ENGL 201: A New List of Favorite Poems for Reference and Examples

Some favorite poems that give an overview of my general perspectives on poetry, followed by some favorite examples of formal structures, and then a few more varied favorites:

Strongly Recommended For This Course

Squirt Gun” by Robert Morgan

Autumn” by T.E. Hulme

The Real Warnings Are Always Too Late” by Rhett Iseman Trull

Counting Miracles at the State Asylum” by Rhett Iseman Trull

Among the Things He Does Not Deserve” by Dan Albergotti

Sunday Morning Argument” by Dan Albergotti

December 25, 2005” by Dan Albergotti

Please Refrain from Talking during the Movie” by Robert Polito

Words” by Dana Gioia

Money” by Dana Gioia

Coming Into History” by Jeanne Murray Walker

A Prisoner of Things” by Alan Michael Parker

Between Poems the Vandals Go” by Alan Michael Parker

Lost in Amsterdam” by James McKean

In A Station of the Metro” by Ezra Pound

The Great Figure” by William Carlos Williams

Fog” by Carl Sandburg

Chicago” by Carl Sandburg

Love Calls Us to the Things of This World” by Richard Wilbur

The Pardon” by Richard Wilbur

Mind” by Richard Wilbur

my father moved through dooms of love” by E.E. Cummings

All in green went my love riding” by E.E. Cummings

Tell All the Truth” by Emily Dickinson


Ghazal of Days” by Dan Albergotti

Hip-Hop Ghazal” by Patricia Smith

*Ghazal defined


Sonnet XII: “When I do count the clock that tells the time” by William Shakespeare

Sonnet: “America” by Claude McKay

*Sonnet defined


Sestina: “Let Me Count the Waves” by Sandra Beasley

*Sestina defined


Villanelle: “One Art” by Elizabeth Bishop

*Villanelle defined


Haiku: “Haiku Journey” by Kimberly Blaeser

Haiku: “Blue Octavo Haiku” by Rachel Wetzsteon

*Haiku defined


Lower Manhattan Pantoum” by Elaine Sexton

Pantoum” by Randall Mann

*Pantoum defined

Other Favorites

I Heard a Fly Buzz — when I died —” by Emily Dickinson

Unsaid” by Dana Gioia

Planting a Sequoia” by Dana Gioia

Prayer” by Dana Gioia

The Yachts” by William Carlos Williams

Recuerdo” by Edna St. Vincet Millay

What the Moon Knows” by Richard H. Behm

Animula” by T.S. Eliot

Two of my own, for general amusement

Losing River View Farm” by Colin Foote Burch (on my own blog)

Regarding Joy & Grace” by Colin Foote Burch (in New Mirage Journal)


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