Who are your favourite poets and why?

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  1. thekidandblue profile image61
    thekidandblueposted 13 years ago

    I love Charles Bukowski because he just didn't give a rats a$$.

    Roger McGough for being a great rhymer.

    Benjamin Zephaniah for telling it like it is.

    Sylvia Plath for being hauntingly depressing or is that depressingly haunting, beautiful poetry anyway.

    1. DogSiDaed profile image61
      DogSiDaedposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      Ted Hughes for me, just too good for words big_smile

    2. starme77 profile image78
      starme77posted 13 years agoin reply to this

      I'm not an avid reader of poetry but Helen Stiener Rice has some insperational ones

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        poetlorraineposted 13 years agoin reply to this

        I agree, a card with her poetry on is wonderful

    3. tobey100 profile image60
      tobey100posted 13 years agoin reply to this

      Still the old guys, Robert Frost, Carl Sandberg.

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      WizardOfOzposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      I love it that you said Bukowski!  Most definetly Bukowksi.  hands down.

    5. Christopher Floyd profile image60
      Christopher Floydposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      Walt Whitman for his shear profundity and for his devotion to America as an idea.

      Miller Williams for his voice, both poetic and literal.  I heard him speak once.

      Alayne Fenasci for her passion, hopeless defiance, and often unique perspective.

      Billy Collins for his ability to turn simplicity into complexity.

      Marcelle Chancellor Leath for Awake in the Night.

      I guess that's it.

    6. mohitmisra profile image61
      mohitmisraposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      Tiruvalluvar  South Indian saint ,Iqbal from North India  and Robert Frost American .
      Love their styles .

    7. pylos26 profile image70
      pylos26posted 13 years agoin reply to this

      Walt Whitman...because some of his words make me feel goood.

  2. Haunty profile image74
    Hauntyposted 13 years ago

    I don't read poetry. It's bad for your indigestion. neutral

  3. maudine_05 profile image59
    maudine_05posted 13 years ago

    Robert Browning
    I just couldn't get over with his " How do I love thee"

  4. wavegirl22 profile image52
    wavegirl22posted 13 years ago


    most amazing poet i have ever read . . .


    1. DogSiDaed profile image61
      DogSiDaedposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      Brilliant smile Puts mine to shame... Still, it's spurring me to be better! big_smile

    2. thekidandblue profile image61
      thekidandblueposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      will check that out ty

      1. wavegirl22 profile image52
        wavegirl22posted 13 years agoin reply to this

        i promise you one is better than the next . .

    3. thekidandblue profile image61
      thekidandblueposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      really enjoyed that one thx

      i also really liked Carol Ann Duffy's book Rapture, it is beautiful and passionate

  5. I*n*v*i*c*t*u*s profile image61
    I*n*v*i*c*t*u*sposted 13 years ago

    Well... This is an amazing piece. yet Cris has many... look for the 'river', 'sunflower', etc... he made a hub of directory.. chaeck out..

    major local inspiration...

    http://hubpages.com/hub/music-and-magic … el-legrand

    Also, I love, Charles Bukowski, Whitmann, Plath, T.S.Elliot, Rumi etc.......................................list go on and on... Don't read much for inspiration to write...I read to enjoy..   smile   

    Thank you so much wavegirl...   smile

  6. GoldiString profile image60
    GoldiStringposted 13 years ago

    I like Bob Marley because he sings his poems.

    And.. Cris' River.

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    poetlorraineposted 13 years ago

    I love this poem, some of my fave poets have already been mentioned, but this one sticks in my mind.

  8. lovebuglena profile image86
    lovebuglenaposted 13 years ago

    My favorite poet is actually a Russian poet by the name of Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin. He is a brilliant poet and I truly enjoy his poetic creations.

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    cosetteposted 13 years ago

    e.e. cummings, pablo neruda, rumi, and william butler yeats.

  10. Petra Vlah profile image60
    Petra Vlahposted 13 years ago

    For me is Giuseppe Ungaretti all the way

  11. prettydarkhorse profile image54
    prettydarkhorseposted 13 years ago

    Pablo Neruda, his poems are touching specially about love

  12. TheGlassSpider profile image64
    TheGlassSpiderposted 13 years ago

    Emerson, Neruda, T.S. Eliot. I'm sure there are others I'm forgetting. They are each unique, masters of language, and in touch with the divine within humanity.

