Today I am going to give my 10 poets that give me inspiration and ideas in writing poetry. There are others I like too but these stand out more. These poets I also enjoy reading their poems they have written. What I also like is that they have different styles and themes in their poems. Here is a list of my top 10 poets:
1. Robert Frost
This poet has always been a favorite of mine. He has written so many poems I probably haven’t read all of them yet. My favorite poems are the nature ones that he has written and also poems about life. I like the imagery that he uses in all his poems. Some of my favorite poems are “The Road Not Taken”, “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening”, “Birches” “After Apple-
Picking” and “Fire And Ice”.
2. Emily Dickinson
She has written a lot of poems. She has written about nature, death, life, religion and self identity just to name a few. Her poems are often lyrical and most of them are short. She tends to use “I” point of view of a lot. Also a good majority of poems don’t have titles. Those that don’t have the first line as the title. Some of my favorites are “Because I could not stop for Death”, “I died for beauty”, “I’m nobody! Who are you?” and “Success is counted sweetest”.
3. Carl Sandburg
Some of this poet poems uses city as the backdrop. The poems have great imagery on the city life. He uses different style of writing mostly free style. He also uses his own experiences to write his poems. Favorite poems are “Chicago”, “Fog” and “I am the People, the Mob”.
4. William Carlos Williams
I like Williams’ rigorous use of form and his vivid use of imagery. His poems that I have read are simple and to the point. He has written poems either from urban landscape or one’s immediate environment which I like. I like the ordinary subjects he uses to write from. My favorite poems are “The Red Wheelbarrow”, “This Is Just to Say”, “A Goodnight”, “Approach of Winter”, and “The Lonely Street”.
5. Walt Whitman
This poet uses long loose lines which I liked. His poems use celebrated democracy, nature, love, and friendship just to name a few themes. Whitman has been regarded as one of America’s most significant nineteenth century poets of our time. He was one of the few poets I liked when we learned about poems in English class. Some of my favorites are “O Captain! My Captain!”, “Miracles”, “I Sit and Look Out”, and “I Hear America Singing”.
6. William Shakespeare
Here is an old one but like the love poems he has written. The sonnets are also great for inspiration. The subjects of Shakespeare’s poetry range from love and beauty to commentary about the passing of time and changes in society. Few favorites are “All the Worlds a Stage”, “Sonnet 29”, and “Shall I compare thee to a summers day? (Sonnet 18)”.
7. Edgar Allan Poe
Poe’s poems I because the verses stresses the musical nature of the poetic form. Also some of his poems use repetition like “The Bells”. A few favorites are “The Raven”, “Annabel Lee”, “The City In the Sea”, “The Bells”, “A Dream within a Dream”.
8. Charlotte Bronte
Some of the poems that she wrote are lyrical and narrative. She has written poems on bereavement, loss of childhood, homesickness and spirituality. Also like how she expresses her deepest feelings very movingly in her poems. Some that I have liked are “Life”, “Passion”, “Evening Solace” and “Mementos”.
9. William Butler Yeats
I like Yeats poems because they are base on his personal experience and also of his nation during troubling times. Some of his poems were odes to the beauty and mystery of the Irish countryside which I found really moving. He also uses symbols in his poems. Here are some poems I like “When You are Old”, “The Lake Isle Of Innisfree” and “The Wild Swans at Coole”.
10. Alfred Tennyson
I remember reading some of his poems in English class. I liked his some of historical poems which gives me ideas for my historical poems. He has written on nature, his personal life, grief, death and historical events.
“The Charge of the Light Brigade”, “All Things Will Die” and “The Eagle”.