Poems for Your Homes

The art of poetry has been around since the moment we began to write on stone tablets and cave walls. From the scrolls of the prophecy to ancient China the written verse has played an integral part in our human condition.

We learn about Shakespeare in school and many of us are required to memorize certain passages or sonnets. Followed closely by poetry the balladeers and troubadours of the past put many famous poems and sonnets to song and traveled around the countryside singing these verses of love, loss, war, and sometimes bawdy humor in taverns and pubs across the land.

Not to downplay the utility and permanence of stone, we now have the ability to read these poems for ourselves from the comfort of our own homes without the need to venture to a dreary pub filled with miscreants and ne’er-do-wells. But our modern era hasn’t diminished the poignancy and relevancy of these poems, so, without further ado, we present a small list of poems for your home available in the SPC online library.

And one student even has a playlist to go with it for your listening pleasure.

The Classics

  • A group of poems by Robert Frost
  • Poems by T.S. Eliot
  • Collected Poems by Emily Dickinson

Contemporary Poets

  • Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur
  • The Tennis Court Oath: A book of poems by John Ashbery
  • Loose Sugar by Bread Hillman

Storytelling Through Poems (narrative poetry)

  • The Crossover by Kwame Alexander
  • Paradise Lost by John Milton
  • The Divine Comedy: Inferno by Dante Alighieri

Anthologies

  • The Poetry of Business Life: An Anthology by Ralph Windle
  • Israeli Poetry: A Contemporary Anthology; curated by Warren Bargad and Stanley F. Chyet
  • El Coro: A Chorus of Latino and Latina Poetry curated by Martin Espada

Why do we write Poetry?

  • Why We Write – streaming through the library
  • Want to write your own?
  • Poetry: the basics by Jeffery Wainwright
  • Poetry by John Strachan and Richard Terry


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