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Top 100 or so Poems -- Let's finish the list!

July 24, 2013 -- Updated by the addition of "Leaves of Grass" by Walt Whitman and "And Still I Rise" by Maya Angelou.

Our "Top 100 or So" series has been one of our most successful poetry series so far, with lots of good comments and plenty of thanks and PLENTY of Twitter Retweets from our @eNOTHING broadcasts of the poems...it's been fun!  No one will ever completely agree with this list - there are missing poems and perhaps there are some poems which don't belong - but overall, it's a thing of beauty.

Now, I think it might be nice to turn to YOU - our followers and friends - to help fill the list for the next week or two.  So far, we have posted 30 poems our of our "100 or so" goal.  Either by tweeting to @eNOTHING (follow us PLEASE) or by commenting below, we'll consider your suggestions for our daily broadcasts.

Here is the list so far (This is a GREAT LIST):

"Still I rise" by Maya Angelou
"Snow" by ee cummings
"Anecdote of the Jar" by Wallace Stevens
"somewhere i have never travelled, gladly beyond" by ee cummings
"Walking Around" by Pablo Neruda
"The Emperor of Ice Cream" by Wallace Stevens
"Freedom of Love" by Andre Breton
"Daddy" by Sylvia Plath
"Pull my Daisy" the Daisy series, by Jack Kerouac
"Bluebird" by Charles Bukowski 
"Lullaby" by W. H. Auden
"Mending Wall"  by Rober Frost
"Do not go gentle into that good night" by Dylan Thomas
"Because I could not stop for Death" by Emily Dickinson
"Ulysses" by Alfred, Lord Tennyson
"America" by Allen Ginsberg
"If You Forget Me" by Pablo Neruda
"The Raven" by Edgar Allen Poe
"The Red Wheelbarrow" by William Carlos Williams
"Life is Fine" by Langston Hughes
"The River Merchants Wife: A Letter" by Ezra Pound
"The Waste Land" by T. S. Eliot
"Howl" by Allen Ginsberg
"The Second Coming" by William Butler Yeats
"Introduction to Poetry" by Billy Collins
"Sonnet 43 -- How do I Love Thee? Let me Count the Ways"
"Chicago" by Carl Sandburg
"Sailing to Byzantium" by William Butler Yeats
"Piano" by D. H. Lawrence
"Sappho 31" by Sappho
"I Told You" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
"A Psalm of Life" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
"If" by Rudyard Kipling
"The Island" by Rainer Maria Rilke
"The Drunken Boat (Le Bateau Ivre) by Arthur Rimbaud
"The Snow Man" by Wallace Stevens
"Three Cantos: I" by Ezra Pound
"And Still I Rise" by Maya Angelou
"Leaves of Grass" by Walt Whitman

Send in your comments below with suggestions - or (even better) send them in via Twitter to @eNOTHING (follow us please) and you'll start to see the results...


  1. All - you're suggestions and comments are welcome here - what's missing besides "Leaves of Grass"???

  2. Le Bateau Ivre - Arthur Rimbaud
    and maybe even Allen Ginsberg's Kaddish not so much for its literal value but for the pure emotion exhibited

  3. Thanks so much Jad -- we will get to work. Agree with both! And, I don't pay much heed to the debate -- "literary value vs. emotion" etc. -- That's too highbrow, useless really - so "pure emotion" is GREAT

  4. Two favourites since childhood: Prayer Before Birth by Louis MacNeice, and Death Shall Have No Dominion by Dylan Thomas.

    1. So thanks Madam ;) between the blog and Twitter we've got a lot going on...I think Dylan Thomas is the pick, and above there's a Rimbaud, Kaddish, and why not MacNiece??? Well, better get to work...thanks for the suggestions

  5. Since feeling is first & I thank God... Both by ee cummings.

  6. Maya Angelou's "And Still I Rise" IS one of my favorite poems; and it must be someone else's too, because it's on the list twice! #1, and 2nd to the end. :-)