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Just in time for National Poetry Month, a fantastic collection of some of the best poems ever. These are some of the most amazing poems ever written, touching the heart, challenging the mind, and conjuring worlds of experience and imagination. Included are poems by: Emily Dickinson Edgar Allan Poe William Shakespeare Sylvia Plath Walt Whitman Pablo Neruda Lucille Clifton Elizabeth Just in time for National Poetry Month, a fantastic collection of some of the best poems ever. These are some of the most amazing poems ever written, touching the heart, challenging the mind, and conjuring worlds of experience and imagination. Included are poems by: Emily Dickinson Edgar Allan Poe William Shakespeare Sylvia Plath Walt Whitman Pablo Neruda Lucille Clifton Elizabeth Barrett Browning Gwendolyn Brooks Wallace Stevens Marianne Moore Percy Bysshe Shelley . . . and many more!


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Just in time for National Poetry Month, a fantastic collection of some of the best poems ever. These are some of the most amazing poems ever written, touching the heart, challenging the mind, and conjuring worlds of experience and imagination. Included are poems by: Emily Dickinson Edgar Allan Poe William Shakespeare Sylvia Plath Walt Whitman Pablo Neruda Lucille Clifton Elizabeth Just in time for National Poetry Month, a fantastic collection of some of the best poems ever. These are some of the most amazing poems ever written, touching the heart, challenging the mind, and conjuring worlds of experience and imagination. Included are poems by: Emily Dickinson Edgar Allan Poe William Shakespeare Sylvia Plath Walt Whitman Pablo Neruda Lucille Clifton Elizabeth Barrett Browning Gwendolyn Brooks Wallace Stevens Marianne Moore Percy Bysshe Shelley . . . and many more!

30 review for The Best Poems Ever: A Collection of Poetry's Greatest Voices

  1. 5 out of 5

    Tamecia

    In my opinion there were only about 10 poems in this collection that I would consider some of the best. It was a good read though, I may not have liked it as much as I did if it wasn't for the fact that it contained some of my favorite poems.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Ruth Bailey

    I wish I could say that this would be useful as an introduction to poetry for YA readers. Some of my favorite poems are in this collection, and I may have found them here first. So far as variety and content, it's solid. It's un-intimidating and accessible. The problem is that everything is presented devoid of context. The title is obviously hyperbolic, and thus it gives very vague indication as to the contents. Unlike the other books in this series, there is no introduction by the editor or a c I wish I could say that this would be useful as an introduction to poetry for YA readers. Some of my favorite poems are in this collection, and I may have found them here first. So far as variety and content, it's solid. It's un-intimidating and accessible. The problem is that everything is presented devoid of context. The title is obviously hyperbolic, and thus it gives very vague indication as to the contents. Unlike the other books in this series, there is no introduction by the editor or a contemporary writer. There are no notes on the authors of each poem. The year of each's publication isn't even given. Poetry collections that span the themes, styles, and time periods represented here warrant some interpretation or management, and there is none. Considering these points, and that these poems could all be easily accessed elsewhere, I wouldn't recommend it.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jagger Cummings

    I am not the biggest fan of poetry but this was very interesting. I enjoyed the short stories and may read some more poems from some of the poets included in this book.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Oscar Mares

    I think it's OK and that is accomplishes the task as an introduction to poetry for a YA aundience. I would reccomend it for that. It was also intereseting to read poets that wrote in Spanish and that were translated and included such as Pablo Neruda and Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz. My takeaways are some beautiful poems like Exhile's Letter by Rihaku, Life in a love by Robert Browning, The raven by Edgar Allan Poe (<3), Buffalo dusk by Carl Sandburg, The night dances by Sylvia Plath, This is jus I think it's OK and that is accomplishes the task as an introduction to poetry for a YA aundience. I would reccomend it for that. It was also intereseting to read poets that wrote in Spanish and that were translated and included such as Pablo Neruda and Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz. My takeaways are some beautiful poems like Exhile's Letter by Rihaku, Life in a love by Robert Browning, The raven by Edgar Allan Poe (<3), Buffalo dusk by Carl Sandburg, The night dances by Sylvia Plath, This is just to say by William Carlos Williams, Jabberwocky by Lewis Carrol, The Tyger by William Blake, Mother to son by Langston Hughes, The road not taken by Robert Frost, Who had seen the wind by Christina Georgina Rossetti, Tenebris by Angelina Weld Grimké and I may, I might, I must by Marianne Moore.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Krista

