Top 10 Poetry Collections

 

Poetry is a widespread and well-known form of literature that uses characteristics pertaining to rhyming and artistic approach. It is very creative as it composes the whole theme into fewer words. Poetry traces back its origin to the time of Christ, although it was not adopted by the West till late. Aristotle was the first known person who wrote a poem. Though they look simple while reading, but poems are a well-thought composition of various techniques like prosody, alliteration, rhyme, and diction.

 

Four Quartets

This book, written by T.S. Eliot has four poems: ‘Burnt Norton,’ ‘East Coker,’ ‘The Dry Salvages’ and ‘Little Gidding.’ All the poems in this book have a common theme of human consciousness, spirituality, our connection with nature and time. The first one tells us about our trouble facing the present moment; the second shares the forgotten fact that time is not governed by clocks but nature. ‘The Dry Salvages’ educates us about letting of our ego and that all our problems are because of our ego. The fourth poem hopes for a better thought-process and improved connection for the people.

Read it For:
A thought-provoking book. It is a must-read for every single person in today’s times. It opens up our perspective of us and this world and helps progress in the spiritual world.
Don't Read it For:
No reason to not read it.
What makes this book stand out?:
The way it gives a solution to all our modern problems. Each concept reverbs across each poem.

Milk And Honey

Authored by Rupi Kaur, this book explores the theme of femininity and how women are disrespected and shamed because of their bodies. It is divided into four chapters: The Hurting, The Loving, The Breaking, and The Healing. Each chapter deals with a different problem for women in our society. It is from the point of view of a sexually assaulted woman (Hurting), builds up to how she finds true love (Loving) and how she mends herself (Healing) after the break-up(Breaking).

Read it For:
The truth about how women are treated unequally in our society.
Don't Read it For:
It has similar lessons that taught we already know
What makes this book stand out?:
We all go through love and break-ups, but this book finds the silver lining in the clouds even after a very dark past.

The Dream Songs

Written by John Berryman, The Dream Songs is a compilation of numerous eighteen-line poems each of three stanzas. It follows the narrator named Henry who is similar to Berryman in many aspects like looks, early life but it was made clear by the poet that they are different. The narrator expresses personal grief as he lost many of the known people and also social problems like the ongoing Vietnam War and racial havoc. One of the best poetry books of all time.

Read it For:
This book is a lyrical collection, and each poem is inspired from the everyday incident. The writing style is outstanding and intriguing, etching emotion in every stanza.
Don't Read it For:
It may challenge some readers because of its tough to comprehend structure and narrative.
What makes this book stand out?:
The work has been described as unique and out-of-the-box by various critics, these poems are excellent in terms of storytelling.

Ariel

This poetry collection by Sylvia Plath, explores the mysticism and transcendence when a rider on her horse is traveling through the countryside. The narrative is passive in the beginning but progresses rapidly with strong visual imageries.

Read it For:
An empowering read. The work is one of a kind and dives deeper into the nature of the universe and how we are much more than we can think of.
Don't Read it For:
Some ideas may seem abstract, but overall it has a great theme.
What makes this book stand out?:
The liveliness of the poems to various references related to creativity, self-realization, and self-transformation.
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September Ends

Hunter S. Jones has etched each scene perfectly like a visual story. The book reads from the diary of Liz Snow and how she breaks down after the death of her brother and grandfather and the betrayal by her lover, by the end of September. Later on, she finds her true love, and the story stresses how it is only the beginning when we think it is the end.

Read it For:
Masterfully written, shows the tales of loving someone and lost love. The storyline is fairly strong.
Don't Read it For:
Some stanzas are highly erotic
What makes this book stand out?:
The way of telling the story through diary, emails and all are exceptional, the point of view of different characters leaves the reader hungry for more.

Crow

Written by Ted Hughes, it is about a character named Crow which is extracted from many world mythologies, both from Trickster and Christian mythology. It criticizes Christianity from various perspectives.

Read it For:
A critics choice, read it for a leap of imagination
Don't Read it For:
dark imageries and humour makes it a bit ugly
What makes this book stand out?:
A mythological trip and opens up your mind to another side of religion

Extravagaria

The book very personal to the author, Pablo Neruda. It is a compilation of sixty-eight poems and has a lyrical and visually expressing outlook. It was written when the author came to Chile for a break in life, celebrating the rest.

Read it For:
Perfectly used poetic elements and written with elegance.
Don't Read it For:
Sometimes tough to understand
What makes this book stand out?:
The setting and story are highly creative and visually grasping

Howl

It has three sections, written by Allen Ginsberg, where each section speaks about a single subject. The first is about the downfall of great minds of the world, the second is about what led to their downfall and the last section is dedicated to his friend, Carl Solomon who is in a psychiatric institute.

Read it For:
the Brutal truth about the downfall of excellent people of their field.
Don't Read it For:
A bit slow at times.
What makes this book stand out?:
For a twist in the portrayal of sanity

The Waste Land

Written by T.S. Eliot, it is one of the most important modern poetry books. It was a masterpiece produced by writer’s nervous breakdown. It follows the legends of Holy Grail and the Fisher King and other cultural allusions.

Read it For:
a detailed narrative on disillusionment, despair, and alternations
Don't Read it For:
Some critics rate it as obscure
What makes this book stand out?:
An exploration in poetic dramatics.

Love & Misadventure

Written by Lang Leav, it follows all the emotions involved from the core of the fling to the heartbreak. It is a splendid illustration and a rollercoaster ride.

Read it For:
Great expression of intricacies of Love and Loss
Don't Read it For:
Seems amateur at times.
What makes this book stand out?:
A thought-provoking book on the adventures of love

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