My favorite poets are (not necessarily in order):
~John Donne (particularly the Holy Sonnets and "The Good Morrow," but also lighter verse like "The Flea")
~Lord Byron (like him the best of the Romantics, probably because of his clever wit, his neoclassical leanings, and the fact that he does not seem to take himself too seriously. Oh how I love Byron!)
~Alexander Pope (amazing how much he can say in verse)
~Lord Alfred Tennyson (nothing has moved me as deeply as "In Memoriam." I still cry when I read it)
~Stephen Crane (He's not known for his poetry, but I love it. Very terse, very concise, not at all ornamental--but boy does it pack a punch!)
~ Edgar Allen Poe, often criticized for only being "technically perfect," as if that were not a great feat in itself, as if the sound of poetry was the least improtant aspect! Love the sound of "The Bells" especially, but much more.
"Why don’t you write books people can read?"
- Nora Joyce, to her husband James