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    Please help me find great poems!

    I'm writing all the English teaching for an English camp in July. This is to teach non-native speakers all about English. Most will be intermediate level, but some above or below.

    The last lesson is focused on poetry, and I want to show them 10 or 12 of the best short poems. (max 32 lines)

    So, would you please suggest some of your favourite (reasonably short and simple) poems?
    And sorry, but no Shakespearian sonnets or anything where the English is too old to be easily understood.

    Thanks for any help you can give!


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    Richard Cory (E. A. Robinson)
    Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening (R. Frost)
    Fire and Ice (R. Frost)
    Trees (J. Kilmer)
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    How sweet the moonlight sleeps upon this bank!
    Here will we sit, and let the sounds of music
    Creep into our ears: soft stillness and the night
    Become the touches of sweet harmony.

    - Shakespeare,
    Merchant...Act 5

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    go with philip he's easy to read and understand but there is more to....
    The only one who can heal you is you.

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    Sleeping In The Forest

    I thought the earth remembered me, she
    took me back so tenderly, arranging
    her dark skirts, her pockets
    full of lichens and seeds. I slept
    as never before, a stone
    on the riverbed, nothing
    between me and the white fire of the stars
    but my thoughts, and they floated
    light as moths among the branches
    of the perfect trees. All night
    I heard the small kingdoms breathing
    around me, the insects, and the birds
    who do their work in the darkness. All night
    I rose and fell, as if in water, grappling
    with a luminous doom. By morning
    I had vanished at least a dozen times
    into something better.

    - Mary Oliver

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    Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening (R. Frost)

    Ozymandias (Shelley)

    The Second Coming (W.B. Yeats)

    I will think about it. It would be nice to have a selection of authors to demonstrate.
    I was fighting with temptation but I didn't want to win.
    A man like me don't like to see temptation caving in.
    Leonard Cohen

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    I made the highway man by Alfred noyes unto a video for a school project. It's my favorite non Edgar Allan Poe. I love the conquer worm, the bells ,a paen
    Annabelle Lee and of course the raven by Edgar Allan Poe

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    Lift not the painted veil which those who live
    Call Life: though unreal shapes be pictured there,
    And it but mimic all we would believe
    With colours idly spread,-behind, lurk Fear
    And Hope, twin Destinies; who ever weave
    Their shadows, oer the chasm, sightless and drear.
    I knew one who had lifted it-he sought,
    For his lost heart was tender, things to love,
    But found them not, alas! nor was there aught
    The world contains, the which he could approve.
    Through the unheeding many he did move,
    A splendour among shadows, a bright blot
    Upon this gloomy scene, a Spirit that strove
    For truth, and like the Preacher found it not.

    ----- SHELLEY

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    I know . . .
    I know I should feel sorry for my wife
    her husband is dying
    but . . .
    I have other thoughts on my mind


    That's from WritersForum, so I assume I can reproduce it here?

    It's my favorite poem. Note how conceptual it is. But in a way it's a brilliant use of the medium of poetry.

    I mention this because, you might want to teach them how poetry is a medium and THEY CAN USE IT. That would be more useful to non-native speakers, I think. That particular poem of course is minimal vocabulary, but what I'm trying to say is the if you have a thought on your mind, and you need to write it down (useful!), one format is poetry.

    Should the last line begin with "but"?
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    Look up a book called the flowers of evil.

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    Bluebird by Charles Bukowski
    Introduction to Poetry by Billy Collins
    The Red Wheelbarrow by William Carlos Williams
    The Tollund Man by Seamus Heaney
    Do Not Go Gentle into that Good Night by Dylan Thomas

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