Here are some of the most loved poems in the English language, chosen not merely for their popularity, but for their literary quality as well. Dating from the Middle Ages to the 20th century, these splendid poems remain evergreen in their capacity to engage our minds and refresh our spirits. Among them are: Marlowe: The Passionate Shepherd to His Love
Shakespeare: Sonnet XVIII ("Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?")Donne: Holy Sonnet X ("Death, be not proud")Marvell: To His Coy MistressWordsworth: "I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud"Shelley: Ode to the West WindLongfellow: The Children's HourPoe: The RavenTennyson: The Charge of the Light BrigadeWhitman: O Captain! My Captain!Dickinson: "This Is My Letter to the World"Yeats: When You Are OldFrost: The Road Not TakenMillay: First Fig
Works by many other poets Milton, Blake, Burns, Coleridge, Byron, Keats, Emerson, the Brownings, Hardy, Housman, Kipling, Pound, and Auden among them are included in this treasury, a perfect companion for quiet moments of reflection."