So this is the Poet Meme that Bloglily took me up on. I’ve concentrated on primarily American poets of a certain age & accomplishment — with only 20-ish names as my limit, clearly there had to be parameters — with the exception of Rilke, because Lily doesn’t have him on her list, and I think he’s essential. And Auden. And Keats. It’s my list, I can be inconsistent if I want to. Naturally it’s myopic and incomplete, as all such lists are doomed to be. But compiling such lists, while fun, is also a lens into your reading proclivities and biases — feel free to add your favorites: I’m sure to experience a “‘Doh!” moment. Perhaps someone else (Emma?) could compile another 20 to add to my & Lily’s tab, using whatever categorization she chooses, i.e., up & comers, non-American. Nudge, nudge, wink, wink, say no more?
And I didn’t bother to bold anything because I have at least read something by each of these poets, some a good deal, others less so, but something nonetheless.
The lists, Lily’s & mine, combined and in alphabetical order:
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Rainer Maria Rilke
Ellen Bryant Voigt