Who Are Some Of Your Favorite American Poets?

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As I continue this series, I realized that with some categories, it is necessary to be more specific than I had been. Poets are one such group; I thought I would begin this discussion with American poets and then move on in later posts to poets from other places.

It is still an enormous task to choose several favorite poets, but since it is my series, I must do so. Here are my choices:

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Robert Frost

Without a doubt, Robert Frost is one of the most important American poets. He wrote many poems set in rural America, and his works earned him the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. Many who do not read much poetry are familiar with his famous poem: “The Road Not Taken.”

My next choice:

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Langston Hughes

Langston Hughes was a poet of the 20th Century, and he was one of the most important of the creative minds who made up the Harlem Renaissance. Hughes wrote about life for African-Americans and about themes that dealt with the entirety of the American experience. One of his best know poems is “Dream Deferred.”

My third choice is a poet whom I have featured in this blog before:

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Robert Fillman

Mr. Fillman has a book of his poems being published this spring– November Weather Spell. I completely expect that, in the future, Robert Fillman will be recognized as one of the most important American poets.

Here is a link to the book page: November Weather Spell

and to his homepage: robertfillman.com

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My question to all of you is–who are some of your favorite American poets?

37 thoughts on “Who Are Some Of Your Favorite American Poets?

  1. I’m only coming to appreciate Robert Frost’s poetry as more time passes from when I had to memorize “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” in the fifth grade and recite it in front of the entire class. Want to make children hate, nay, fear poetry? Do that. Moving on . .

    I think I probably have favorite poems more so than favorite poets, but Emily Dickinson is a favorite, as are Billy Collins, Jack McCarthy, William Carlos Williams, and Mary Oliver.

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  2. Edgar Allan Poe, Robert Frost, Edna St. Vincent Malay, I was trying to wing it… And then my mind went blank of course there are many others for they have inspired me to write my own country for years. Thank you

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