The Best Poetry Books of All Time


I love lists. They can run the gamut from enlightening to just plain irritating, but they never leave you indifferent. London’s Telegraph has just published a list of the 15 best poetry books of all times. It is no surprise that most of them are written in English—only three were foreign language texts (The Selected Poems of Li Po, Eugene Onegin, and The Divine Comedy)—or that none on their main list comes from anywhere bordering the Third World. But things get more interesting in their “Other Contenders” list, where we find Langston Hughes’ Montage of a Dream Deferred, Pablo Neruda’s Twenty Poems of Love and a Song of Despair, and Derek Walcott’s White Egrets. You can find the list at 15 best poetry books of all time –

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