29 Excerpts From Poetry That Are Too Striking To Miss

29 Excerpts From Poetry That Are Too Striking To Miss

"And I shall be dumped where the weed decays / And the rest is rust and stardust."

So I've noticed a theme among "best poems in the English language" or "[insert random number here] of the most beautiful poems" posts: They contain a lot of Shakespeare, a good bit of Frost, hoards of the Romantic canon, and that one e.e. cummings poem that goes, "i carry your heart(i carry it in my heart)" (which is lovely, if a little overdone).

One BuzzFeed article kinda did the genre justice, filtering some offbeat writers into the pre-loaded shopping cart you're handed when you Google "prettiest lines of poetry." Regardless, there's way too much poetry out there for one list only. I don't think we'll run the well dry anytime soon.

(Anne Carson, If Not, Winter: Fragments of Sappho)

Still she haunts me, phantomwise,
Alice moving under skies
Never seen by waking eyes.
(Lewis Carroll, "A Boat Beneath a Sunny Sky")

Our peace betrayed us; we betrayed our peace.
Look at it well. This was the good town once.
(Edwin Muir, "The Good Town")

I want you to know, if you ever read this, there was a time when I would rather have had you by my side than any one of these words; I would rather have had you by my side than all the blue in the world.
(Maggie Nelson, "Bluets")

("The Fray," from the movie "The Grey")

Go, go, go, said the bird: human kind
Cannot bear very much reality.
(T.S. Eliot, "Burnt Norton")

I look
at you and I would rather look at you than all the portraits in the world
(Frank O'Hara, "Having A Coke With You")

You looked at me long enough to see something mysterioso under all the gruff and bluster. Thanks. Sometimes you get so close to someone you end up on the other side of them.
(Richard Siken, "The Long and Short of It")

(e.e. cummings, "maggie and milly and molly and may")

But our love it was stronger by far than the love
Of those who were older than we—
Of many far wiser than we—
And neither the angels in Heaven above
Nor the demons down under the sea
Can ever dissever my soul from the soul
Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;
(Edgar Allen Poe, "Annabel Lee")

Any minute now, something will happen.
(Raymond Carver, "Drinking While Driving")

As I spoke to you,
I loved you
as simply as that.
(Robert Creeley, "The First Time")

(Robert Frost, "Nothing Gold Can Stay")

He climbs up the steps and realizes that while he was in the subway, the whole world changed.
(Colson Whitehead, "The Colossus of New York")

If certain, when this life was out,
That yours and mine should be,
I'd toss it yonder like a rind,
And taste eternity.
(Emily Dickinson, "If you were coming in the fall")

My car is limping, Dolores Haze,
And the last long lap is the hardest,
And I shall be dumped where the weed decays,
And the rest is rust and stardust.
(Vladimir Nabokov, "Lolita")


I know I don’t make sense, Dad. This is the problem. I’m a sick girl, a crazy wishbone. I have razors under my tongue. I’m sorry I cut you, Dad, I’m so—so sorry. I gave you a card for Father’s Day once, it said you were my hero. You are. Your laugh is a thunderclap, you love like surgery. I think they broke me, Dad.
Jeanann Verlee, "Communion")

Will this hurt?
Yes, every day of my life.
(Sarah Kay, "Questions and Answers, In No Particular Order")

Gone, I say and walk from church,
refusing the stiff procession to the grave,
letting the dead ride alone in the hearse.
It is June. I am tired of being brave.
(Anne Sexton, "The Truth the Dead Know")

(Sylvia Plath, "Mad Girl's Love Song")

When you return to something you love,

it’s already beyond repair.

You wear it broken.
(James L. White, "Lying in Sadness")

You wrap your name tight around my ribs
And keep me warm. I was born for you.
(Benjamin Alire Sánez, "To the Desert")

Define loneliness?
It's what we can't do for each other.
What are we to each other?
What does a life mean?
Why are we here if not for each other?
(Claudia Rankine, "Don't Let Me Be Lonely")

(Pablo Neruda, "Tonight I Can Write")

Listen, writers are the ones that drip fishhooks down their throats to coax out their hearts. Writers are the ones who fling those heart-hooks into the sea even if they have a message but not a bottle. Listen, sometimes fish swallow them. Some of those fish sink to the bottom of the ocean with the weight of the world in those hearts — those Plath hearts, those Hemingway hearts — and some of them grow feathers.
(Sora-Seraph, "Whale Songs of the Pacific")

For every day they die
among us, those who were doing us some good,
who knew it was never enough but
hoped to improve a little by living.
(W.H. Auden, "In Memory of Sigmund Freud")

It was a mistake to keep this single knife in my heart
so long, but it is my knife, and my heart, too,
with its four distinct chambers.
(Richard Jackson, "Basic Algebra")

(Charles Bukowski, "16 Jap machine gun bullets")

I'm going to be honest, I had to leave out some lines that I really, really wanted to include because I know they show up on every list of poetic genius. Not that I think that means you can't like them, I just don't want to be redundant, you know?

W.H. Auden's "Funeral Blues" is only one of the many frequently-cited poems I happen to love despite its popularity. After all, those poems are popular for a reason, right? And not just because people like to name-drop Shakespeare outside of literary cliques.

Whether you love the classics or not, it's good to be exposed to new works regularly, if only so there is a shared audience. Read your Auden and Frost and cummings, but don't forget your Creeley and Verlee and Carson, okay? There's plenty of poetry to go around so that you don't have to keep regurgitating the same (however beautiful) lines, I promise.

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To The Girl Struggling With Her Body Image

It's not about the size of your jeans, but the size of your heart, soul, and spirit.


To the girl struggling with her body image,

You are more than the number on the scale. You are more than the number on your jeans and dresses. You are way more than the number of pounds you've gained or lost in whatever amount of time.

Weight is defined as the quantity of matter contained by a body or object. Weight does not define your self-worth, ambition or potential.

So many girls strive for validation through the various numbers associated with body image and it's really so sad seeing such beautiful, incredible women become discouraged over a few numbers that don't measure anything of true significance.

Yes, it is important to live a healthy lifestyle. Yes, it is important to take care of yourself. However, taking care of yourself includes your mental health as well. Neglecting either your mental or physical health will inflict problems on the other. It's very easy to get caught up in the idea that you're too heavy or too thin, which results in you possibly mistreating your body in some way.

Your body is your special, beautiful temple. It harbors all of your thoughts, feelings, characteristics, and ideas. Without it, you wouldn't be you. If you so wish to change it in a healthy way, then, by all means, go ahead. With that being said, don't make changes to impress or please someone else. You are the only person who is in charge of your body. No one else has the right to tell you whether or not your body is good enough. If you don't satisfy their standards, then you don't need that sort of negative influence in your life. That sort of manipulation and control is extremely unhealthy in its own regard.

Do not hold back on things you love or want to do because of how you interpret your body. You are enough. You are more than enough. You are more than your exterior. You are your inner being, your spirit. A smile and confidence are the most beautiful things you can wear.

It's not about the size of your jeans. It's about the size of your mind and heart. Embrace your body, observe and adore every curve, bone and stretch mark. Wear what makes you feel happy and comfortable in your own skin. Do your hair and makeup (or don't do either) to your heart's desire. Wear the crop top you've been eyeing up in that store window. Want a bikini body? Put a bikini on your body, simple.

So, as hard as it may seem sometimes, understand that the number on the scale doesn't measure the amount or significance of your contributions to this world. Just because that dress doesn't fit you like you had hoped doesn't mean that you're any less of a person.

Love your body, and your body will love you right back.

Cover Image Credit: Lauren Margliotti

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