  13. TheGlassSpider profile image64
    TheGlassSpiderposted 13 years ago

    Yehuda Amichai's "The Diameter of the Bomb" has always touched me as well.

    It's originally in Hebrew, but here is the English from http://www.caterina.net/paw/archives/000131.html:

    The Diameter of the Bomb
    by Yehuda Amichai. trans. Chana Bloch & Stephen Mitchell

    The diameter of the bomb was thirty centimeters
    and the diameter of its effective range about seven meters,
    with four dead and eleven wounded.
    And around these, in a larger circle
    of pain and time, two hospitals are scattered
    and one graveyard. But the young woman
    who was buried in the city she came from,
    at a distance of more than a hundred kilometers,
    enlarges the circle considerably,
    and the solitary man mourning her death
    at the distant shores of a country far across the sea
    includes the entire world in the circle.
    And I won't even mention the howl of orphans
    that reaches up to the throne of God and
    beyond, making
    a circle with no end and no God.

  14. rebekahELLE profile image86
    rebekahELLEposted 13 years ago


    Rilke, Rumi, Charlotte and Emily Bronte, Emily Dickenson, Thoreau, Emerson, George Eliot, Wordsworth... and more

    why, because they're amazing. language comes alive, nature, life, they make it living as you read.

  15. russiangypsygirl profile image60
    russiangypsygirlposted 13 years ago

    Pablo Neruda. He was so passionate and fierce and blunt and poetic all at the same time. His descriptions paint amazing pictures in your head, and none of it followed a "proper prose" or rhymed, but was real and rich. It was pouring from his soul, and you could feel how much he felt.

    1. thekidandblue profile image61
      thekidandblueposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      He was great, loved The Captains Verses and 20 Love Poems and a song of despair

      1. russiangypsygirl profile image60
        russiangypsygirlposted 13 years agoin reply to this

        Oh yeah, me too!

        "You swallowed everything, like distance.
        Like the sea, like time. In you everything sank!

        It was the happy hour of assault and the kiss.
        The hour of the spell that blazed like a lighthouse."

    2. DogSiDaed profile image61
      DogSiDaedposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      I like Neruda too smile My Uncle is a Proffessor in South American literature and has spent a long time on Neruda's poems, and spends much of his time in Chile smile

      1. russiangypsygirl profile image60
        russiangypsygirlposted 13 years agoin reply to this

        I envy your uncle! You definitely feel the soul of the man the more you read...

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      poetlorraineposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      I am beginning to read his work and enjoying it too

  16. Shelly Bryant profile image74
    Shelly Bryantposted 13 years ago

    John Donne
    W. H. Auden
    Edwin Morgan
    G. O. Clark
    Todd Boss
    Joshua Gage

    Those are some of my favorites.  There's common threads in the work of all 6 of them — intelligent, tackling tough concepts, humor, and wonderful explorations of language.  All of them have written poems that grabbed me by the throat and wouldn't let go.

  17. WriteAngled profile image75
    WriteAngledposted 13 years ago

    It's difficult to make a shortlist, but here are a few:

    TS Eliot for the beautiful mysticism of the Four Quartets

    John Betjeman for his simplicity of expression, deep perception, light touch and sheer comic genius

    Les Barker for being politically incorrect and very, very funny

    Dylan Thomas for his elastic and imaginative use of words

    Jorge Luis Borges for the music of his poetry, especially in Spanish

    Philip Gross for the way he introduces children to many poetical styles in Manifold Manor

    I also like a number of poets who write in Esperanto, but the names won't mean anything to most people.

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    WizardOfOzposted 13 years ago

    Borges is lovely.  Too bad for me not knowing spanish hmm

    1. TheGlassSpider profile image64
      TheGlassSpiderposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      It's unfortunate, but I have been unable to find bi-lingual versions of his works (I've found them for Neruda), but here are a couple of collections with excellent translations, if you're interested:

      http://www.amazon.com/Collected-Fiction … amp;sr=8-2

      http://www.amazon.com/Borges-Selected-P … amp;sr=8-6

      Good luck!

  19. thekidandblue profile image61
    thekidandblueposted 13 years ago

    Maya Angelou for Phenomenal Woman and I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings

  20. WriteAngled profile image75
    WriteAngledposted 13 years ago

    Wizard, many years ago I started off with a bilingual copy of Borges: Spanish poem on the left page and English translation on the right. I read the Spanish mainly for the music, and was so captivated. That was one of the reasons I went on to learn Spanish. I still think it is one of the most perfect languages for poetry.

