What’s your favorite book of poetry?

@842484 (103)
United States
August 28, 2009 2:51am CST
I don’t have one, but I would like to. Any recommendations?
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• United States
28 Aug 09
My favorite is a silly one, especially for an adult! I love Shel Silverstien. He writes fun poetry for children. So when you ask about a poetry book I immediately think of "Where the Sidewalk Ends" and also "Runny Babbit" those are two of my favorites by Shel Silverstien!
• United States
31 Aug 09
Trivia for you.... Shel Silverstein wrote Johnny Cash's song, A Boy Named Sue. I was pretty tickled when I learned that so I try to pass it along every chance I get.
@thea09 (18324)
• Greece
28 Aug 09
Hi842484, well my three favourite poets all spring from different times and countries and each have their own published collections so I'll just go ahead and recommend by name of the poets. For modern I adore Wallace Stevens, American, very lyrical and evoctive. For an older style check out Tennyson, English and often narrative. And then there is the wonderful Baudelaire, French but availble in translation. If you look at and enjoy any of those then there's loads more I can recommend.
• Abernathy, Texas
28 Aug 09
I love Baudelaire as well, esp. Flowers of Evil, Fleurs de Mal....
@artemis432 (7474)
• Abernathy, Texas
28 Aug 09
Rainer Marie Rilke's Book of Hours; Love Poems to God. I'm not religious but love this book - depends on what translation you get though - some more poetic. I really recommend this book!
• Abernathy, Texas
28 Aug 09
oh and anything by maya angelou and I liked horses make the landscape more beautiful by alice walker ooh and there was this one volume - very old that I got at an estate sale - frogs at twilight - I used to love that book...wow I have alot of favorites but haven't read any in awhile....you could check out carl sandburg too..there is one author I remember the poems to but can't fin! The author was richard thomas and my favorite poems went like this: Caught in iron toothed traps, animals chew off their own feet; I immolate my heart with tongue- even now come embrace me with the darkness - take my words deep inside you - and unspeak me with your eyes... and the other went: Ice is the memory of passion, frozen on an eastern wind, its fragrance lingers moments before a lost kiss Its love shadows vanished in a frozen dawn - I recall your touch - restrained beyond compassion - and it is better lost then barely felt.
• United States
23 May 10
Yes, I do highly recommend Voices of My Soul by Prince John Chaber. In fact I promise you that if you read this book and find nothing in it that you like, I will refund your money, no questions asked. Book available at www.gatewaytoheaven churh.org
@karen1969 (1788)
20 May 10
I studied some good poets at school. Some of my favourites are Philip Larkin, John Betjeman, Ted Hughes and Seamus Heaney. There are a lot of good poets out there. I also enjoy war poems by people like Wilfrid Owen. You will be able to find lots of poetry online and see which styles and poets you prefer, then maybe buy or borrow a collection of their work.
@23uday (2998)
• India
28 Aug 09
Hi friend, My favorite poetry book is swami vivekananda.His books were so much good understanding and good information in that poets.His poems about a feeling of people, knowledge and information,love,relationship,love of god,peaceful of god. I like all his poems forever and ever in my life. have a good day.