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Best Poetry Books

Looking for good poetry books? On this page you’ll find a curated list of the best poetry books of all time. Enjoy!

The 10 Best Poetry Books of All Time

1. Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur

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Synopsis: Milk and honey’ is a collection of poetry and prose about survival. About the experience of violence, abuse, love, loss, and femininity.

2. Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein

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Synopsis: Where the sidewalk ends, Shel Silverstein’s world begins. There you’ll meet a boy who turns into a TV set and a girl who eats a whale. The Unicorn and the Bloath live there, and so does Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout who will not take the garbage out.

3. Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman

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Synopsis: As Malcolm Cowley says in his Introduction, the first edition of Leaves of Grass “might be called the buried masterpiece of American writing,” for it exhibits “Whitman at his best, Whitman at his freshest in vision and boldest in language, Whitman transformed by a new experience.”

4. The Princess Saves Herself in This One by Amanda Lovelace

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Synopsis: A poetry collection divided into four different parts: the princess, the damsel, the queen, & you. the princess, the damsel, & the queen piece together the life of the author in three stages, while you serves as a note to the reader & all of humankind.

5. The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur


Synopsis: Divided into five chapters and illustrated by Kaur, the sun and her flowers is a journey of wilting, falling, rooting, rising, and blooming. A celebration of love in all its forms.

6. A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein

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Synopsis: Here in the attic of Shel Silverstein you will find Backward Bill, Sour Face Ann, the Meehoo with an Exactlywatt, and the Polar Bear in the Frigidaire. You will talk with Broiled Face, and find out what happens when Somebody steals your knees, you get caught by the Quick-Digesting Gink, a Mountain snores, and They Put a Brassiere on the Camel.

7. Ariel by Sylvia Plath

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Synopsis: This collection showcases the beloved poet’s brilliant, provoking, and always moving poems, including “Ariel” and once again shows why readers have fallen in love with her work throughout the generations.

8. Howl and Other Poems by Allen Ginsberg

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Synopsis: Allen Ginsberg’s Howl and Other Poems was originally published by City Lights Books in the Fall of 1956. Subsequently seized by U.S. customs and the San Francisco police, it was the subject of a long court trail at which a series of poets and professors persuaded the court that the book was not obscene.

9. The Odyssey by Homer

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Synopsis: Odysseus’ reliance on his wit and wiliness for survival in his encounters with divine and natural forces, during his ten-year voyage home to Ithaca after the Trojan War, is at once a timeless human story and an individual test of moral endurance.

10. The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson by Emily Dickinson

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Synopsis: The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson, a three-volume critical edition compiled by Thomas H. Johnson, were readers able for the first time to assess, understand, and appreciate the whole of Dickinson’s extraordinary poetic genius.

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