Some of my fav – poems

I have to  admit – I cannot really say that I’m a connoisseur in poetry – be it classic or contemporary pieces. Still, I do read poems and I sure have my own hit list.

Here are the three poems which have been for a while and still remain my absolute favourites.

 IF by R. Kipling

This piece of poetry is most inspiring, gripping, invigorating and moving…I can turn back to it in hard times or in moments of weakness, it has never let me down, it has an absolutely unique effect of empowering!

O Captain, My Captain! by W. Whitman

O Captain my Captain!  our fearful trip is done,

The ship has weathered every rack, the prize we sought is won,

The port is near, the bells I hear, the people all exulting,

While follow eyes the steady keel, the vessel grim and daring;

But O heart! heart! heart!

O the bleeding drops of red,

Where on the deck my Captain lies,

Fallen cold and dead.


O Captain! my Captain! rise up and hear the bells;

Rise up–for you the flag is flung,  for you the bugle trills,

For you bouquets and ribboned wreaths,  for you the shores a-crowding,

For you they call, the swaying mass, their eager faces turning;

Here Captain! dear father!

This arm beneath your head!

It is some dream that on the deck,

You’ve fallen cold and dead.


My Captain does not answer, his lips are pale and still;

My father does not feel my arm, he has no pulse nor will;

The ship is anchored safe and sound, its voyage closed and done;

From fearful trip the victor ship comes in with object won;

Exult O shores, and ring O bells!

But I, with mournful tread,

Walk the deck my Captain lies,

Fallen cold and dead.

Deeply moving, almost tragic…

Sonnet XVIII by W. Shakespeare

I hope you’d enjoy these poems as much as I do!

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2 thoughts on “Some of my fav – poems

  1. Tanya_G says:

    Anna, I’d strongly recommend Wendy Cope if you like contemporary poetry. She’s amazing.
    Check out

  2. I did enjoy them very much, thank you for sharing your favourite three. I’d have “if” in mine too:

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