Thought it would be nice to post one of these threads specifically for poets.
Who's your favourite poet ? Give reasons if you want, and name a few of your favourite works by them.
Mine has to be Wilfred Owen, I absolutely love his poetry.
Or William Blake, the opening lines of Auguries of Innocence are superb.
Charles Hamilton Sorley, in keeping with the WWI theme!
I hate poetry (particularly Yeats). English Literature has put me off fancy words and enjambment.
To see a world in a grain of sand,
and a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand,
and eternity in an hour.
For me, that is majestic.
Shakespear (the Sonnets)
Sylvia Plath or Philip Larkin.
Tony Harrison for his anger and passion. He writes poetry against elitism. My favourite of his works is a poem called Remains. It is about a paperhanger who writes a poem on the wall in the Wordsworth museum, but it is covered and believed to be vandalism because the paperhanger is not known or famous. Harrison ends the poem by writing the paperhangers poem. It is only one line but it gives unknown poets a voice and highlights the class division and elitism in some aspects of poetry. Amazing.