Write It Sideways

What Are Your All-Time Favourite Poems?

I’ve been wanting to write a post about poetry for a very long time.

In my early teens, I filled notebook upon notebook with the most awful verses. Of course, like any other angst-filled and self-indulgent teenager, I thought they were rather good.

During my university studies I fell in love with a choice few poets, although I stopped writing my own poems like I had in my younger days.

Now, nearly ten years after finishing university, I rarely even read poetry.

What happened?

To be honest, because it’s so subjective, I think I only really enjoy poetry when I’m studying it. It’s difficult for me to say what makes a poem good or bad without delving into a number of areas.

Plus, I can now fully admit that I’m no poet. No sir.

However, the following are my personal criteria for enjoying a poem: