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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. 4 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. 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

    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.

  3. 4 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 just t 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.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Maleah Jones

    The Raven and Sonnet 130 i think were my favorite. It challenges you to think but in a good way

  5. 4 out of 5

    Austin Flores

    For someone who was liking for a good book to intro myself into poetry, I loved the different styles and it helped me see which styleI am more into.

  6. 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... 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...

  7. 4 out of 5

    Adrian

    I read the poem When Great Dogs fight, and my favorite part was when it said, “A sphinx haunts every age and every zone: When great dogs fight, the small dog gets the bones.” I recommend this book to people who like books that have a lot of meaning behind it and like music. The setting seems like a huge gated area or a small area that is gated. A character in the poem is a dog who is sad and upset and always has this mean grimace look on his face. The dog seems to be depressed and wants to be fr I read the poem When Great Dogs fight, and my favorite part was when it said, “A sphinx haunts every age and every zone: When great dogs fight, the small dog gets the bones.” I recommend this book to people who like books that have a lot of meaning behind it and like music. The setting seems like a huge gated area or a small area that is gated. A character in the poem is a dog who is sad and upset and always has this mean grimace look on his face. The dog seems to be depressed and wants to be free and with a family.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Shawn Deal

    This is a great collection would make a good introduction to poetry in general and some of the greatest poets of all time. M

  9. 5 out of 5

    Precious Jaylynne

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

  10. 5 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. 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.

  11. 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. 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.

  12. 4 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. 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.

  13. 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. 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.

  14. 5 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Matt

    This book is a variety of “the best poems ever”. I don't think they are the best poems and most people probably don't since everyone has their own opinion, but my favorite poem in the book is,” A Red Hat” This is my favorite poem because it made me think deeper about the meaning of the poem and reminded me of my dad a little bit. It says,” A dark grey, very dark grey, a quite dark grey is monstrous ordinarily.” This makes me think of fire because I know that grey smoke from a fire is bad. Toward This book is a variety of “the best poems ever”. I don't think they are the best poems and most people probably don't since everyone has their own opinion, but my favorite poem in the book is,” A Red Hat” This is my favorite poem because it made me think deeper about the meaning of the poem and reminded me of my dad a little bit. It says,” A dark grey, very dark grey, a quite dark grey is monstrous ordinarily.” This makes me think of fire because I know that grey smoke from a fire is bad. Towards the end of the poem, it says,” If red is in everything it is not necessary.” This makes it sound like the story is in hell. That is why I like this poem so much. It really makes you think, what is happening in the poem. There are no characters in this poem. It’s one of those poems that only has a narrator and no characters.

  17. 5 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.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Madelyn Strauss

    Well this was an interesting reread, as I first received this book from my fourth grade teacher. While I did not pay much attention to this book until recent years, I do believe it is a great introduction into English poetry and poets. My favorite poems from this collection include Jabberwocky by Lewis Carroll, Remembrance by Emily Bronte, and Poets to Come by Walt Whitman. Overall this poetry collection is great, I think it provides a nice introduction into poetry and leads the reader wanting m Well this was an interesting reread, as I first received this book from my fourth grade teacher. While I did not pay much attention to this book until recent years, I do believe it is a great introduction into English poetry and poets. My favorite poems from this collection include Jabberwocky by Lewis Carroll, Remembrance by Emily Bronte, and Poets to Come by Walt Whitman. Overall this poetry collection is great, I think it provides a nice introduction into poetry and leads the reader wanting more, I gave it a three star just like most poetry books I read, although I do think this is the best poetry book I have read.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Robbie Schmidt

    The poem I chose starts of as a man hunting in the woods. In the middle he realized hunting isn't okay and harms and sends animals lives. In the end, he says "For I have the power to kill, Without the power to die." Meaning he can kill without him risking his live and the animals can't fight back. The characters in the poem are just the man hunting in the woods and the deer. The story is set in the Sovereign Woods. I really enjoyed the poem, but It was a little hard to understand at first. I wou The poem I chose starts of as a man hunting in the woods. In the middle he realized hunting isn't okay and harms and sends animals lives. In the end, he says "For I have the power to kill, Without the power to die." Meaning he can kill without him risking his live and the animals can't fight back. The characters in the poem are just the man hunting in the woods and the deer. The story is set in the Sovereign Woods. I really enjoyed the poem, but It was a little hard to understand at first. I would recommend this book of poems to people who like inspiring poems that have a good message.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

