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William Haskins
02-25-2005, 10:48 PM
Who do you believe to have been the greatest poet of the 20th Century (writing in English)?

If none of these reflect your choice, please feel free to enter your choice in your reply.

Jamesaritchie
02-25-2005, 10:53 PM
Who do you believe to have been the greatest poet of the 20th Century (writing in English)?

If none of these reflect your choice, please feel free to enter your choice in your reply.

I check Robert Frost, but I'd have to give Kipling very strong consideration, even though his life was split between the 19th and 20th centuries.

William Haskins
02-25-2005, 11:30 PM
good call on kipling. it's a shame that i could only post 10 options, because there really are a lot i couldn't include.

theodore roethke and wilfred owen leap to mind.

thanks for posting and voting, james.

randesq
02-26-2005, 06:57 AM
What other poet can crack you up?

neepheid
02-26-2005, 12:54 PM
I was always partial to the works of Norman McCaig. No idea if he's the greatest, but his is the first poetry I seriously studied at school so it will always be with me.

wingtoad
02-27-2005, 04:12 AM
Where's Yeats? He'd be my choice.

Ralyks
09-24-2010, 09:34 PM
I too would choose Yeats. Of the options on the list, however, I chose Frost.

SirOtter
09-25-2010, 01:10 AM
Henry Gibson

rugcat
09-25-2010, 01:31 AM
Yeats, without a doubt.

Though I'm quite fond of Wallace Stevens.

donroc
09-25-2010, 02:09 AM
e.e. cummings, who could be lyrical, political, and had a great sense of humor.

dolores haze
09-25-2010, 02:39 AM
Bukowski.

Billytwice
09-25-2010, 03:08 AM
John Betjeman

Qbynewbie
09-25-2010, 03:34 AM
I don't know how to measure "greatest". Frost probably had more influence than any of the others, if measured by the number of people who were influenced by his work. But "The Waste Land" may be the greatest poem of the 20th century. Edna St. Vincent Millay won a Pulitzer at something like 30 and was a giant of her generation. Tolkien was a poet and a great writer but was he also a great poet? Too many choices to choose one. But since I needed to choose one, I chose Eliot for the poll.

Xelebes
09-25-2010, 06:08 AM
Favourite is Robert Service followed by Rudyard Kipling.

poetinahat
09-27-2010, 05:01 AM
(sometimes a little necromancy is a good thing, no?)

I don't think I can choose one, but of the poets I've read, I'd think also about Seamus Heaney (I beat that drum too often, I know). I don't know that I'd end up selecting Richard Brautigan, but I love Trout Fishing in America.

Steppe
09-27-2010, 06:07 AM
I would vote for Emily Dickinson.

It was said of her work that it held "A searing strength of language and an economy of words which recalls Oriental literature overshadow the vivid but gentle lyricism of most of her anthologized work".

I think that her poetry was in part helpful for the transition from classic into modern poetry.

milly
09-27-2010, 06:11 AM
I echo Roethke

"she moved in circles and those circles moved"

OMG...brilliant

:)

Kate Thornton
09-28-2010, 03:13 AM
I didn't see William Haskins on the list, so I had to go for Robert Graves. But Robert Service and Stephen Spender are great favorites of mine, my favorites having nothing to do with great poets of the 20th C.

scarletpeaches
09-28-2010, 03:16 AM
good call on kipling. it's a shame that i could only post 10 options, because there really are a lot i couldn't include.

theodore roethke and wilfred owen leap to mind.

thanks for posting and voting, james.Wilfred Owen was my first choice.

Sassoon just squeaks into second, I think. Maybe Betjeman.

But Owen's definitely in first place for me.

Priene
09-28-2010, 08:20 PM
The Waste Land is the greatest poem of that century, so TS Eliot has to be a probable, though his productivity was low and Gerontion makes me want to vomit. If not him, then I'd probably go with WH Auden, though I sometimes feel he failed to nail the perfect poem. In the generation after him, Sylvia Plath and Tony Harrison are my favourites.

There's also Thomas Hardy to consider, who main poetry was actually produced after 1900, though he feels like a Victorian.

blacbird
09-29-2010, 03:21 AM
I would vote for Emily Dickinson. Emily Dickinson did not live in the 20th century.

KTC
09-29-2010, 03:22 AM
Emily Dickinson did not live in the 20th century.

you are correct, sir.

caw

milly
09-29-2010, 03:30 AM
There's also Thomas Hardy to consider, who main poetry was actually produced after 1900, though he feels like a Victorian.

Thomas Hardy is by far my favorite combination writer...novelist/poet

and he was prolific when it came to his poetry...well, in his fiction as well now that I think about it...just wonderful

:)