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The Best Poetry Books for Beginners

Here are a few poetry books that are considered great for beginners:

  1. "The Norton Anthology of Poetry" edited by J. Paul Hunter, Margaret Ferguson, and Mary Jo Salter - This anthology includes a wide variety of poets and styles, making it a great introduction to the diverse world of poetry.

  2. "The Poetry of Robert Frost" edited by Edward Connery Lathem - Robert Frost is one of the most famous and beloved poets in American history, and this collection of his work is a great introduction to his style and themes.

  3. "Leaves of Grass" by Walt Whitman - This classic collection of poetry is considered one of the most important works of American literature. Whitman's use of free verse and celebration of the self and nature make it a unique and accessible read for beginners.

  4. "Howl" and "Other Poems" by Allen Ginsberg - Ginsberg's poetry is known for its raw and honest depictions of the human experience, making it a great introduction to contemporary poetry.

  5. "The Love Poems of Rumi" translated by Coleman Barks - Rumi is one of the most popular poets in the world, and his love poems are full of passion, spirituality, and mysticism. This collection is a great introduction to his work and the tradition of Sufi poetry.

  6. "The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson" - Dickinson's poetry is known for its originality and intensity, making it a great introduction to 19th century American poetry.

  7. "The Waste Land" by T.S. Eliot - This modernist poem is considered a masterpiece of 20th century poetry. Its complexity and allusiveness may challenge beginners but its worth the effort.

These are just a few examples of poetry books that are considered great for beginners. The world of poetry is vast and varied, so there are many other books to explore as well.


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