Thursday Thirteen: 13 Poems Worth Reading

I’ve discovered a fun little meme called Thursday Thirteen, and for my inaugural list I could think of nothing better than to list thirteen poems I think everyone should read. I love each of them, for different reasons, but they all share one thing: when I read them, something in my soul awakens and the longing to write is renewed within me. I’ve posted links to each poem, and I invite you to follow each one and discover the joys of poetry, the splendor of the well-crafted line and the well-chosen word.

Thirteen Poems to Read

1. “One Art” by Elizabeth Bishop
2. “
I carry your heart with me” by ee cummings
3. “
Sonnet XVII” by Pablo Neruda
4. “
Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night” by Dylan Thomas
5. “
Sonnet XLIII (How do I love thee? Let me count the ways…)” by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
6. “
Hope is the thing with feathers” by Emily Dickinson
7. “
Lying in a Hammock at William Duffy’s Farm in Pine Island, Minnesota” by James Wright (O to write a last line with a punch like the one in this poem!)
8. “
Batter My Heart” by John Donne
9. “
Sonnet 116” by Shakespeare
10. “
Oatmeal” by Galway Kinnell
11. “
Ode on a Grecian Urn” by John Keats
12. “
Ulysses” by Alfred, Lord Tennyson
13. “
What Work Is” by Philip Levine

Links to other Thursday Thirteens!
1. Malcolm
2. Gattina
3. Sandra
4. Nicole Austin
5. What Works For Us
6. Penguinsandladybugs
7. L^2
8. Splash
9. Damozel
10. Susan Helene Gottfried
11. The Gal Herself
12. J. Lynne
13. Thomma Lyn
14. Denise Patrick
15. Jennie
16. Pat J
17. Lori
18. Kristee
19. Nicholas
20. MissMeliss

Get the Thursday Thirteen code here!

The purpose of the meme is to get to know everyone who participates a little bit better every Thursday. Visiting fellow Thirteeners is encouraged! If you participate, leave the link to your Thirteen in others comments. It’s easy, and fun! Be sure to update your Thirteen with links that are left for you, as well! I will link to everyone who participates and leaves a link to their 13 things. Trackbacks, pings, comment links accepted!

23 thoughts on “Thursday Thirteen: 13 Poems Worth Reading

  1. I am not exactly an expert of poetry (nor even really a fan), but some of them are really beautful. I love the Emily Dickinson one, and of course, Dylan Thomas’ (which is the only one I knew before).ee cummings seems always a bit strange to me, but of those poems on the site you linked to I liked “the boys i mean are not refined”. I wonder why? :o)


  2. Thanks for putting a little culture into my day. I love Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Emiliy Dickinson….classics!!! Hope is a thing with feathers that perches in the soul!!! Thanks for visiting my blog. Yours is absolutely beautiful!!! I love purple!


  3. Haha, Heather, I’m not so sure others would have appreciated its greatness. πŸ™‚ By the way, I clicked on the link to your profile, but couldn’t see it. Can you leave a link to your blog for me? Thanks!


  4. I like #2, and actually just started reading a book of E.E. Cummings poems recently. The rest of these are great too, but I haven’t read them in a long time – I’ll have to visit your links now. Thanks for sharing, and thanks for visiting my TT! πŸ™‚


  5. Oh, I read all those in English 101. I got an A of course (pre-Meds are very competitive you know), but I must say none were really my speed. I am more the Ogden Nash type. πŸ™‚The next semester, I got a free-thinking professor. I suppose he was trying to be “relevant”, but his main thesis seemed to be that Harry Nilsson’s “The Point” was high art. ????? I still laugh about that!


  6. You have definitely listed some of my favorites. The cummings one is brilliant (though not my favorite cummings poem—that would be “since feeling is first”) and I think “Batter My Heart” is one of Donne’s most powerful. Love 116 too. Years ago, while in love with a literary guy, we used to each keep a copy of the sonnets near the computer. If we were in a hurry, we’d just type in “Sonnet [#]!” and let WS do the talking for us!


  7. OMG, Erin, I know some of those!You see, I have not one but TWO degrees in English. And I’ve read very few of the classic works of literature, including poetry. But somehow, you hit on the ones I did read.Maybe that’s a vote for how wonderful they really are, huh?Welcome to TT! I’m glad you stopped in at West of Mars today; do come back!!! And have fun with TT. They aren’t kidding when they say it’s a microcosm; I’ve met amazing people through it. You will, too.


  8. Wow, that is a fantastic list, and I have read most of these (I am a poetry fan), but I will go immediately and read the ones I’d missed.I absolutely love ee cummings’s “i carry your heart with me” and ooooh, Pablo Neruda’s sonnets (*drool*), just unspeakably lovely.Thank you for a wonderful TT, and thank you for visiting mine! There isn’t anything quite like the beauty of good poetry.


  9. I don’t read a whole lot of poetry — I’m not sure I’ve read any on your list. The ones that I’ve enjoyed the most are: “Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came” by Robert Browning, the French poem “Speak White” by Michele Lalonde, and “Alligator Pie” by Dennis Lee.


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