T h e  P o e m s

Below is just a small sampling of some of the poems chosen by volunteers for the Favorite Poem Project. Take a look at the poems, perhaps say them aloud, and read or listen to some of what the Americans who love the poems have to say about them.


The Sentence
Anna Akhmatova

The Improvement
John Ashbery

Musée des Beaux Arts
W. H. Auden

At the Fishhouses
Elizabeth Bishop

The Emigrant Irish
Eavan Boland

We Real Cool
Gwendolyn Brooks

My Last Duchess
Robert Browning

Ay, Ay, Ay de la Grifa Negra
Julia de Burgos

from The Prologue to The Canterbury Tales
Geoffrey Chaucer

At Melville's Tomb
Hart Crane

#254 ("'Hope' is the thing with feathers –")
Emily Dickinson

#288 ("I'm nobody! Who are you?")
Emily Dickinson

#333 ("The Grass so little has to do –")
Emily Dickinson

Little Brown Baby
Paul Laurence Dunbar

The Party
Paul Laurence Dunbar

Concord Hymn
Ralph Waldo Emerson

The World Is a Beautiful Place
Lawrence Ferlinghetti

"Out, Out—"
Robert Frost

The Road Not Taken
Robert Frost

Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
Robert Frost

First Memory
Louise Gl├╝ck

The Holy Longing
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, translated by Robert Bly

Joy Harjo

Those Winter Sundays
Robert Hayden

God's Grandeur
Gerard Manley Hopkins

Diffugere Nives
A. E. Housman

Langston Hughes

Merry Go Round
Langston Hughes

Minstrel Man
Langston Hughes

Mother to Son
Langston Hughes

My People
Langston Hughes

Next Day
Randall Jarrell

The Song of the Banana Man
Evan Jones

Rudyard Kipling

Variations on a Theme by William Carlos Williams
Kenneth Koch

Facing It
Yusef Komunyakaa


Hornworm: Autumn Lamentation
Stanley Kunitz

Denise Levertov

Philip Levine

A Psalm of Life
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

To His Coy Mistress
Andrew Marvell

God's World
Edna St. Vincent Millay

from Lycidas
John Milton

by Gabriela Mistral

The Makers
Howard Nemerov

Puedo Escribir
Pablo Neruda

Tonight I Can Write
Pablo Neruda, translated by W.S. Merwin

POEM ("Lana Turner has collapsed")
Frank O'Hara

Dulce et Decorum Est
Wilfred Owen

Nick and the Candlestick
Sylvia Plath

Polly's Tree
Sylvia Plath

On a Quiet Night
Li Po

The Raven
Edgar Allan Poe

The Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd
Sir Walter Raleigh

from Sonnets to Orpheus
Rainer Maria Rilke

My Papa's Waltz
Theodore Roethke

The Sloth
Theodore Roethke

Hope Is a Tattered Flag
Carl Sandburg

Sonnet 29
William Shakespeare

Not Waving But Drowning
Stevie Smith

The Idea of Order at Key West
Wallace Stevens

Block City
Robert Louis Stevenson

from Gitanjali
by Rabindranath Tagore

Casey at the Bat
Ernest Lawrence Thayer

For My People
Margaret Walker

from Song of Myself
Walt Whitman

When I Heard the Learn'd Astronomer
Walt Whitman

Danse Russe
William Carlos Williams

This Is Just to Say
William Carlos Williams

William Butler Yeats

Untitled Tanka ["The lower leaves of the trees"]
Sone No Yoshitada

Way of the Water Hyacinth


         Host an Event  Subscribe  Poems  Contact  Sponsors  Make a Donation       

Back to Favorite Poem Project home page