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on 28 Jul 2012 05:39

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Average listal rating (26 ratings) 8.9  IMDB Rating
1. Shel Silverstein
Books
★★★★★
The Giving Tree
The Missing Piece
Where the Sidewalk Ends
★★★★☆
A Light in the Attic
Falling Up
Playboy's Silverstein Around the World
★★★★
Every Thing On It
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Average listal rating (4 ratings) 8.8  IMDB Rating
2. Lao Tzu
★★★★★
Tao Te Ching
Chapter 78

Nothing in the world is softer or weaker than water
Yet nothing is better at overcoming the hard and strong
This is because nothing can replace it

That the weak overcomes the strong
And the soft overcomes the hard
Everybody in the world knows
But cannot put into practice

Therefore sages say:
The one who accepts the humiliation of the state
Is called its master
The one who accepts the misfortune of the state
Becomes king of the world
The truth seems like the opposite. (source)
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Average listal rating (33 ratings) 7.7  IMDB Rating
3. Allen Ginsberg
Books
★★★★★
Howl and Other Poems
Illuminated Poems (Illustrated)
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Average listal rating (243 ratings) 8.9  IMDB Rating
4. Edgar Allan Poe
★★★★★
Short Stories and Poems
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Average listal rating (351 ratings) 9  IMDB Rating
5. William Shakespeare
Books
★★★★★
Macbeth
★★★★☆
Romeo and Juliet
Sonnets
★★★★
A Midsummer Night's Dream
Twelfth Night
The Tempest
Wish-list: Hamlet, King Lear
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Average listal rating (124 ratings) 8.7  IMDB Rating
6. Charles Bukowski
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Average listal rating (36 ratings) 9  IMDB Rating
7. Arthur Rimbaud
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Average listal rating (69 ratings) 8.3  IMDB Rating
8. Dr. Seuss
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Average listal rating (117 ratings) 8.5  IMDB Rating
9. Lewis Carroll
★★★★☆
The Annotated Alice
★★★★★
Alice in Wonderland
★★★★
Through the Looking Glass
Life is but a Dream

A boat, beneath a sunny sky
Lingering onward dreamily
In an evening of July--

Children three that nestle near,
Eager eye and willing ear,
Pleased a simple tale to hear--

Long has paled that sunny sky;
Echoes fade and memories die;
Autumn frosts have slain July.

Still she haunts me, phantomwise,
Alice moving under skies
Never seen by waking eyes.

Children yet, the tale to hear,
Eager eye and willing ear,
Lovingly shall nestle near.

In a Wonderland they lie,
Dreaming as the days go by,
Dreaming as the summers die;

Ever drifting down the stream--
Lingering in the golden gleam--
Life, what is it but a dream?
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Average listal rating (19 ratings) 8.7  IMDB Rating
10. T.S. Eliot
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Pretty cool

I'm unfamiliar with these poets.
Average listal rating (0 ratings) 0  IMDB Rating
11. Robert Herrick
To the Virgins, to make much of Time
GATHER ye rosebuds while ye may,
Old Time is still a-flying:
And this same flower that smiles to-day
To-morrow will be dying.

The glorious lamp of heaven, the sun,
The higher he 's a-getting,
The sooner will his race be run,
And nearer he 's to setting.

That age is best which is the first,
When youth and blood are warmer;
But being spent, the worse, and worst
Times still succeed the former.

Then be not coy, but use your time,
And while ye may, go marry:
For having lost but once your prime,
You may for ever tarry.

Average listal rating (37 ratings) 8.7  IMDB Rating
12. Pablo Neruda
Die Slowly

He who becomes the slave of habit,
who follows the same routes every day,
who never changes pace,
who does not risk and change the color of his clothes,
who does not speak and does not experience,
dies slowly.

He or she who shuns passion,
who prefers black on white,
dotting ones "it’s" rather than a bundle of emotions, the kind that make your eyes glimmer,
that turn a yawn into a smile,
that make the heart pound in the face of mistakes and feelings,
dies slowly.

