It is important that we know famous poems because they will come in handy one of these days. Yes, we know some poems from our English or Literature classes but there are aplenty out there. If we are the type that does not work well with many words, poems can help us express our feelings.
So, here are some poems that we should know about:
- When You Are Old: When You Are Old was written by a renowned Irish poet William Butler Yeats. His poems revolve around his unrequited love for Maud Gonne. When You Are Old tells about Yeats’ imagination of Maud Gonne in her later years where she tends a waning fire.
- How Do I Love Thee? Elizabeth was a women’s right advocate and when she married Robert Browning (another poet), they became one of the famous coupling poets. One of Elizabeth’s greatest works is entitled “How Do I Love Thee?”
- Do not stand at my grave and weep: Mary Elizabeth Frye has no formal education but her words to console a young Jewish girl who cannot be with her mother when she died pierced through the heart of everyone. Her poem includes “Do not stand at my grave and weep: I am not there; I do not sleep. I am a thousand winds that blow”.
The list goes on. Poems are gift that we should be thankful. The least that we can do is to read and share it. Who knows we can use poems to impress our employers here in Singapore or our teachers. We might even get the man/woman of our dreams. How’s that sound? Good luck and enjoy the words!