50 Must-Read Best Poetry Books

According to Book Riot contributor Rebecca Hussey, there are the “50 Must-Read Best Poetry Books.”

Read her full article here


The Best Classic Poetry Books

If Not, Winter: Fragments of Sappho by Sappho

The Essential Rumi by Rumi

The Complete Sonnets and Poems by William Shakespeare

John Donne’s Poetry by John Donne

On Love and Barley: Haiku of Basho by Basho

Songs of Innocence and Experience by William Blake

Lyrical Ballads by William Wordsworthand Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Selected Poetry by John Keats

Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman

Goblin Market and Other Poems by Christina Rossetti

The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson by Emily Dickinson

Gerard Manley Hopkins: The Major Works by Gerard Manley Hopkins


The Best Twentieth-Century Poetry Books

Robert Frost’s Poems by Robert Frost

The Selected Poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke by Rainer Maria Rilke

Selected Poems by William Carlos Williams

Trilogy by H.D. (Hilda Doolittle)

The Poems of Marianne Moore by Marianne Moore

Selected Poems by Anna Akhmatova

The Selected Poetry by Edna St. Vincent Millay

100 Selected Poems by E. E. Cummings

The Selected Poems by Federico Garcia Lorca

Selected Poems by Langston Hughes

Selected Poems by W.H. Auden

New and Collected Poems: 1931–2001 by Czeslaw Milosz

Collected Poems by Robert Hayden

The Essential Gwendolyn Brooks by Gwendolyn Brooks

View With a Grain of Sand: Selected Poems by Wislawa Szymborska

Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror by John Ashbery

The Complete Poetry by Maya Angelou

Diving Into the Wreck by Adrienne Rich

The Poetry of Derek Walcott, 1948–2013 by Derek Walcott

Ariel by Sylvia Plath

The Collected Poems by Audre Lorde

Devotions: The Selected Poems of Mary Oliver by Mary Oliver

Opened Ground: Selected Poems, 1966–1996 by Seamus Heaney


The Best Poetry Books by Living Writers

The Wild Iris by Louise Glück

Neon Vernacular: New and Selected Poems by Yusef Komunyakaa

What the Living Do: Poems by Marie Howe

How We Became Human: New and Selected Poems, 1975–2002 by Joy Harjo

Selected Poems by Rita Dove

Given Sugar, Given Salt by Jane Hirshfield

Urban Tumbleweed: Notes From a Tanka Diary by Harryette Mullen

Picture Bride by Cathy Song

Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine

Monument: Poems New and Selected by Natasha Trethewey

Book of Hours: Poems by Kevin Young

Wade in the Water: Poems by Tracy K. Smith

When my Brother Was an Aztec by Natalie Díaz

Bestiary: Poems by Donika Kelly

 


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