What poetry should I read?
October 17, 2012 7:22 AM Subscribe
Can you suggest a poet or two to me? I'd like to have some poems to read at night before I go to sleep. I don't know anything about poetry and I'm afraid that buying something at random or because it has won a prize will leave me with poetry that is too dense and unapproachable.
posted by Area Man to writing & language (46 answers total) 31 users marked this as a favorite
I didn't read much English-language poetry in school. My high school wasn't good, and I focused on Russian and Political Science in college. I've read some T.S. Elliot (I selected a volume at random from the bookstore). I couldn't hack The Wasteland, but liked the Four Quartets and some of the other poems. And I love Wislawa Szymborska (the book was a gift), but aside from those two, a bit of Emily Dickinson, and some of Shakespeare's sonnets that even my city high school couldn't avoid teaching, that's about it. I don't know the name of a single living poet and only know the names and approximate historical periods of the prominent dead poets. During my post-college life, I've focused my reading on novels, history books, social science and short stories, and really don't know where to start with poetry.