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The Assignment

Choosing a Poet

Directions:  Pick a poet you have not studied in great depth before.  Please talk to me if you want to do a poet not on this list. Good sites for looking at poems, besides Google, are www.poets.org, http://writersalmanac.publicradio.org/archive.php, http://www.poetryfoundation.org, or www.poetryoutloud.org.  

 

1.      William Shakespeare (1564-1616):  More than 100 love sonnets.

2.      John Donne (1572-1631):  One of England’s metaphysical poets.

3.      John Milton (1608-1674):  Dreamlike, abstract poems of life and death.

4.      Anne Bradstreet (c. 1612-1672):  Early American poems in a woman’s voice.

5.      Phillis Wheatley (1753- 1784): The first published African-American poet.

6.      William Wordsworth (1770-1850):  A poet of nature and beauty.

7.      Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849):  Dark poems about death, love, and macabre topics.

8.      Alfred Tennyson (1809-1892):  Lyric poetry that tells stories of love and conflict.

9.      Walt Whitman (1819-1892): Earthy, human poems; also Civil War poems.

10. Matthew Arnold (1822-1888): Formal, sentimental poems with deep themes.

11. Emily Dickinson (1830-1886):  Sparse, pure, spiritual rhymed verse.

12. Thomas Hardy (1840-1928):  Old-fashioned verse about love and death.

13. William Butler Yeats (1865-1939): Deep, meaningful poems from Ireland.

14.        Paul Lawrence Dunbar (1872-1906): One of the first famous African-American poets.

15. Robert Frost (1874-1963): He goes much deeper than “The Road Not Taken.”

16. Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926):  An elegiac German poet with deep emotion.

17. Carl Sandburg (1878-1967): Evocative poems about Chicago and urban life.                            

18. Wallace Stevens (1879-1955): Poems with complex diction and imagination.

19. William Carlos Williams (1883-1963): Clear, simple, searing images.

20. Ezra Pound (1885-1972):  Impressionistic, music-like poetry.

21. Anna Akmahtova (1888-1966): One of Russia’s best poets.

22. Claude McKay (1889-1948):  Perspectives on African-American life in the 1920s.

23. Isaac Rosenberg (1890-1918): A poignant poet of World War I.

24. Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892-1950):  Lyrical, romantic poems of love and loss.

25. Wilfred Owen (1893-1918):  War poems of World War I.

26. e.e. cummings (1894-1962):  Reflective, with interesting punctuation & capitals.

27. Jean Toomer (1894-1967): Poems yearning for brotherhood among races.

28. Langston Hughes (1902-1967): Jazzy poems from the Harlem Renaissance.

29. Ogden Nash (1902-1971): Biting wit and satire.

30. Countee Cullen (1903-1946): Old-fashioned poetry during the Harlem Renaissance.

31. Pablo Neruda (1904-1973): Known for his Spanish love poems.

32. W.H. Auden (1907-1973): Political and moral poems about important issues.

33. Josephine Jacobsen (1908-2003): Poems about nature and life.

34. Elizabeth Bishop (1911-79):  Sharp, precise poems about people and places.

35. Dylan Thomas (1914-1953): A dramatic figure himself who wrote lyrical poetry.

36. Gwendolyn Brooks (1917-2000):  Many rhymed poems about social issues.

37. Richard Wilbur (1921- ): Poetry with complex diction about deep issues.

38. A.R. Ammons (1926-2001):  A combination of nature and spirit.

39. W.S. Merwin (1927- ): Reflective, thoughtful poems about memory.

40. Maya Angelou (1928 - ):  Poems of persistence and strength.

41. Donald Hall (1928- ):  A “country poet” in the tradition of Robert Frost.

42. Sonia Sanchez (1934- ): Strong viewpoints about being African-American.

43. Mary Oliver (1935- ): The joy found in the smallest details of life and nature.

44. Marge Piercy (1936- ):  Carefully structured, down-to-earth modern poems.

45. Seamus Heaney (1939- ): From Ireland. Earthy, tangible, full of natural details.

46. Robert Pinsky (1940-  ): Former poet laureate; plain talk, stories, and imagery.

47. Billy Collins (1941- ): Former poet laureate of the U.S.; detailed, rich poems.

48. Nikki Giovanni (1943- ):  Conversational, approachable poetry.

49. Jane Kenyon (1947-1995): Poems about finding the meaning in everyday life.

50. Gary Soto (1952- ): The experiences of Mexican-Americans in America.

51. Ana Castillo (1953-): Forceful poems about being a Mexican-American poet.

52. Sandra Cisneros (1954- ):  Reflective poems about being a Latina in America.

 

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