So You Want to Read… is a monthly feature here on eclectictales.com in which I recommend books by particular authors to readers who have never read a book from certain authors and would like to start. I’m always happy to recommend books and certain authors to my fellow readers and bloggers! 🙂
Happy April! For this edition of “So You Want to Read…” I decided to feature Poetry again as it’s National Poetry Month. My first poetry post and list of recommendations for the form can be found in this post. I decided to feature this form again as I’ve read a ton of great poetry last year, some of which are worth checking out if poetry isn’t your thing or you’re hoping to read more of the form 🙂
So continuing where I left off, these three poets are also worth checking out if you’re reading poetry for the first time:
- Pablo Neruda — One of the, if not the greatest poet from Latin/South America. Pablo Neruda wrote some really sensual and poignant love poetry, but he also wrote a lot of poetry about the political atmosphere of his country over the decades, the misery and suffering of the people under dictatorship. His poetry is both moving and also eye-opening. I read an omnibus of his work that was bilingual (review) which can be pretty daunting because it’s a massive book but worth checking out if you just want to dive straight into his work and you’re not sure where to start–or if you just want to read all of his work.
- Dylan Thomas — Another poet from the 20th century, I first encountered his work around grade 12 high school when one of his works was used in a movie. I then used it for an English assignment and thought it really haunting but never sought to pick his works again until last year (review). The rest of his poems, especially later on, are very much in the same vein as “And death shall have no dominion” in the haunting visual, the mournful tone of was is lost, the use of imagery and tone. You may have to be in a particular mood to read his poems, but they’re still very accessible.
- Edgar Allan Poe — Finally, for a turn to the nineteenth century, may I recommend Edgar Allan Poe 🙂 I only got around to his poems early this year (review) after having picked up the book late last year and omg, one of my better book-buying decisions, lol. Sometimes he uses phrases and passages repeatedly to drive his point across, but his poems are full of imagery and feeling with some stunning use of words and turn of phrases, yeah, I’d highly recommend checking out his poems if you’re delving into poetry for the first time. And the volume is not that long either, so that’s a plus!
I hope this list helps if you’re interested in reading some poetry, either for the first time or in passing. Have you read anything from the above poets before? Which poets would you recommend to first time poetry readers (or readers who don’t normally read or like poetry)? Let me know, I’d love to hear from you! 🙂