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    kandimarshallposted 13 years ago

    Langston Hughes

  22. Sherbet Penny profile image64
    Sherbet Pennyposted 13 years ago

    A never ending list I have but I'll name the ones I'm reading now,

    Rumi just for beauty of the heart.

    All the beat poets for lunacy and creativity.

    Gary Snyder for his love for this planet.

    Patrick Kavanagh, Seamus Heaney, Ted Hughes for the love of the land.

    Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill for great poetry in the Irish language.

    Poe, Blake and Wilde for dark genius.

    Dante, say no more.

    Basho, Buson and Li Po for my love for Asian verse.

    Machado and Neruda, I wouldn't  have poetry in my life with out you.

    And finally, definitely my favourite poet I can never ever get enough of, Federico García Lorca, the great poet who changed my look at true poetry.

  23. josie hermit profile image59
    josie hermitposted 13 years ago

    I love Alfred Lord Tennyson. The Lady of Shallot is awesome smile

  24. alexandriaruthk profile image61
    alexandriaruthkposted 13 years ago

    Pablo Neruda, "If you forget me"

  25. thekidandblue profile image61
    thekidandblueposted 13 years ago

    Has anyone read Benjamin Zephaniah's work?

    1. mohitmisra profile image61
      mohitmisraposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      Yes  I like his message , not spiritual yet meaningful, met him when he came to India . smile

  26. habee profile image92
    habeeposted 13 years ago

    Thomas Hardy: I like his use of imagery and his theme of man's humanity (or lack of).

    Robert Frost: I love his "down east" wisdom and his descriptions of the landscapes and people of New England.

    Robert Burns: I love Scotland!

    John Keats: My fave romantic poet!

  27. WriteAngled profile image75
    WriteAngledposted 13 years ago

    The bilingual edition of Borges poetry that I had was "Selected Poems" published by Pengiun.

    There is also "The Gold of the Tigers, Selected Later Poems: A Bilingual Edition", New York: E. P. Dutton, 1977.

  28. Happyontheinside profile image74
    Happyontheinsideposted 13 years ago

    Anyone interested in celtic poetry should check out Lois MacNiece. He's very underated and wrote my favourite few verses ever - a poem called 'Bagpipe Music'. The way he writes this is just fantastic - it's only words but you can hear the pipes playing the beat of the poem along with you as you say it. Another of my favourites (although technically a scriptwriter) was Sarah Kane...Her work is increasingly dark but some of the writing in 4:48 Psychosis you just want to close your eyes and listen to it in a darkened room.

    'Here am I. And there is my body. Dancing on glass.'

    Favourite lines ever....

  29. kcummings423 profile image60
    kcummings423posted 13 years ago

    I absolutely love Tess Gallagher. I have always had this problem with poetry holding my attention, but somehow hers immediately draws me in.

  30. dish_network profile image60
    dish_networkposted 13 years ago

    I like William Wordsworth's Lucy poems.

  31. MrCartier profile image58
    MrCartierposted 13 years ago

    Mine is the British rapper Roots Manuva, the son of a Jamaican preacher. To me he is a man of much wisdom, and a hugely talented writer. I feel embarresed to even refer to him as being a 'rapper' when you hear the disgusting tosh coming out of America, the so called home of rap.


    Well, well, well
    Well, well
    Well, well, well

    Taskmaster burst the bionic zit splitter
    Breakneck speed we drown ten pints of bitter
    We lean all day and some say that ain't productive
    But that depends upon the demon that you're stuck with

    'Cos right now, I see clearer than most
    I sit here contented with this cheese on toast
    I feel the pain of a third world famine, segue
    We count them blessings and keep jamming 'tis him

    Scumbag, scum of the earth his worth was nil
    Until he gained the skill of tongues
    From 15 years young straight to my gray back self
    I stay top shelf material

    Jerk chicken, jerk fish
    Break away slave bliss
    Generate G's and then we stash them in the Swiss
    Fools can't see this

    Audio pistols a fistful of hip hop donzai progressin' in the flesh
    Esoteric quotes most frightening
    Duppy took hold of my hand while I was writing
    Let go me ting Duppy, let go me hand
    I summon up the power of banana clan

    Witness the fitness, the cruffatin liveth, one hope, one quest
    Witness the fitness, the cruffatin liveth, one hope, one quest
    Witness the fitness, the cruffatin liveth, one hope, one quest
    Witness the fitness, the cruffatin liveth, one hope, one quest

    Swigging that deep root juice, now we deh 'pon it boost
    Set them spirit them loose, go 'head go slash up the noose
    With conclusive proof of both the truth the right
    'Cos whether we hitch hike or push bike or travel kinda trash

    Manifest that with wholesome roots rap
    Manifest that yeah, I do my zing way
    Ain't nutten else I know, gone up in the life
    With this I-ragged born flow

    Squeeze the pain from my belly and set my soul free
    Travel over ocean land and sea faced nuff stress and difficulty
    Flung back from the brink gwan'ing kind of stink
    We don't give a frig about what them fools think

    Frig your network our dett work will speak for itself
    Proof of the trophy
    And the champion belt
    Come sun come rain come hailstone pelt

    Witness the fitness, the cruffatin liveth, one hope, one quest
    Witness the fitness, the cruffatin liveth, one hope, one quest
    Witness the fitness, the cruffatin liveth, one hope, one quest
    Witness the fitness, the cruffatin liveth, one hope, one quest

    Yeah Bwana Simit with some old time shit
    Let the whole world know, we on some off key tip mega manic
    When time the pressure start lick by the hook or by the crook
    By the poop or by the kick

    He's sickly cryptic spitting the code
    And most proud to present that cruffatin mode
    And it shows that they bro's done seen a few sleights
    Life throws scenarios reality bites

    We in collision with the beast
    Lost we religion and we can't get no peace
    Idiot weak heart want to take I for chief
    Stoop to their level and we plotting cold grief

    But we should know that discipline maketh the geez
    Separation of the dat from the rat that's a must
    Proceed set speed with the cruffatin touch
    Proceed set, speed crufatin yow

    Witness the fitness, the cruffatin liveth, one hope, one quest
    Witness the fitness, the cruffatin liveth, one hope, one quest
    Witness the fitness, the cruffatin liveth, one hope, one quest
    Witness the fitness, the cruffatin liveth, one hope, one quest
    One quest



    The dark art
    Bring the pensive dub
    The dub is wise
    Open your eye-dem
    From nineteen-long time them let loose the crackin'
    The god that 'nuff praise is Sterling collapse
    Eyes closed, heads bowed, I hear the prayer
    Proud, them must sing praise to the pound sign, sire
    Hoping that they read from their pinnacle lessons
    'Nuff buy scratch cards and gain jack-shit
    Nothin' ain't fair in love, strife and war
    Fat cats get fat while the poor stay brass
    Nothin' could go on without brack-a-tiv(?)
    Will you live to work or will you work to live?
    Will you step to the future or dwell on the past?
    For what be your fight, be it color or class?
    Know if you can't ask this, the tip is me
    I and I, scammin' on a fat piece of pie
    And as the greed gets thicker, minds get sicker
    Bloodthirsty fiends cap cocaine and liquor
    These streets is thick with bad cliques looking for that raise
    It don't really matter how these kids get paid
    Cos we're living in the days of ill soul decay
    We all got to be something and somebody
    We all got to find them modes to get large
    But when that love for the pound starts flooding
    Every thought we hold, devil disciples collect souls
    Like my man's bouncing weed ounces and everything's nice
    Then in comes the crackle it bounces him tight
    Triple dividends, new-found rank and position
    But more reason to be cautious, much more to defend
    Ends is meetin', criss skeets is greetin'
    Bloods them never dreamed shit could feel so criss
    While rollin' round the city in a brand-new Benz
    Feelin' kinda deft 'cause there's cash to collect
    Ego's on the boost now that ego needs feed
    Watch the devil dance, proceed as them lick up the powder
    Mans start feel like Jesse West 'cause the next plan be to
    Take out the middleman and make more grand
    [Chorus x2]
    The roots of evil run deep and keep runnin'
    You sticka with the cunning while the war drums are drummin'
    If you don't see now, you might never see
    'Cause the enemy strikes with them sick-tight ballistics
    Sadistic, no error, in the guise of a friend
    That was tight from way back, chewin' up the fat
    Talkin' 'bout how we gonna keep stuff true
    Through the thick through the thin, closer than the skin to flesh
    But everybody has their price
    When the beast strikes ain't no tellin' what will happen
    Just when you was thinkin' you was in the same team
    You catch the cold frowsy whiff of a snake in your midst
    Bringin' blitz to your plans when he done shook hands
    And said he's cool with his cut
    Now he wants to cut my throat and take the whole lot
    [Chorus x2]


  32. Akhomesteader profile image75
    Akhomesteaderposted 13 years ago

    Robert Service first last and always

  33. prettydarkhorse profile image54
    prettydarkhorseposted 13 years ago

    Pablo Neruda foreva

  34. Alayne Fenasci profile image60
    Alayne Fenasciposted 13 years ago

    Keats... "When I Have Fears" is an expression of something I have experienced since I can remember. Other pieces speak to me also.

