Poetry For Dummies
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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

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The Poetry Center in San Francisco sponsors readings and awards and houses a renowned poetry archive. John Timpane, Ph.D., is the author of It Could Be Verse: Anybody's Guide to Poetry. Maureen Watts is a writer and longtime poetry activist who serves on the board of the National Poetry Association

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