American Rhyme and Reason
First of all, how is it possible to narrow the immense possibilities to ten?
Secondly, the article is written from a British standpoint–is that observation, compliment, or review?
After perusing the list I find myself nodding to a couple of the choices, being perplexed at a one or two, and adding the others to my “must read.”
What are your votes and opinions? Would you name these as “The 10 best American poems”? (click on “article” and read the reason and rhyme of each mentioned)
1. “Song of Myself” by Walt Whitman
2. “The Idea of Order at Key West” by Wallace Stevens
3. “Because I could not stop for death” by Emily Dickinson
4. “Directive” by Robert Frost
5. “Middle Passage” by Robert Hayden
6. “The Dry Salvages” by T.S. Eliot
7. “One Art” by Elizabeth Bishop
8. “To My Dear and Loving Husband” by Ann Bradstreet
9. “Memories of West Street and Lepke” by Robert Lowell
10. “And Ut Pictura Poesis Is Her Name” by John Ashberry