Silly Sir Philip didn't know how to spell "poetry."
Anyway, we've had threads for almost every other creative medium, so I thought I'd start this up so can discuss noteworthy contemporary poets or those of antiquity whose styles still enthrall us today.
This coincides with an effort a friend of mine and I are making to memorize one poem a week from now until an undetermined time. I'm starting with John Donne's Holy Sonnet X
, read wonderfully by Emma Thompson in the film adaptation of the play Wit
(also worth reading).
I think that Daljit Nagra is quite good, whom I mentioned briefly in another thread. I've only read Look We Have Coming to Dover!
, though. He reads some of his poems online, but I'm not going to link to them because I think you need to read his collection as a whole to get a good sense of it because he uses so many different styles and speakers. That sounds patronizing, but I stand by my decision.The Vine
by Robert Herrick is always a good example of bawdy 17th century poetry. Think the forest scene from The Evil Dead
, but more gentle, I suppose.