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28 Best Poetry Books of All Time

(Updated 2021) Our goal was to create the best list of Poetry books on the internet.
To remain objective and unbiased, we looked at the 4 most popular“best Poetry books" articles online (we chose 4 because anything more than that diluted our quality).

Our rationale was simple: If a book only appears in one article, it’s probably just the journalist’s opinion, but if it appears in two or more, it’s probably worth checking out!
Below you’ll find which books made the cut 😊

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  1. 1

    Leaves of Grass

    Walt Whitman

    Appears in 4 articles
  2. 2
    Appears in 3 articles
  3. 3
    Appears in 3 articles
  4. 4

    100 Selected Poems

    E. E. Cummings

    Appears in 3 articles
  5. 5

    Ariel

    Sylvia Plath

    Appears in 2 articles
  6. 6
    Appears in 2 articles
  7. 7
    Appears in 2 articles
  8. 8

    The Flowers of Evil

    Charles Baudelaire

    Appears in 2 articles
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    The Essential Rumi

    Jalal Al-Din Rumi

    Appears in 2 articles
  10. 10
    Appears in 2 articles
  11. 11
    Appears in 2 articles
  12. 12
    Appears in 2 articles
  13. 13
    Appears in 2 articles
  14. 14
    Appears in 2 articles
  15. 15
    Appears in 2 articles
  16. 16
    Appears in 2 articles
  17. 17
    Appears in 2 articles
  18. 18

    Selected Poems

    Federico Garcia Lorca

    Appears in 2 articles
  19. 19
    Appears in 2 articles
  20. 20
    Appears in 2 articles
  21. 21

    Picture Bride

    Cathy Song

    Appears in 2 articles
  22. 22
    Appears in 2 articles
  23. 23

    Neon Vernacular

    Yusef Komunyakaa

    Appears in 2 articles
  24. 24
    Appears in 2 articles
  25. 25
    Appears in 2 articles
  26. 26
    Appears in 2 articles
  27. 27

    Devotions

    Mary Oliver

    Appears in 2 articles
  28. 28

    Citizen

    Claudia Rankine

    Appears in 2 articles

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