He or she who does not turn things topsy-turvy,
who is unhappy at work,
who does not risk certainty for uncertainty,
to thus follow a dream,
those who do not forego sound advice at least once in their lives,
die slowly.

He who does not travel, who does not read,
who does not listen to music,
who does not find grace in himself,
she who does not find grace in herself,
dies slowly.

He who slowly destroys his own self-esteem,
who does not allow himself to be helped,
who spends days on end complaining about his own bad luck, about the rain that never stops,
dies slowly.

He or she who abandon a project before starting it, who fail to ask questions on subjects he doesn't know, he or she who don't reply when they are asked something they do know,
die slowly.

Let's try and avoid death in small doses,
reminding oneself that being alive requires an effort far greater than the simple fact of breathing.

Only a burning patience will lead
to the attainment of a splendid happiness.
Pablo Neruda

Average listal rating (31 ratings) 8.3  IMDB Rating
14. William Blake
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Average listal rating (59 ratings) 8.4  IMDB Rating
16. Sylvia Plath

Average listal rating (24 ratings) 7.7  IMDB Rating
17. Rudyard Kipling
If


If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too:
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or, being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or being hated don't give way to hating,
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise;

If you can dream---and not make dreams your master;
If you can think---and not make thoughts your aim,
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same:.
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build'em up with worn-out tools;

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings,
And never breathe a word about your loss:
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: "Hold on!"

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings---nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much:
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And---which is more---you'll be a Man, my son!
Rudyard Kipling

I disliked White Man's Burden, but if that's not representative of most of his output I might read his poetry.

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18. William Ernest Henley
Out of the night that covers me, Black as the Pit from pole to pole, I thank whatever gods may be For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance I have not winced nor cried aloud. Under the bludgeonings of chance My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears Looms but the Horror of the shade, And yet the menace of the years Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate, How charged with punishments the scroll. I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul.

-William Ernest Henley


Have read none of their poems

Pretty Good

Average listal rating (8 ratings) 8.3  IMDB Rating
26. Saul Williams
I enjoy his readings, but I'm not sure if I'll enjoy his books.


Unsure

I might not read these poets' poems.
Average listal rating (3 ratings) 9.7  IMDB Rating
27. Alfred Tennyson

Average listal rating (6 ratings) 8.5  IMDB Rating
28. Paul Verlaine

Average listal rating (1 ratings) 6  IMDB Rating
29. Gerard De Nerval

Average listal rating (8 ratings) 8.1  IMDB Rating
30. William Wordsworth

Average listal rating (6 ratings) 9  IMDB Rating
31. Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Average listal rating (17 ratings) 9  IMDB Rating
32. John Keats

Average listal rating (5 ratings) 8.6  IMDB Rating
33. William Carlos Williams

Average listal rating (26 ratings) 8.1  IMDB Rating
34. Lord George Gordon Byron

Average listal rating (13 ratings) 8.8  IMDB Rating
35. Percy Bysshe Shelley

Average listal rating (37 ratings) 9  IMDB Rating
36. Charles Baudelaire

Average listal rating (18 ratings) 9.2  IMDB Rating
37. William Butler Yeats

Average listal rating (8 ratings) 8.8  IMDB Rating
38. Ezra Pound

Average listal rating (1 ratings) 8  IMDB Rating
39. Rumi

Average listal rating (2 ratings) 9  IMDB Rating
40. Li Po

Average listal rating (17 ratings) 8.4  IMDB Rating
41. John Milton

Average listal rating (4 ratings) 8.3  IMDB Rating
42. Wallace Stevens

Average listal rating (2 ratings) 6.5  IMDB Rating
43. John Donne

Average listal rating (2 ratings) 8.5  IMDB Rating
44. Carl Sandburg


Read later

I read some of their poetry and I didn't love their poems.
Average listal rating (5 ratings) 9.2  IMDB Rating
45. E.E. Cummings


 

My favorite poets and poets I'm interested in.

Recommendations are welcome.


Note to self: I asked for recommendations here.

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Posted: 1 year, 10 months ago at Nov 27 3:10
This list is perfect. If is one of my fave poems.

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