April was National Poetry Month in the United States, but I celebrated it here in India nonetheless. It was a busy month, so the most I could do was read one poem a day, which I’ve been sharing on my Reading Challenge page. Maybe next time I’ll write poems too.
Meanwhile, in honor of (Inter)National Poetry Month, here are some of my favorite poems of all time (excluding poems in Hindi and Marathi):
‘Where the Mind is Without Fear‘ by Rabindranath Tagore
Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high
Where knowledge is free
Where the world has not been broken up into fragments
By narrow domestic walls
‘Good Hours‘ by Robert Frost
And I thought I had the folk within:
I had the sound of a violin;
I had a glimpse through curtain laces
Of youthful forms and youthful faces
‘Lone Fox Dancing‘ by Ruskin Bond
Sometimes, when words ring true,
I’m like a lone fox dancing
In the morning dew.
‘Pomegranate‘ by Kevin Pilkington
I tell her to be careful since the world comes to an end
three blocks to the east of where we stand.
‘Sonnet VI‘ by Elizabeth Barret Browning
Alone upon the threshold of my door
Of individual life, I shall command
The uses of my soul, nor lift my hand
Serenely in the sunshine as before,
Without the sense of that which I forbore—
Thy touch upon the palm.
“One ought, every day at least, to hear a little song, read a good poem, see a fine picture, and, if it were possible, to speak a few reasonable words.”
― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe