Happy (late) World Poetry Day!

It was World Poetry Day yesterday and I actually did not know that there is also such a day. I have always loved poems. Even as a kid in school I used to look forward to my literature classes and from the time I reached middle school I would always read up all the poems and most of the short stories during the summer holidays, even if not all of them were in the syllabus. Yes, I know I am a nerd, but I don’t care. I love literature and I know there are so many people out there who would relate to me. So, since I already missed out on poetry day celebrations yesterday, I’m gonna list some of my favourite poems that I read in school.

Because I Could Not Stop For Death by Emily Dickinson- I was in class nine when I read this and I still remember the poem and it is still my favourite. The way Death was portrayed as a gentleman was so fascinating to me when I first read it.

The Raven by Edgar Allen Poe- Because there is nobody other than Poe who can scare the crap out of me and also leave me wanting more. ‘Nevermore.’

Mad Girl’s Love Song by Sylvia Plath- After reading Plath for the first time I couldn’t read anyone else for a long while. This one in particular is one of her more painfully beautiful masterpieces that I love.

The Lady of Shallot by Alfred Lord Tennyson- I remember learning this poem so thoroughly for a test and at first hating it because it was long and complex but then falling in love with it.

Porphyria’s Lover by Robert Browning- This is the most surreal poem I have ever read. The ambiguity in it will scare you first and then make you very sad but you wouldn’t know which is the correct emotion to have. I love it!



“I’m quite illiterate, but I read a lot” — JD Salinger

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