    My new favorite poem (replacing the Shel Silverstein classic, Nobody) is Edna St. Vincent Millay's Travel - that final stanza about friends and moving on...

  6. 4 out of 5

    Alec

    I am not the biggest fan of poetry so if you are trying to find a book to read i wouldn't go with this but I had a hard time to read this book but overall it was okay.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Precious Jaylynne

    This book has some of the best poems ever written and some coming from the best poets.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Caroline

    It was just okay. Some of the poems were kinda weird, deep and hard to understand. It's not the best poetry book I have read, but it wasn't too bad.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Emma

    It was ok, I'm not really into poetry so I really didn't care much about it. But other than that it was pretty good.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Lauren

    I picked this book out thinking it would be okay, but I was wrong. I really disliked it and only finished it because I needed it for the genre chart. I wouldn't recommend this book.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Eric

    In this book, a lot of the poems were written about more happy and uplifting content. One was about dogs, another was about a crow that woke someone up, and much more. Some things that were written about in the poems were about their experiences. One poem was about someone watching two dogs fighting. A recurring trend in many of the poems is that they were very long and drawn out. There were not many figurative devices in this book. Many of the devices that were used were always there to add to t In this book, a lot of the poems were written about more happy and uplifting content. One was about dogs, another was about a crow that woke someone up, and much more. Some things that were written about in the poems were about their experiences. One poem was about someone watching two dogs fighting. A recurring trend in many of the poems is that they were very long and drawn out. There were not many figurative devices in this book. Many of the devices that were used were always there to add to the imagery or theme of the poems. For example: in the poem about dogs, most of the words in the short poem were used to describe what the dog looked like, and allow the person reading to fill in what the dog may have looked like with a dog they already know and associate the dog in the story with the dog they already know. In another poem, the opposite happened. There were at least 4 pages of writing to create a more detailed picture of both the main subject and the environment. Overall, the book was okay. I felt like some poems were way too long for me to enjoy them. Other than that, all of the other poems were generic. It was cool to see the figurative devices that I have been learning in class. This book will be a good read for you if you like poems that are moving.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Audrey

    The poems were really well written and very diverse. It didn’t follow any plot which was honestly a nice change. I don’t particularly enjoy poetry but the rhymes and poetic devices were used well in a large majority of the poems. I recognized some of the authors from things I did in school so that was a good story to life connection. Speaking of story to life connections, some of the poems were more relatable than I care to admit. Various poetic devices are used such as Allusion, inner rhyme, and The poems were really well written and very diverse. It didn’t follow any plot which was honestly a nice change. I don’t particularly enjoy poetry but the rhymes and poetic devices were used well in a large majority of the poems. I recognized some of the authors from things I did in school so that was a good story to life connection. Speaking of story to life connections, some of the poems were more relatable than I care to admit. Various poetic devices are used such as Allusion, inner rhyme, and rhyme scheme. They were used well for the most part. Some of the poetic devices didn’t flow so well though. I enjoyed seeing different minds use similar poetic devices in different ways. I find poems interesting and I appreciate the effort people put in them. I have a new view on poetry after reading the famous works but as said before I still don’t really like poetry. I have admiration for the person who organized this book because it’s done well and it was an easy read despite the fact that it didn’t exactly bring me joy.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Yazmin L.

