Poet Meme.

So this is the Poet Meme that Bloglily took me up on. I’ve concentrated on primarily American poets of a certain age & accomplishment — with only 20-ish names as my limit, clearly there had to be parameters — with the exception of Rilke, because Lily doesn’t have him on her list, and I think he’s essential. And Auden. And Keats. It’s my list, I can be inconsistent if I want to. Naturally it’s myopic and incomplete, as all such lists are doomed to be. But compiling such lists, while fun, is also a lens into your reading proclivities and biases — feel free to add your favorites: I’m sure to experience a “‘Doh!” moment. Perhaps someone else (Emma?) could compile another 20 to add to my & Lily’s tab, using whatever categorization she chooses, i.e., up & comers, non-American. Nudge, nudge, wink, wink, say no more?

And I didn’t bother to bold anything because I have at least read something by each of these poets, some a good deal, others less so, but something nonetheless.

The lists, Lily’s & mine, combined and in alphabetical order:

Anna Akhmatova
W.H. Auden
Elizabeth Bishop
Eavan Boland
Marianne Boruch
Gwendolyn Brooks
Chaucer
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Billy Collins
Emily Dickinson
John Donne
T.S. Eliot
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Carolyn Forché
Amy Gerstler
Linda Gregg
Marilyn Hacker
Rachel Hadas
Seamus Heaney
Anthony Hecht
John Keats
Galway Kinnell
Ted Kooser
James Merrill
Medbh McGuckian
Czeslaw Milosz
John Milton
Honor Moore
Marianne Moore
Pablo Neruda
Alicia Ostriker
Sylvia Plath
Marie Ponsot
Adrienne Rich
Rainer Maria Rilke
Pattiann Rogers
Gjertrud Schnackenberg
Shakespeare
Anne Sexton
Tom Sleigh
Wallace Stevens
Ruth Stone
Mark Strand
Jean Valentine
Ellen Bryant Voigt
Walt Whitman
Derek Walcott
W.B. Yeats

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8 thoughts on “Poet Meme.

  1. I wonder if it would be fun to think up a representative poem for each poet. And, who knows, even LINK to it? (But if I did that, I would never write another word of fiction.)

    I like your additions. I need to get reading here. I am not so good on contemporary poetry.

  2. OOH! Hooray! I’ll get this this, yes, yes, especially as I’m seeing a distinct absence of Gluck. I applaud Schnakenberg!

    Incidentally, dearest Marie, the Secret Project has returned!

  3. How could I forget Gluck?! — Meadowlands is one of my favorite books ever, and may be the very first poetry book I ever purchased brand new! Thank you, Emma….and thank you again — clearly I have somewhere to be! ;o)

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