    Perfect for carrying around in the purse for a year. Poems vary as to content, accessibility, style, age. I noted: a new vocabulary word? *When Great Dogs Fight* refers to "the izzard cur"... *Remembrance" by Emily Bronte has a line every angsty teen girl will identify with... if "memory's rapturous pain" doesn't mean much to you out of context, look up the whole poem. Elizabeth Barrett Browning's Sonnets are, of course, perfect for sweethearts. If you had a good Valentine's day, look up #43 which Perfect for carrying around in the purse for a year. Poems vary as to content, accessibility, style, age. I noted: a new vocabulary word? *When Great Dogs Fight* refers to "the izzard cur"... *Remembrance" by Emily Bronte has a line every angsty teen girl will identify with... if "memory's rapturous pain" doesn't mean much to you out of context, look up the whole poem. Elizabeth Barrett Browning's Sonnets are, of course, perfect for sweethearts. If you had a good Valentine's day, look up #43 which includes one of my favorite lines, "by sun and candle-light."

  21. 5 out of 5

    Shahla hajatnia

    I was at work, waiting in a small office for a boring meeting. It was early in the morning of a rainy day in autumn and all I could think about was that I should be out there walking among the rain drops and trees. I looked at the shelves and this was the first book I saw! It was unusual because I had never read english poetry. To be honest I didn't understand some parts either and the parts I did connect to might be a result of my own imagination and bad english maybe. But perhaps that is poetr I was at work, waiting in a small office for a boring meeting. It was early in the morning of a rainy day in autumn and all I could think about was that I should be out there walking among the rain drops and trees. I looked at the shelves and this was the first book I saw! It was unusual because I had never read english poetry. To be honest I didn't understand some parts either and the parts I did connect to might be a result of my own imagination and bad english maybe. But perhaps that is poetry. To reflect your own soul in someone else's words...

  22. 4 out of 5

    Samantha

    A small, but pleasant collection of poetry. By no means, however, are these the best poems ever. Quite a notable few were missing. Note: this book was given to be in grade school by my mother who had bought it at a book fair. Only now at 23 did I actually get around to reading it. How time flies.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kyra

    In "The Best Poems Ever," edited by Edric S. Mesmer include a poem by William Shakespeare. "Sonnet 130" by William Shakespeare started off by explaining his mistress' to other objects. He compares her eyes to the sun, her lips to coral, her black hair to wires, and her cheeks to roses. At the end of this poem he says, "And yet, by heaven, I think my love as rare as any she belied with false compare." It took a couple of reading to understand those last lines, but I believe it means by the time h In "The Best Poems Ever," edited by Edric S. Mesmer include a poem by William Shakespeare. "Sonnet 130" by William Shakespeare started off by explaining his mistress' to other objects. He compares her eyes to the sun, her lips to coral, her black hair to wires, and her cheeks to roses. At the end of this poem he says, "And yet, by heaven, I think my love as rare as any she belied with false compare." It took a couple of reading to understand those last lines, but I believe it means by the time he dies he will have loved her endlessly even if she doesn't. My favorite part of the poem was when he compared her lips to coral because it gave me a very vivid visualization. I can just imagine her lips with red lipstick shining.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kassandraa

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

  25. 4 out of 5

    Aaliyah

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

  26. 4 out of 5

    Madiw

    My favorite poem is “The night dances.”.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Hannah

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

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jackson

    A nice book for first time poem readers.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Heidi

    I mean, there are some Classics like "The Raven" and "Jabberwocky" etc but a felt a lot of them were not remotely close to "the best poems ever." Probably only included because of who wrote them. I mean, there are some Classics like "The Raven" and "Jabberwocky" etc but a felt a lot of them were not remotely close to "the best poems ever." Probably only included because of who wrote them.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    I use this as a quick poetry reference or sample in my classroom. It's an easy go-to resource for it's variety and collection. I use this as a quick poetry reference or sample in my classroom. It's an easy go-to resource for it's variety and collection.

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