    Byron... Rarely have I read anything that contained as many real words strung together without filler words cluttering things up.

    Billy Collins... His imagery works where most imagery tries too hard.

    Jewel... I enjoy her presentation of the strength that comes with a voice. Even more, I appreciate her acknowledgment of the occasional need to be unneeded.

    Van Gogh... He had a poet's soul, I think. Sadly, he didn't use a pen.

  35. Redraven077 profile image59
    Redraven077posted 13 years ago

    E E Cummings, Walt Whitman, for American poets
    Lord Byron, John Donne for English poets

  36. PeeGee profile image59
    PeeGeeposted 13 years ago

    Cool question - I'm reading through the other answers to find out about some more poets not on my radar. Ok for what its worth I love the work of Billy Childish from the UK, a man who uses hard core language at times but possesses the lightest of touches in reflection and description. I love a lady called Jo Bell again UK - she writes the best love poems and has a way with language that is inclusive and sharing in a really cool way. william carlos williams is a staple, the french poet Prevert is a man after my own heart with a pithy minimalistic style - try reading Paroles. I also love Roger McGough, Larkin, Brian Patten, John Hegley (for the humour) and a guy called Alun Lewis a lesser known WW1 poet who is getting some more exposure now. That's about it I guess - but I also love to listen to live stuff and find individual pieces in compilations like Bloodaxes - Being Alive and Voice Recognition. And the lyrics of Nick Cave, Frank Turner and Billy Bragg are poetry too....

  37. therealbainus profile image59
    therealbainusposted 13 years ago

    Billy Collins is outstanding! Another great poet is Jeffrey McDaniel. If you haven't seen him doing a poetry reading, definitely check him out.

  38. profile image0
    mewlhouseposted 13 years ago

    Jack Gilbert
    Emily Dickinson
    Wallace Stevens
    Eugenio Montale

  39. Will Apse profile image89
    Will Apseposted 13 years ago

    I ain't cool so it has to be Shakespeare, Blake and Eliot.

    I nearly forgot the why.

    Shakespeare because he wasn't scared of love.
    Blake because he wasn't scared of madness
    Eliot because he wasn't scared of death.

  40. Allegra Brown profile image60
    Allegra Brownposted 13 years ago

    Sylvia Plath.  There is no explination.  Just read the poems.

    of course, Ted Hughes, though he should have been CASTRATED!!

    Anne Sexton.  she knows.

    Emily Dickenson, for knowing the darkness.

    e.e.cummings, of course, 4 being his own poet & not caring about form, but, rather, creating his own.

    i'll give 'ol bill shakespear credit 4 sheer PASSION.

    then...  there is myself.....

  41. missmaudie profile image60
    missmaudieposted 13 years ago

    I love Sylvia Plath too.  I think it helps to know a little about her to understand her poems.

    Rupert Brooke

    Christy Brown - you'd think his poems would be angrier but they are just beautiful and 'earthy'.

    Oscar Wilde

  42. bonny2010 profile image60
    bonny2010posted 13 years ago

    Winifred Owen and Mother Nature

  43. theirishobserver. profile image61
    theirishobserver.posted 13 years ago

    Seamus Heaney, I can relate to alot of what he writes...and he is still alive smile

  44. tantrum profile image60
    tantrumposted 13 years ago

    Willian Blake

  45. James Mark profile image61
    James Markposted 13 years ago

    I don't read enough poetry these days, but I would like to add George Herbert for his metaphysical poetry. So much in so little, deep perception of human nature, great sense of wonder and thankfulness, powerful, unexpected contrasts, such as, "my dear, angry Lord …"

  46. timothyjward profile image90
    timothyjwardposted 13 years ago

    Robert Service

    Emily Dickinson

    A.E. Housman

    Ogden Nash


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