What are the best timeless poetry books?

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    #1Shakespeare's Sonnets

    Shakespeare's Sonnets

    William Shakespeare is a great influence in the world of literature and poetry. Shakespeare Sonnets contains some of his best collections that offer great significance in different forms of contemporary art.


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    Judy Weber
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "I am amazed at how much I enjoyed these sonnets, as I never considered myself a Shakespeare fan. The Bard clearly understand human emotion on a soulful level; he expresses love and joy, loss and regret in a way no one else could. These are some of the best poems I've ever read!"
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    #2The Cantos of Ezra Pound

    The Cantos of Ezra Pound

    The Cantos of Ezra Pound is an epic poem book written by Ezra Pound. It was released in 1996 by New Directions. It includes the Italian Cantos LXXII and LXXIII. The work is accepted as one of the most important poems of the 20th century.


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    Teresa Long
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "This work of art right here is one of my favorites. Even the name, Ezra Pound, sounds amazing. Love this guy."
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    Illuminations is a book containing the poems and prose of the iconic French Symbolist Arthur Rimbaud. This version has the translations of Louise Varese. It was first published in 1946.


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    Shirley Fields
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "Beautiful poems and stories. I first read this for a class project. I've recommended it to so many colleagues interested in poetry. "
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    #4Meeting with Christ and Other Poems

    Meeting with Christ and Other Poems

    Meeting With Christ and Other Poems is a poetry book by acclaimed poet Deepak Chaswal. The collection includes poems that provide commentary on the state of modern society and human spirituality in the context of Christianity.


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    Bertha Zepeda
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "Unarguably beautifully written. The words flow gracefully and elicit a peaceful state after a while. I'm not a big poetry reader, but I was really drawn in this collection of poems because of the elegant, thoughtful style, and the depth of the author's musings. But the emphasis on Christ is a bit offputting for an atheist like me, although I don't see anything remotely bad about his teachings, if the man ever existed. But the religious fervor that sometimes surfaces in the poems made it harder for me to fully embrace the work. Still beautiful though."
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    #5The Iliad and the Odyssey

    The Iliad and the Odyssey

    The Iliad and the Odyssey are poems written by ancient historian Homer about notable moments in Greek history. The Iliad is about Achilles and the Trojan War, while the Odyssey is a tale involving the gods. Shandonpress printed this book.


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    Ann Hanson
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "The Iliad and the Odyssey is a poetry book that incorporates Greek history. I loved stories of Greek gods and timeless poetry."
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    #6Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening

    Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening

    Stop[ping by Woods on a Snowy Evening is a children's picture book based on the poem written by Robert Frost and illustrated by Susan Jeffers. This book is originally published in 1978.


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    Adam Tucker
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening is a children's picture book that illustrates the famous poem by Robert Frost. The amount of detail that I found while looking through the illustrations is simply astonishing. Reading this book together with your children would be a great way to introduce them to the fantastic writings of Robert Frost."
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    #7Songs of Innocence and of Experience

    Songs of Innocence and of Experience

    Songs of Innocence and of Experience presents the simple beauty of William Blake's poetry. This collection offers 46 poems from two different volumes of Blake's work.


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    Louis Rose
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "Loving it. Having two categories with corresponding poems is such a treat. We should all be writing our own songs of innocence to be later revisited with experience. Love that William Blake. "
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    #8Les Fleurs Du Mal

    Les Fleurs Du Mal

    Les Fleurs du Mal, or The Flowers of Evil, is a collection of poems by French poet Charles Baudelaire, translated from the original French by Richard Howard. The poems in the collection are considered to be his greatest work.


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    Megan Martin
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "The translator of this masterpiece stays close to the original text which is important when you're translating the beautiful French language. The cover of the book is eye catching and helps make it a nice looking gift for those who you believe will enjoy gorgeous French poetry."
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    #9The Complete Poems of John Keats

    The Complete Poems of John Keats
    The Complete Poem of John Keats is a collection of some of Keats' best works before his death in 1821. Keats is a famous romantic poet who created well-known verses such as Lamia, Isabella, and The Eve of St. Agnes.

