John Donne, Gerard Manly Hopkins, closley followed by John Lennon, Bob Dylan.
I would have to go with your namesake, Edgar Allen Poe. Who else could write a poem way back in the 1800's which continues to be so popular today that an NFL football team would borrow their name "The Ravens" from it? Now for the second poet, I don't even have to stop and think about that answer for one second. It would have to be the world renown and beloved children's poet Dr. Seuss.
I've always liked the poetry of Langston Hughes and James Weldon Johnson. They are both from the Harlem Renaissance Era. I also like Nikki Giovanni who started her poetry writing back in the late 60's and 70's. In her poetry, she tells the story of her life as a young girl and as an adult.
Plath and Piercy are two of my favorites...I enjoy poetry and exploring the work of newer poets is always fun . It is really hard to narrow it down to two.
Two of my alltime favorite bengali poets are Rabindranath Tagore & Jibanananda Das.
Lord Byron was totally dreamy and E.E. Cummings were my favorite, followed by Bruce Springsteen, Mayo Angelou and Tupac Shakur. An honorable mention goes out to Bob Dylan and James Joyce.
I would say British poet Alfred, Lord Tennyson for a start. His poem 'Flower in the Crannied Wall' was written in the 19th Century but, oddly enough, within it you glimpse some of the directions 20th and then 21st century natural science would and in fact has moved in. A plant can hold the secrets of the universe? In this poem you can see how that might well be possible.
I would next add the great 19th Century poet, Banjo Paterson. His poems about the bush remind an Australian of the swashbuckling past. There's 'The Man from Snowy River', and of course 'Clancy of the Overflow'.
If I had a third choice I would throw in American poet Robert Frost.
A fourth choice would definitely be John Donne. I really like his poem 'The Flea'.
John Lennon's poetry used to crack me up so put him down as number five if you like.
A poet who has fascinated me for years is Wallace Stevens, so playful, deep, puzzling and textured. Man On The Dump is a classic poem.
Another favourite is Paul Muldoon, the Irish poet; his form, knowledge, humour and tongue in cheek roughness make him very entertaining.
Alfred, Lord Tennyson... love his "Charge of the Light Brigade!"
And for the second... I love reading the parodies of Lewis Carroll, author of the Alice in Wonderland books.
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