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Classic poems that should be read by everyone
Poetry is a piece of limited words of ordinary language which is raised to its infinite power to blend with human emotions, culture, race and ideas. Poetry has remained a significant fragment of literature and is celebrated every year in the month of April as “National Poetry Month”. We have compiled a list for Poems You Must Read. Take a look.
We would like you to find solace at this striking hour amidst these beautiful, unmatched pieces of verses given birth by versatile poets. Here it goes:
- “The Negro Speaks of Rivers” by Langston Hughes:
Encapsulating the flow of four evergreen rivers: Euphrates, Congo, Nile, and Mississippi, Hughes addresses the people of his race as the first civilization of the world. It’s a tribute to the struggles of the African-Americans who have withstood every pace of time.
- “Aunt Jennifer’s Tigers” by Adrienne Rich:
The poem is about an oppressed woman who finds peace in sewing and embroidery despite of her troubled relationship with a terrifying partner. The tigers are the motif of her smothered energy to deal with life’s tough times.
- “Character of the Happy Warrior” by William Wordsworth:
What are the qualities of a warrior? What makes him keep going ahead on the battlefield so determined? Find answers to these questions in the lines that follow. Wordsworth explains the yin and yang of a warrior’s life who is stuck between his yearning for home and eagerness for battle.
- “Ulysses” by Alfred Lord Tennyson:
A dramatic monologue that speaks about a king who wants to walk on the path of adventures and explore the world again after having returned from the Trojan war but stuck in a domestic setting. Tennyson’s Ulysses is not fit for a normal civilian life and announces his intention of wearing his armour again and setting off.
- “Sailing to Byzantium” by W. B Yeats:
Yeats’ poem is about an old man who wants to revive his soul in the lap of nature and art that is immortal. It deals with themes of immortality, the younger generation, and man vs. nature.