National Poetry Month- My Favorite Poems

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Hello!

So earlier this month, I shared with you some of my favorite spoken word poems. This time, I am just going to share some of my favorite poems. A lot of these are pretty famous in the world of poetry, so I wouldn’t be surprised if you are familiar with them.

William Shakespeare- Sonnet 18

Shakespeare is, of course, a classic. This is personally one of my favorite poems of his. The fact that this is Tom Hiddleston reading it, makes it even better.

Gwendolyn Brooks “We Real Cool”

This is one of the first poems that ever really caught my attention. The first time I heard this was in the eight grade and it really stuck with me. It is really awesome to be able to listen to the poet read her poem.

John Keats “When I Have Fears That I May Cease to Be”

I heard this poem for the first time when I was a junior in high school. My English teacher absolutely loved John Keats, and this was one of my favorite poems of his that we studied. John Keats contracted TB while caring from his brother and the disease ultimately took his life. Before he died, he had fallen in love with a woman. In a lot of his poems, he talks about the issue of facing his own death. This poem is about his fear of dying before he gets to contribute everything he wishes to contribute.

Lord Byron “She Walks in Beauty”

Lord Byron is a very interesting literary character. His life was basically a soap opera. He wrote a lot of really beautiful poems, but the first stanza of this one has really stuck with me.

I hope that you enjoyed these poems!

-GW

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