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    Anna Sullivan
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "John Keats is famous for his poetry for a reason. Always worth checking out, reading, and understanding, The Complete Poems of John Keats is worth your time if you are trying to read or learn more about poetry."
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    #10Beowulf: A New Verse Translation

    Beowulf: A New Verse Translation

    Beowulf: A New Verse Translation by Seamus Heaney is a new verse narrative published in 1999. This epic poetry novel follows the story of Beowulf, a Scandinavian protagonist who saved the Danes from the monsters Grendel and its mother.


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    Edward Morrison
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "Beowulf is one of the best known mythological poems, and this looks to be a unique and well done translation of it. The work is among the most renowned classic tales, and this new verse publication of it should prove to be a timeless version as well."
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    Cane is a classic fictional poetry book written by Jean Tommer. This classic fictional poetry book was published on August 7, 1993 by Liveright. The first publication of this poetry book was dated back to January 1, 1923.


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    Ishan Chavan
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "This poetry book is timeless in that it was first written in 1923 and has stood the test of time. It is relatable now as it probably was then when it was written. You can feel the passion and understand the author through the poetry. Very much recommended."
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    #12La Cantatrice Chauve

    La Cantatrice Chauve

    La Cantatrice Chauve is a classic fictional dramatic play written by Eugène Ionesco. This classic fictional dramatic play was published on March 1, 1993 by Gallimard Education.


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    Austin Fields
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "Such a cute and quirky book. I have been learning French and this book really motivated me. It is extremely sublime, funny and unique. I would love to see one of Ionescos plays one day."
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    #13How To Sing To A Dago

    How To Sing To A Dago
    How To Sing To A Dago is an Italian book of poems written by Rachel Guido Devries. This Italian book of poems was published on April 3, 1996 by Guernica Editions.

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    Félix Rivera
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "There have been books of poetry written since humans have learned how to write. One book that will go into the upper echelon of books of poetry will be How to Sing to a Dago. It is a Italian book of poems that are filled with emotion and fire. "
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    #14Milk and Honey

    Milk and Honey

    Milk and Honey is a bestselling collection of poetry and prose written by Indian-Canadian poet, Rupi Kaur. It is divided into four chapters, with each chapter dealing with different topics.


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    Bob Chen
    Written on June 20, 2019
    "Rupi Kaur will go down as a classic!"
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    #15Petrarch's Lyric Poems

    Petrarch's Lyric Poems

    Petrarch's Lyric Poems: The Rime Sparse and Other Lyrics is a book containing a translated compilation of poems written by medieval literary icon Francesco Petrarch. It was translated by Robert Durling and was released in 1979.


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    Micaela Marín
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "Can I make a confession? I'm not much of a poetry person, and I have a little bit of a complex about it. It makes me feel ignorant that I don't get it. However, I do love the Italian language, and Petrarca is one of the giants of Italian literature. This translation is beautiful and lyrical, and having the English right there with the original makes these poems accessible to people like me, whose Italian skills are a bit rusty. I liked this book. If you are a poetry lover, you'll probably appreciate it even more."


Best What are the best timeless poetry books
1Shakespeare's SonnetsBooks 37 Paid
2The Cantos of Ezra PoundBooks 34 Paid
3IlluminationsBooks 32 Paid
4Meeting with Christ and Other PoemsBooks 30 Paid
5The Iliad and the OdysseyBooks 29 Paid
6Stopping by Woods on a Snowy EveningBooks 26 Paid
7Songs of Innocence and of ExperienceBooks 25 Paid
8Les Fleurs Du MalBooks 24 Paid
9The Complete Poems of John KeatsBooks 11 Paid
10Beowulf: A New Verse TranslationBooks 7 Paid

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