Many people think that poetry is something annoying - mandatory when you’re in high school, non-existent when one grows up and takes on day-to-day life. Well, think again. As with many other things, the reason a lot of people are not interested in poetry is because they have never been exposed to things they would like. Just like books or movies, there are things you probably won’t like, but I am sure there is something in the world of poetry that you just might come to appreciate. So, I took it upon myself to help you dive into it by selecting 5 poems, some more famous than others, for you to check out!
- Annabel Lee by Edgar Allan Poe. Poe was a pretty cool dude. Not only is he the father of science fiction (!), he also liked writing poetic and spooky stories. Annabel Lee is his last finished poem, and is considered a masterpiece. The main theme is the death of a beautiful woman, one of Poe’s favorites. It has inspired many modern works, including Nabokov’s novel Lolita.
- The Flea by John Donne. This is a pretty racy Renaissance poem written by John Donne. It’s basically about a guy begging his love to have sex with him, as well as trying to explain that virginity is not such a big deal after all.
- Sonnet 18 by William Shakespeare. Aside from writing plays, the Bard also wrote poetry. His famous sonnets are famous for being romantic AND dedicated to a man!
- Mad Girl’s Love Song by Sylvia Plath. The famous neurotic, Sylvia Plath, was most talented and most unhappy. This poem is also linked to her novel, The Bell Jar (a must-read!).
- To His Coy Mistress by Andrew Marvell. Another naughty one. It gives Carpe Diem a whole new meaning.
Hopefully, you’ve read something you liked. I am also exploring poetry at the moment, so if you have any poems YOU like, let me know. And thanks for reading!