Are there any good poetry books for adults?
I'm doing a speech tournament and I have to choose a poem any suggestions on a poem or book preferably a sad one
- Anonymous1 decade agoFavorite Answer
See if your library still has a copy of Understanding Poetry edited by Cleanth Brooks and Robert Penn Warren. If not, go to your local college bookstore and get The Norton Anthology of Poetry. If they don't have a copy of it, they can get it. It's huge and it will have every poem you are interested in.
Also, you can go to Google and find the complete text of lots of poems. Emily Dickinson would give you a wide selection of sad poems.
- 1 decade ago
I can only give you what I have written:
I held my wine amidst the chatter
Searching, remembering faces
My thoughts entwined veracious
Dimly lit O sorrowed places
Amongst the Host's fair spaces
I held my wine, my heart sublime
Tis better felt - my sherry fine
And those about with sundry sound
Gave heed to that smooth tasting
But as I sipped, felt trembling lip
Sought more I did with hasting
O great that blend in making
Thus tipped my cup to them by wine
Said: Better felt - my sherry fine
Note: In the fifth line the word "amongst" might be "among". I wrote this from memory and do not have a copy of the book at hand to refer from.Source(s): Mine poetry comes to me unbidden, That affair of thought and heart written by Rodger Grondahl http://i-proclaimbookstore.com
- ?$WANLv 71 decade ago
Try Silvia Plath, T S Elliot, Ted Hughes, Ginsberg, Thomas, Blake.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
I love the work of T.S. Elliot. He's suitable for adults. The Wreck of the Hesperus is sad. Very ornate. Tennyson is also great, if, again, you like more ornate writing.
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- LitGuyLv 41 decade ago
I'm a big fan of David Kirby's "Elvis be my Psychopomp"
I'm almost positive you can find it online. It certainly has a sad vibe, but with plenty of tongue in cheek wit and comedy to be entertaining.