Happy National Poetry Day

I’m not going to write this blog as a poem, although if I did it would probably take the form of a list with accidental rhymes and a free flowing rhythm as easy as speech.

Facebook is awash with lists; ‘10 favourite books that have touched your life’ is the one going around at the moment. The idea is that you post your 10 titles and nominate two other friends to do the same; an endless chain of recommendations.

And so it goes.

When I did mine I struggled to stick to fiction. It made me want to make another list for poetry. What better day, then on which to make such a list. Here goes, in no special order:

  1. Eden Rock by Charles Causley
  2. Prayer by Carol Ann Duffy
  3. Handbag by Ruth Fainlight
  4. The Eve of St Agnes by John Keats
  5. Wild Geese by Mary Oliver
  6. The Red Wheelbarrow by William Carlos Williams
  7. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening by Robert Frost
  8. The Voice by Thomas Hardy
  9. The Wasteland by T S Eliot
  10. Welsh Landscape by R S Thomas

If I could save just one from the fire which would it be? Eden Rock.

That was hard. And of course it isn’t complete. No such list ever could be. Ask me again next month and I’ll probably choose a different ten.

What would be on your list?

Jane Moss