Favorite Poems

Anna Bell Lee – by Edgar Alan Poe

  • the meter
  • “angels envious”

If – by Rudyard Kipling

  • Lee’s dad asked him to learn this one
  • Lots of psychiatric help here
  • it’s a poem, but this is a piece of human psychology

Dover Beach – by Matthew Arnold

  • Overtones of life references (high and low spots)
  • Beautifully descriptive – “grating roar” for example
  • “Puts me right there on the shore” – Lee Davis
  • Lee’s dad had lots of positive red marks on this poem

The World Is Too Much with Us – William Wordsworth

A Thing of Beauty is a Joy Forever – by John Keats

How Do I Love Thee – Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Pippa Passes (one verse only: “The year’s at the spring, the day’s at the morn.”) – by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

“We are the Music Makers, we are the Dreamers of Dreams wandering by lone sea breakers and sitting by desolate streams, world-losers and world-forsakers on whom the pale moon gleams; yet we are the movers and shakers of the world forever it seems.” – by UNKNOWN

Sea Fever – by John Masefield

No man is an Island – by John Donne

“… yet all experience is an arch where through gleams that untravelled world whose margin fades forever and forever when I move.” – by Alfred Lord Tennyson