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Dear Ted

Can you name your favorite two great Poets in English Literature ?

Awaiting your reply,

Thanks & Regards,
Prashant S Akerkar

Dear Prashant:

Naming my favorite poets is really hard to do.  There are American poets listed on one or more of the lists that you sent me.  I have some favorite American poets, but I'll restrict myself to British poets only.

NOTE:  These are just MY favorites.

William Shakespeare -- Not only are there outstanding poems included in his plays, but his
sonnets are among the greatest poems ever written.

T. S. Eliot:  Although Eliot was born in the United States, he became a citizen of England.  My favorite single poem is his "Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock."

Dylan Thomas:  The best known Welsh poet.  Much of his poetry has an "earthy" quality; he wrote about subjects that are very "down to earth," much like the American Robert Frost.

John Donne:  Probably the best "metaphysical" poet.  His "meditations" combine a religious aspect with present-day things or events.

*** There are so many more.  I have included only the ones I like for their poetry in general.  The are many individual poems that I treasure -- written by different poets not mentioned here.  For instance, the "war poetry" of Wilfred Owen is very moving and philosophical.



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Ted Nesbitt


I am a reference librarian and a former advanced placement English teacher. I can help identify poems, and I can define literary terms. In the area of literary criticism or analyses of specific poems, my experience and interests are these: Shakespeare, 18th- and 19th-century English literature, and American literature. I prefer short, specific questions on particular authors, poems, terms, or literary movements. I will not edit lengthy submissions or write students` assignments.


Masters degree in English.
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