Favorite poems cut through time,
Pierce the mind with thought sublime,
some on nature, love, or life,
God, the soul, or afterlife,
some American, some Christian,
all spring from imagination.

Poetry offers a new awareness of life experience. Each poem is an act of pure creation that captures an essential insight about humanity or the transcendent. A poetic work often reflects the historical age in which it was written. For example, the Book of Psalms exemplifies Hebrew poetry, which is characterized by parallelism, a rhythmic arrangement of thought patterns. The publication of The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri in 1320 signaled the beginning of the Renaissance. Samuel Taylor Coleridge and William Wordsworth with their publication of Lyrical Ballads in 1798 started English Romanticism. Coleridge considered the purpose of Lyrical Ballads was to establish two principles of poetry: "the power of exciting the sympathy of the reader by a faithful adherence to the truth of nature, and the power of giving the interest of novelty to the modifying colors of imagination." Wordsworth saw the nature of romantic poetry as "the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings," which "takes its origin from emotion recollected in tranquillity." The twentieth-century poet T. S. Eliot in Four Quartets explored the questions of time and eternity and their unity in Christ through the Incarnation. We hope you enjoy these noted selections!

Dante Alighieri - The Divine Comedy

Baseball Poetry and Song

The Book of Psalms

Elizabeth Barrett Browning - Two Sonnets on Love

Samuel Taylor Coleridge - The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

John Donne - For Whom the Bell Tolls, Death Be Not Proud and other Sonnets

Thomas Stearns Eliot - Four Quartets, The Rock, and Murder in the Cathedral

Robert Frost - The Road Not Taken and other poems

Kahlil Gibran - On Love

George Herbert - The Pulley

John Keats - Robin Hood

Joyce Kilmer - Trees and other poems

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow - The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere

Andrew Marvell - A Dialogue Between the Soul and the Body

John Henry Cardinal Newman - Firmly I Believe and Truly

Rainer Maria Rilke - Autumn

Christina Rossetti - The Voice of My Beloved

William Shakespeare - The Quality of Mercy

Robert Southwell - Burning Babe

William Wordsworth - The Virgin

The Bible