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Here are the Editor's Picks articles for the Poetry Site! These are the top ten articles that your Poetry Editor feels are most important for you to read. Enjoy!
1. Johnson‘s "A Poet to His Baby Son"
The baby seems to get a wild-eyed stare that can look “through the ceiling of the room, and beyond.” This uncanny expression leads the father to suspect that he might have a budding poet on his hands.
2. S. Omar Barker‘s "Shepherds of the Range"
Cowboy poetry at Christmas time offers a colorful view of how these hard-working, hard-playing characters enjoy their celebration, yet all the while recognizing the reason for the season.
3. Natasha Trethewey‘s "Incident"
In June 2012, Natasha Trethewey was appointed U. S. Poet Laureate by the Librarian of Congress, James Billington. She is serving her second term in that position. Her poem, “Incident,” provides an example of the poet’s style, form, and theme.
4. Four Poems by Sylvia Plath
Sylvia Plath wrote many fascinating, memorable poems, and each reader/fan will have a favorites list. This article features an overview of four of Plath's poems that have been widely anthologized and have influenced many Plath fans.
5. Geoffrey Chaucer Still Gathering Fans
The early British poet, Geoffrey Chaucer remains a classic, widely studied and appreciated by poetry aficionados, scholars, critics, and readers who simply admire good poetry.
6. Homer's Epics
Homer is one of the greatest of the classical poets, despite the fact that his very existence is debatable. It is vital to have some knowledge of this epics in order to understand Western literature, as well as Western culture.
7. Plath's ‘Morning Song’ - A Handful of Notes
A mother's love for her new born can become a less than beautiful thing in the mind of troubled woman.
8. Robert Frost – Poetry for Every Season
Robert Frost considered himself a lone wolf, because he was writing in a time when vagueness was becoming a poetic virtue in American poetry. Frost is a poet you can always trust to be putting his best words forward.
9. How to Read a Poem
This article focuses on Sylvia Plath’s poem, “Morning Song,” to help readers understand how better to read a poem.
10. Wheatley - America’s First African American Poet
Phillis Wheatley, America’s first black poet, faced hardships but through her dedication to her art was able to win a place in the American poetic canon.
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