100 Favourite Poems

(List with links. March 2016, I set myself a challenge to learn 100 poems by heart, which I competed March 2018)

  1. This Be The Verse by Philip Larkin
  2. One Nation Under a Goatee by Murray Lachlan Young
  3. Fire and Ice by Robert Frost
  4. The Cow by Ogden Nash
  5. The Duck and The Kangaroo by Edward Lear
  6. The Owl and The Pussycat by Edward Lear
  7. The Jabberwocky by Lewis Carroll
  8. A Blade of Grass by Brian Patten
  9. My Master's Dragon by Jack Prelutsky
  10. My Old Cat by Hal Summers
  11. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening by Robert Frost
  12. Incident by Countee Cullen
  13. Small Song by AR Ammons
  14. Fleas by Ogden Nash
  15. The Eagle by Alfred Lord Tennyson
  16. Limerick by Keeley Coppola
  17. Invictus by William Ernest Henley
  18. The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost
  19. Ozymandias by Percy Bysshe Shelley
  20. He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven by WB Yeats
  21. Resumé by Dorothy Parker
  22. 'Do not go gentle into that good night' by Dylan Thomas
  23. Strange Fruit by Abel Meeropol
  24. Cross by Langston Hughes
  25. Sonnet 19 ('Devouring Time') by William Shakespeare
  26. Evidently Chickentown by John Cooper Clarke
  27. Bluebird by Charles Bukowski
  28. A Childish Prank by Ted Hughes
  29. In the Desert by Stephen Crane
  30. What Thomas Said in the Pub by Stephen James
  31. 'There once was a man up a tree' by Edward Lear & response by WS Gilbert
  32. Jenny Kissed Me by Leigh Hunt
  33. A Very Small Song by Dorothy Parker
  34. The Tyger by William Blake
  35. Not Waving But Drowning by Stevie Smith
  36. Justice by Langston Hughes
  37. Valentine by Wendy Cope
  38. 'All the world's a stage' speech from 'As You Like It' by William Shakespeare
  39. 'Do not stand at my grave and weep' by Mary Elizabeth Frye
  40. Jerusalem by William Blake
  41. Overheard on a Saltmarsh by Harold Munro
  42. The Soldier by Rupert Brooke
  43. Anthem for Doomed Youth by Wilfred Owen
  44. 15 Million Plastic Bags by Adrian Mitchell
  45. Wishes of an Elderly Man, Wished at a Garden Party, June 1914 by Sir Walter Alexander Raleigh
  46. This is just to say by William Carlos Williams
  47. Poem XXII from Spring and All by William Carlos Williams
  48. In a Station of the Metro by Ezra Pound
  49. The English Are So Nice by DH Lawrence
  50. Heredity by Thomas Hardy
  51. A Visit from Saint Nicholas by Clement Clarke Moore
  52. The Ideal by James Fenton
  53. XL: 'Into my heart an air that kills' from A Shropshire Lad by AE Housman
  54. Escape at Bedtime by Robert Louis Stevenson
  55. In the Middle of the Road by Carlos Drummond de Andrade
  56. Token Loss by Kay Ryan
  57. Funeral Blues by WH Auden
  58. Let Me Die A Youngman's Death by Roger McGough
  59. The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
  60. The Greatest Poem in the English Language by Richard Burton
  61. The Unknown by Donald Rumsfeld
  62. A Red, Red Rose by Robert Burns
  63. Valentine by Carol Ann Duffy
  64. 'I saw a man pursuing the horizon' by Stephen Crane
  65. [i carry your heart with me(i carry it in] by e e cummings
  66. Pied Beauty by Gerard Manley Hopkins
  67. Remember by Christina Rossetti
  68. Good Time Jesus by James Tate
  69. Poem 479 ('Because I could not stop for Death') by Emily Dickinson
  70. To Whom It May Concern by Andrew Motion
  71. Fable of the Mermaid and the Drunks by Pablo Neruda
  72. Daffodils by William Wordsworth
  73. Observation by Dorothy Parker
  74. Phenomenal Woman by Maya Angelou
  75. The General by Siegfried Sassoon
  76. Nulla Fides ('For God's sake, mark that fly;') by Patrick Cary
  77. Drinking by Abraham Cowley
  78. Dead Cow Farm by Robert Graves
  79. No man is an island by John Donne
  80. Leisure by WH Davies
  81. The Other by RS Thomas
  82. How Do I Love Thee? (Sonnet 43) by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  83. The Crocodile by Lewis Carroll
  84. First Fig by Edna St. Vincent Millay
  85. Trees by Joyce Kilmer
  86. Holy Sonnet 10 ('Death be not proud') by John Donne
  87. Who? by Charles Causley
  88. The Night Apple by Allen Ginsberg
  89. Money by Dana Gioia
  90. Mirror by Sylvia Plath
  91. My Papa’s Waltz by Theodore Roethke
  92. Westron Wind by Anon
  93. To Help the Monkey Cross the River by Thomas Lux
  94. There once was a man from Nantucket, two different versions by Anon
  95. Heard Joke Once, as retold by Alan Moore
  96. A Boy Named Sue by Shel Silverstein
  97. My Own Epitaph by John Gay
  98. O Captain! My Captain! by Walt Whitman
  99. 'This living hand, now warm and capable' by John Keats
  100. The Pig by Anon