    I really enjoyed reading this book. These poems were fun to read and are very creative in the wording. I always enjoy reading ones that rhyme because that is something I enjoy doing with my own poems. One poem that I really liked from here was titled "Mother to Son" by Lagston Hughes, I like the message that was given in this poem and how it was written. I also liked the poem totled "Travel" by Edna St. Vincent Millay, this poem had great imagery when reading it. Finally I also liked "Sonnet 130 I really enjoyed reading this book. These poems were fun to read and are very creative in the wording. I always enjoy reading ones that rhyme because that is something I enjoy doing with my own poems. One poem that I really liked from here was titled "Mother to Son" by Lagston Hughes, I like the message that was given in this poem and how it was written. I also liked the poem totled "Travel" by Edna St. Vincent Millay, this poem had great imagery when reading it. Finally I also liked "Sonnet 130" by William Shakespeare (I already knew this poem by Shakespeare - he never fails me :) The editor did a great choice on what poems to mash up in this book.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jackson

    A nice book for first time poem readers.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    A wonderful collection of excellent poetry!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Madiw

    My favorite poem is “The night dances.”.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Hannah

    I take issue with "ever," but there are several good and classic poems in here.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Aaliyah

    i think that you are mean because it wont even let me read it

  19. 5 out of 5

    Kassandraa

    I gave the poems a 5 star not the pretentious book.

  20. 5 out of 5

    David Miller

    Well, there are some pretty great poems in here. No one is denying that. But the best poems ever? That's a big claim. They ought to be careful about such sweeping pronouncements. "(Some of) The Most Famous Poems Ever", perhaps. "Poems Likely to be Encountered in a Typical Anglophone Literature Class", perhaps. How curious that the majority of The Best Poems Ever would have been written in English, though we do get a few translated examples from the likes of Li Po and Pablo Neruda. I don't know h Well, there are some pretty great poems in here. No one is denying that. But the best poems ever? That's a big claim. They ought to be careful about such sweeping pronouncements. "(Some of) The Most Famous Poems Ever", perhaps. "Poems Likely to be Encountered in a Typical Anglophone Literature Class", perhaps. How curious that the majority of The Best Poems Ever would have been written in English, though we do get a few translated examples from the likes of Li Po and Pablo Neruda. I don't know how exactly these poems were selected (though the inclusion of Poe's The Raven as opposed to any of his other works was probably a foregone conclusion). I'm a little puzzled at how they were arranged, careening as they do back and forth between old fashioned lyricism and terse modernist enigmas. A young student attempting to discover what poetry was by skimming this book might find themselves confused. Another student, perhaps more a more experienced reader, might find it very helpful in discovering the broad outlines of their taste in poetry. I for one found it fascinating, and did discover a few classics that I was not already familiar with. It's not the definitive collection it makes itself out to be, but it is still a worthwhile read.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kathryn

    Poetry/YA This book is actually a collection of classic poetry(Shakespeare, ee cumings, T.S.Eliot, and others), that, in good YA tradition is neither to complicated or uses too esoteric wording. The poetry is good, ranging from all topics, from love, writing, death, to the plums that the author ate. All are in seeming good taste - neither something too distressing, or anything too childish. Quite a few of the poems will probably be familiar to most YA readers, as they are frequently used in Engli Poetry/YA This book is actually a collection of classic poetry(Shakespeare, ee cumings, T.S.Eliot, and others), that, in good YA tradition is neither to complicated or uses too esoteric wording. The poetry is good, ranging from all topics, from love, writing, death, to the plums that the author ate. All are in seeming good taste - neither something too distressing, or anything too childish. Quite a few of the poems will probably be familiar to most YA readers, as they are frequently used in English classes. I could easily see how a student, impressed by one of the poems, which they have either read earlier, or read on picking up the book, and purchasing it for that specific poem. As opposed to most classical poetry collections, there are absolutely no footnotes, addendums, or other commentary. In one aspect this is ideal - there is no apparent insistence on the reader understanding a specific "meaning" - the reader is free to interpret at will. However, it is also a problem, as, especially in some of the older poems, there are words and phrases which are difficult to understand (even for me) A good book for most high school students, but I don't think I would recommend it for anyone younger than 14-15.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Aimee Haderlie

