I love poetry. I love all forms of the written word really, but one of the first pieces of my own work that I had published was a poem – it was included in an anthology when I was 11. (My actual earliest piece was a short story when I was 7, but my mother submitted that, not me!) M hates poetry – or at least claims to. She swears she hates all poems, whether they rhyme or don’t rhyme, but she loves Poe’s The Raven and Dante’s Divine Comedy – she never read Inferno to the rhythm, and I couldn’t not. It’s a source of contention and torturing each other. Anyway, I thought I’d share a few of my favorite (shorter) poems – if you like one, check out the poet for more of their works!
Dorothy Parker is probably one of my absolute favorite poets. She’s dry, witty, sarcastic, with a dark side – something I appreciate. At the same time, she’s less depressing than Plath. Over the years, her poems have actually kind of helped me keep things in perspective – she’s likely got a fair amount to do with why I’m single, but in the best way.
This poem seems dark, but who hasn’t wondered why X person still exists when they just…suck soooo much!? It goes perfectly well with her Resume poem for those days when the person you hate…is yourself.
Robert Frost is a famous, traditional poet, but I love him anyway. In particular, my favorite piece by him is Fire And Ice – I myself tend towards fire emotionally, but I think we all know that, when it comes to people, ice is the far more dangerous thing to face.
Dickinson is another of my all-time favorite poets. I did a report on her in middle school, and just fell in love with her writing. She and her writing stood out as odd and unique in her own time period, and honestly, even today she has a style that’s never been replicated. Her poems generally reflect her status as an outcast – although not necessarily in a bad way. Mostly, she seems to have found a level of peace in ignoring society’s expectations and living life as she wanted. That’s a sentiment I admire, and am working on myself.
Maya Angelou is an extraordinary writer who uses the obstacles and hardships she’s overcome, primarily the ones she encountered due to her race and gender, to write inspiring and powerful poems. If you haven’t read her work, you need to. Her most famous piece is probably I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, but her best is arguably Still I Rise (or Phenomenal Woman).
I don’t know…well, anything about Wintle, but I’ve heard this poem and love it enough to go looking for it. It’s really just a great reminder that things are up to you, a message that everyone can use at some point.
What are your favorite pieces of poetry? Any that really strike you as meaningful?