50 Essential Books of Poetry That Everyone Should Read


It’s National Poetry Month, and you’re probably thinking: “I should really read more poetry. But where oh where do I start?” Well, sound the trumpets, because here is Flavorwire to the rescue! After the jump, you’ll find a list of 50 essential books of poetry that pretty much everyone should read. There’s something for everybody here, from the deeply established canonical works to riveting, important books by newer poets, from the Romantics to the post-modernists, from the goofy to the staid. NB: as with other lists like these, only one work per author has been included, and there is a bias against the “Collected Poems of” unless necessary. Obviously, inevitably, painfully, there are many, many poets and works of poetry, both of great renown and less so, that are missing here and should still be read by everyone. This list can only reflect personal taste, chance meetings, and wild subjectivity…

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I believe that love is an extreme emotion. You can’t calculate love to a degree. So you can’t say, ‘I will love him or her but I will leave some love for myself’. You can’t do that. It’s either you love or you don’t. It’s either you’re in love or you’re not. There’s no in between. There’s no number, there’s no percentage.

How We Tried

Tried, but no enough. Tested, but cannot be.

Tried, but not enough. Tested, but cannot be.

1:04 AM and I just greeted somebody a happy birthday. We usually count days, like birthdays, because it reminds us of a significant event, usually important and wonderful ones. And every year, when we celebrate our own birthdays, it reminds us how fast time flies and that some things are here to stay. These things are beautiful because they stood the test of time and the terror of aging. But also, some things become memorable and magical because they don’t last.

So I’m sitting here with a friend beside me singing “welcome home, my lover, my friend” song which I really don’t have an idea what it’s all about and I thought, how many times have I wasted precious time?

We usually have said to do things but never actually do it.

It’s like when the time that I said ‘goodbye’ for a very long time but haven’t moved a step away. Time passed and I just stood there, doing nothing. We wasted time doing things we shouldn’t have done or exerted efforts where it was not needed.

How we tried to fix something not broken. Like a slow, working mobile phone or a relationship.

How we tried to fix something that cannot be fixed like a broken glass or a spilled milk.

Ho we tried to fix something all because it was already a habit like our hair in the morning or eye bags with concealer.

We do a lot of these things which we spent a lot of time doing. Fixing is good but may have a bad effect. Let the celebration of our birthdays remind us of these things.\

Let precious time stand its purpose. Let time be gold again.