Since teaching a 12-week Intensive English course at my college, I've discovered to beauty of poems. up only now. Yes, I've been living under a rock all this time. Never mind. Better late than never. Anyway, I plan to introduce poems, poem recital and poem memorisation among the 16 students in my class. So for the past three days, I've compiled a short list of my own poem "best sellers".
It wasn't until I surfed around for some analysis or interpretation of the poems that I really savoured the beauty of these poems.
Here's my list (which I made a Voicethread of), in no particular order.
The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost - makes me think about and reflect on the paths I've taken and the choices I've made in life thus far.
High Flight by John Gillespie Magee, Jr. - I love flight simulation games and aeroplanes. A tribute to all aviation heroes and the challenger Space shuttle crew.
How Do I Love Thee? by Elizabeth Barrett Browning - ah what would a poem be without love?
If by Rudyard Kipling - character building.
I had a comrade - translated by Frank Petersohn - a timeless classic from the Great War. Poignant stuff!
I Keep Six Honest Men by Rudyard kipling - connected with systems analysis. A checklist for journalists.
For Whom the Bell Tolls by John Donne - if someone dies, a part of me dies too. How poignant! Reminds me of a certain B&W movie starring Garry Cooper and Ingrid Bergmann about the Spanish civil war.
What's your favourite poem? why?