A Crash Course in Poetic History

By The Poetry Center, John Timpane

Part of Poetry For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Poems represent some of the greatest works of literature assembled. Peruse these noteworthy poems to see some of the early creations and how poetry evolved:

  • The Odyssey by Homer

  • Rubaiyat XII by Omar Khayyam

  • “Farewell” by Chao Li-hua

  • Sonnet 73 by William Shakespeare

  • The Inferno by Dante

  • Eugene Onegin by Alexander Pushkin

  • “Crossing Brooklyn Ferry” by Walt Whitman

  • “A Narrow Fellow in the Grass” by Emily Dickinson

  • “The Second Coming” by William Butler Yeats

  • “Walking Around” by Pablo Neruda

  • “Requiem: 1935–1940” by Anna Akhmatova

  • “Song of the Initiate” by Léopold Sédar Senghor

  • “Daddy” by Sylvia Plath

  • “Under a Certain Little Star” by Wislawa Szymborska

  • “Monster Mash” by David Trinidad