I had the opportunity to study different types of writing in college. Poems. Short stories. Novels. This is something I hope every college student gets to do, no matter the major or area of study.
My favorite work to analyze was always the novel. I felt like I had a ton of material to work with. Now I no longer have to write analysis papers. But why not further diversify my reading by including works that aren’t novels? I want to but my experience with poetry is limited. It’d be easy to just Google search “20th century poets” or something like that and go with whatever I see. I don’t want to.
There are two poets I’ve been looking for. Sylvia Plath and Emily Dickinson. I can’t remember ever studying either of them, but I know their personal stories are well known. Plath committed suicide at a young age. And Dickinson’s poems were largely unknown during her lifetime.
I’m open to suggestions here. Which poets have you enjoyed reading?