Vincent Millay

18. “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost

19. “Annabel Lee” by Edgar Allan Poe

20. “Jabberwocky” by Lewis Carroll

21. “Funeral Blues” by W.H. Auden

22. “Ozymandias” by Percy Bysshe Shelley

23. “The Spider and the Fly” by Mary Howitt

24. “Fire and Ice” by Robert Frost

25. “A Dream within a Dream” by Edgar Allan Poe

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