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Jon's Favorites

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    Each of the editors of the Poets' Corner site has put together his own list of favorite poems. Some in these lists cannot be found here at Poets' Corner since they are still covered by copyright, but that shouldn't stop you from finding and enjoying the works as much as we do.

    Editor Favorites of Jon Lachelt

    • A Sonnet of the Moon by Charles Best
    • I think this is my favorite sonnet of the few that I've read. The language is so clear and the images so vivid. It stirs my heart like few other poems do.

    • Sunlight on the Garden by Louis MacNeice
    • This has some of the most unique use of sounds I've read. This poem is best enjoyed read aloud.

    • I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud by William Wordsworth
    • I love to garden, and daffodils are some of my favorite flowers. I can clearly picture the granduer of the scene Wordsworth is remembering.

    • I Know an Aged Man Constrained to Dwell by William Wordsworth
    • A sad story, but beautiful.

    • Paul Revere's Ride by Henry Wordsworth Longfellow
    • What american can help but enjoy this poem? It is easy to see why it was so popular when it was first published. The rhythm even feels like a galloping horse. This was the first poem of significant length I memorized and recited for a large audience. It was especially fun to see the young kids enjoying it.

    • The Raven by Edgar Allen Poe
    • This is another excellent poem for memorization. Once you have the basic story-line down the stanzas almost recite themselves. The rhythm and rhyme are so precise.

    • The Cremation of Sam McGee by Robert W. Service
    • I understand that Robert Service didn't really think of himself as a poet. He called himself a "verse-man". Whatever he is called he has the most amazing ability to make perfectly rhymed phrases seem just as normal as a conversation. This is another poem that is easy to memorize once you have the story down.

    • The Angler by Thomas Buchanan Reed
    • My grandfather was quite a fisherman. I never really grew to love the sport as he did, but this poem helps me appreciate the aspects of it he enjoyed. I also appreciate the skill of the writer. The word pictures Reed uses are so vivid.

    • To My Dear and Loving Husband by Anne Bradstreet
    • How do I love thee? by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
    • Both of these poems are just plain great. They talk about the subject that is the pinacle of humanity, they describe the best aspects of that subject, and they express it in a most excellent fashion.

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