I have a very inconsistent relationship with poetry. I go through phases where I love it and then can go months without touching it. Right now, I’m definitely in team poetry. When I don’t have very much time to read, poetry and short stories are my go to. I’m currently looking for some new poetry to read so if you have any suggestions, send them my way. In the meantime, I thought I would share some of the poems I have been loving with you.
First up is La Belle Dame Sans Merci by John Keats. I studied this at A-Level and fell head over heels for it. There’s just something so wonderfully twisted and unsettling about it. If you’re a fan of Gothic literature or anything creepy, this one is probably for you.
Catullus 85 is wonderful, even though it is super short (a couple of lines short!). This is another one that I studied in class, this time at university, and I was just struck by its beautiful simplicity.
I recently picked up a copy of The Hungry Ghost Festival by Jen Campbell. It’s a wonderful collection but my absolute favourite within it is Treading Water. It’s all about growing up in the north and being shaped by our environments and I’ve been re-reading it quite a lot recently.
After months of scouring through charity shops, I finally got my hand on a collection of poems by Emily Brontë. I’ve been desperate to read some for a while and it hasn’t disappointed. I absolutely adore Strong I Stand and am sure I’ll find plenty more gems as I make my through the collection.
Still I Rise by Maya Angelou will always have a special place in my heart. I remember the first time I read it, a few years ago. I felt the words seeping into my heart and setting up camp there and they haven’t moved since. It’s such a provocative and inspiring poem, so much so that I try to make sure that I read it regularly!