    This is a compilation of poems that I guess are supposed to be the best poems ever. There are some well known poems like The Raven, The Road Not Taken, The Jabberwocky, Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night and many others. There are love poems, poems about stars, Poems about food and many other topics. This book has a very wide array and if you don't like one you can move to the next. They are pretty short and some are very short. This was kind of fun to read just because I don't often just sit This is a compilation of poems that I guess are supposed to be the best poems ever. There are some well known poems like The Raven, The Road Not Taken, The Jabberwocky, Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night and many others. There are love poems, poems about stars, Poems about food and many other topics. This book has a very wide array and if you don't like one you can move to the next. They are pretty short and some are very short. This was kind of fun to read just because I don't often just sit down and read poetry one after another and Although many of the poems I had never heard before I found a few that I really liked for instance, The Night Dances. I really like this one. It talks about the stars and the night sky and it was fun to read and think about. The cool thing about poetry is there is a surface meaning and then usually there is a deeper meaning and sometimes it varies per person. If you want a quick read and you like poetry I would recommend this. Obviously if you don't really like poetry don't torture yourself, however, there are quite a few poems that would be good in a teaching setting.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Julia Stephenson

    I enjoyed this short book. It was lovely, and either though some of the poetry can be challenging to comprehend, the poems are still beautiful. You just have to remind yourself not to take the book literally. The words the authors choose to put in poetry are used for detail purposes. An example is when "The Road Not Taken" mentions the road. The road is only being shown as a way people choose what to do in their lives. The Road Not Taken is just a different life choice than others. The 2 choices I enjoyed this short book. It was lovely, and either though some of the poetry can be challenging to comprehend, the poems are still beautiful. You just have to remind yourself not to take the book literally. The words the authors choose to put in poetry are used for detail purposes. An example is when "The Road Not Taken" mentions the road. The road is only being shown as a way people choose what to do in their lives. The Road Not Taken is just a different life choice than others. The 2 choices that Frost could be referring to may differ from person to person. I interpreted the 2 roads as a choice between college or job. This book contains a variety of authors, and their poems to introduce poetry to children. Some poems are a bit darker than others. The only reason I used Frost's example is because his poem is easier to explain to others.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Sara

    I do enjoy poetry, quite a bit, but I was not a big fan of this book. The layout was odd - the poems were not in any order that made sense (not by time period, subject, or even name), so it was very choppy reading. Since this seems to have been written for kids and young adults, you would think the editor would have added some notations about the poet's background or inspiration, which may have been helpful in understanding the poems included, but there's nothing. And as someone else mentioned, I do enjoy poetry, quite a bit, but I was not a big fan of this book. The layout was odd - the poems were not in any order that made sense (not by time period, subject, or even name), so it was very choppy reading. Since this seems to have been written for kids and young adults, you would think the editor would have added some notations about the poet's background or inspiration, which may have been helpful in understanding the poems included, but there's nothing. And as someone else mentioned, a lot of wonderful poets are included, but whether these are their best works is certainly questionable. If you are looking for a good selection of poetry to start out with, I would look elsewhere!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Stephy

    When I found this in a used bookstore a few years back, I had read many of the poems it contains. Many were already favorites. But I was traveling, and there were a lot of poems I had NOT read, so it joined my collection. It's a wonderful introduction to a variety of forms and styles of poetry, as well as being a good read. As a bonus, the cover is pretty. I had not really enjoyed much Wallace Stevens before "Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird." Although my personal preference for Shelley w When I found this in a used bookstore a few years back, I had read many of the poems it contains. Many were already favorites. But I was traveling, and there were a lot of poems I had NOT read, so it joined my collection. It's a wonderful introduction to a variety of forms and styles of poetry, as well as being a good read. As a bonus, the cover is pretty. I had not really enjoyed much Wallace Stevens before "Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird." Although my personal preference for Shelley would have been "Ozymandias." I hunt for this book now, and when I find copies, hand them off to people who don't know much about poetry, but were forced to write poetry in grammar school.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Vicki

    I have to really study poetry to get it, so I am not a big fan. Although this book of poems had many in it that I had read and studied before and that I liked. It also had many that did not make any sense to me at all. Some of my favorites include Sonnet 130 by William Shakespeare; The Tyger by William Blake; Easter Wings by George Herbert; The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost, The Bean Eaters by Gwendolyn Brooks; and Delight in Disorder by Robert Herrick. These are just of few of the really great I have to really study poetry to get it, so I am not a big fan. Although this book of poems had many in it that I had read and studied before and that I liked. It also had many that did not make any sense to me at all. Some of my favorites include Sonnet 130 by William Shakespeare; The Tyger by William Blake; Easter Wings by George Herbert; The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost, The Bean Eaters by Gwendolyn Brooks; and Delight in Disorder by Robert Herrick. These are just of few of the really great poems in this book. I am hoping that as I keep reading these more closely over time that I will be able to gain a greater understanding and appreciation for poetry.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    Summary: This is a book of poems from various authors. There is no apparent theme in the selection, but they are all very infamous. Jabberwocky, The Raven, Dulce Et Decorum Est, The Tyger, and many more well-known poems are included in this book. Insights: I don't usually enjoy poetry. I picked this book to read because as an English major I should at least know poetry that is famous. This book was actually enjoyable. They were all short poems that adhered to my short attention span. Many were ve Summary: This is a book of poems from various authors. There is no apparent theme in the selection, but they are all very infamous. Jabberwocky, The Raven, Dulce Et Decorum Est, The Tyger, and many more well-known poems are included in this book. Insights: I don't usually enjoy poetry. I picked this book to read because as an English major I should at least know poetry that is famous. This book was actually enjoyable. They were all short poems that adhered to my short attention span. Many were very simple. This made me reconsider my idea that all poetry is self-indulgent and confusing. None of these poems seemed that way.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Trey

    Loads of great poems in there!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Olivia Rian

    This book contains a collection of brilliant poems from brilliant poets. Most are very well known like "In a Station of the Metro" and "The Road Not Taken." Others not as much. These are all important poems for any teenager to know. There was some Emily Dickinson as well. There were some translated cultural poems that I'd never heard of that were very beautiful. I really enjoyed these poems! Some were completely knew, some I had read for the first time just recently, and others I read for the fir This book contains a collection of brilliant poems from brilliant poets. Most are very well known like "In a Station of the Metro" and "The Road Not Taken." Others not as much. These are all important poems for any teenager to know. There was some Emily Dickinson as well. There were some translated cultural poems that I'd never heard of that were very beautiful. I really enjoyed these poems! Some were completely knew, some I had read for the first time just recently, and others I read for the first time. This is a book I would keep in my home or classroom. Beautiful, classic poetry.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Mackenzie Fletcher

    This book was just what it said it would be. A collection of fantastic poems. Poetry isn't really my thing and this is honestly kinda the first book of poetry I've read but I really enjoyed it and found quite a few new favorites. It was a quick read and a great collection with a plethora of poems. I would not however, recommend it as a first read for people just starting to read more poetry. It lacks explanation or background on any of the poems and only leaves readers with a bibliography at the This book was just what it said it would be. A collection of fantastic poems. Poetry isn't really my thing and this is honestly kinda the first book of poetry I've read but I really enjoyed it and found quite a few new favorites. It was a quick read and a great collection with a plethora of poems. I would not however, recommend it as a first read for people just starting to read more poetry. It lacks explanation or background on any of the poems and only leaves readers with a bibliography at the back to give year published and credits.

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