Monday, May 23, 2016

Newest Favorite Poetry Discoveries

If you guys have been here before than you know that I LOVE poetry. This semester I took my last literature course for my degree (Modern British Literature) and while that makes me a little happy and sad at the same time, I found some really great new poems through this class. We spent a lot of time on the Romantic period, something that I did not have much experience with before hand, and then moved on through to the modern short story. Here's a few of my favorite poems from the class.

I have linked you to the poems, so just click on them to read them.

Romantic Era
"Lines Composed a Few Miles above Tintern Abbey" by William Wordsworth
"Frost at Midnight" by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
These two are great examples of the nature imagery and love of nature that dominated Romantic poetry as well as nature's connection to humanity.

"Written in the Churchyard in Middleton in Sussex" by Charlotte Smith
This one is quite a haunting look at nature and humanity's connection.

"They" by Siegfried Sassoon
"Glory of Women" by Siegfried Sassoon
WWI has inspired some of the greatest poems of all time, and I will be adding these to my favorite war poems. Both are so bitter, biting, and question the morals and presumptions of the most powerful nations in the world.

"The Second Coming" by William Butler Yeats
"September 1, 1939" by W.H. Auden
Modernism is really interesting and complicated. I would love to tackle it in a Literary Look post soon because I want to learn more about it myself. These two poems deal with the inevitable doom of humanity and the world, which is always a great topic for poetry. Sept. 1, 1939 is the day that Hitler invaded Poland, that's information you will need before reading that poem.

As always, I would love for you to recommend me some of your favorite poems.