Poetry Reading List

Conrad Aiken
Margaret Atwood
W. H.  Auden
Elizabeth Bishop
Rupert Brooke
Gwendolyn Brooks
Rita Dove
Paul Lawrence Dunbar
Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Alan Ginsburg
Nikki Giovanni
Donald Hall
Thomas Hardy
Robert  Hayden
Seamus  Heaney
A.E. Houseman
Ted Hughes
Langston Hughes
Randall Jarrell
Philip Larkin
D. H.  Lawrence
Marianne Moore
Pablo Neruda
Wilfred Owen
Sylvia Plath
Edgar Allan Poe
Rainer Marie Rilke
Christina Rossetti
Anne Sexton
Karl Shapiro
Wallace Stevens
Allen Tate
Dylan Thomas
John Updike
Derek Walcott
Richard Wilbur
William C. Williams
William Wordsworth
W. B.  Yeats

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[cut/pasted with gratitude from Ms. Cotten's AP site: http://lcotten.educatorpages.com/38663]


  1. Is there any criteria for what counts as poetry and what doesn't? For example, do guys like Shel Silverstein or Doctor Suess count even though their work is considered "kiddish"? Do poems that have no real scheme like Langston Hughe's "As I Grow Older" count? And does Shakespeare count?

    1. Shakespeare and Hughes for sure-- if you select Silverstein or Seuss, be sure to maintain analytical rigor.

  2. I don't mean to sound rude. But it's Edgar Allan Poe not Allen. For future reference. :)

    1. That's not rude, it's a lesson not to copy/paste without proofreading! Problem solved. :)

  3. Owen asks if Invictus by William Ernest Henley is valid as a choice. :)

  4. What about Emily Dickinson or Walt Whitman?