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4.04 of 5 stars 4.04 avg rating — 64,612 ratings
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4.26 of 5 stars 4.26 avg rating — 850,423 ratings
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3.9 of 5 stars 3.90 avg rating — 29,262 ratings
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4.26 of 5 stars 4.26 avg rating — 23,850 ratings
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4.29 of 5 stars 4.29 avg rating — 7,662 ratings
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4.22 of 5 stars 4.22 avg rating — 29,331 ratings
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4.19 of 5 stars 4.19 avg rating — 11,275 ratings
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4.44 of 5 stars 4.44 avg rating — 4,268 ratings
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4.29 of 5 stars 4.29 avg rating — 10,754 ratings
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4.21 of 5 stars 4.21 avg rating — 116,930 ratings
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4.24 of 5 stars 4.24 avg rating — 4,562 ratings
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3.46 of 5 stars 3.46 avg rating — 121,820 ratings
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4.27 of 5 stars 4.27 avg rating — 10,245 ratings
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4.18 of 5 stars 4.18 avg rating — 4,860 ratings
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4.43 of 5 stars 4.43 avg rating — 9,374 ratings
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4.23 of 5 stars 4.23 avg rating — 12,002 ratings
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4.3 of 5 stars 4.30 avg rating — 1,038 ratings
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4.18 of 5 stars 4.18 avg rating — 7,997 ratings
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3.39 of 5 stars 3.39 avg rating — 140,487 ratings
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4.42 of 5 stars 4.42 avg rating — 1,732 ratings
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4.36 of 5 stars 4.36 avg rating — 942 ratings
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4.01 of 5 stars 4.01 avg rating — 35,173 ratings
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4.42 of 5 stars 4.42 avg rating — 5,790 ratings
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1,455 books · 1,584 voters · list created June 21st, 2008 by Jordan (votes) .
Tags: poems, poetry
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message 1: by Lea (new)

Lea I HAD to stop at fifteen. There were so many favorites, so little time!


message 3: by [deleted user] (new)

I have tried over 5 times to add Cracked by Alice Shapiro and it won't take here. If you are able to get it work please add this book for me. thanks


message 4: by Steven (last edited Sep 14, 2009 01:02AM) (new)

Steven Harbin Alice, Cracked - Timeless Topics of Nature, Courage and Endurance, by Alice Shapiro is on the list now, at 297 last time I checked. I was able to add it from my list of books...wouldn't come up at first though...see if you can vote on it now.Alice Shapiro


message 5: by [deleted user] (new)

Steven wrote: "Alice, Cracked - Timeless Topics of Nature, Courage and Endurance, by Alice Shapiro is on the list now, at 297 last time I checked. I was able to add it from my list of books...wouldn't come up a..."

Thanks Steve, I finally got back here to vote for her. I found this link again via book lady.




message 6: by Xenophon (new)

Xenophon Hendrix I'm surprised that some of the classic anthologies aren't ranked higher.


message 7: by John (new)

John Howard A Salute to Spanish Poetry: 100 Masterpieces from Spain and Latin America rendered into English verse by John Howard Reid


message 8: by Nicole (new)

Nicole yum


message 9: by Christine (new)

Christine Korda Being that Valentine's Day is just around the corner - now is the time to put together the list of poetry books you want...send them to your someone special so they know what to get you.

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message 10: by Matthew (new)

Matthew Luethje To Kill a Mockingbird

Since when was #138, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, a book of poetry?

It's prose fiction, and nothing but prose fiction.


message 11: by M. (new)

M. Sarki Interesting to me how Jack Gilbert and Eugenio Montale are still not known as well as they should be, at least among people who supposedly read poetry. Both of them great poets, and Jack is still alive. Also interesting that I only have one collection even rated of the so-called top 100 books so far listed. Probably why I hate poetry.


message 12: by Mick (new)

Mick I've added Langston Hughes and May Swenson because they need to be here.


message 13: by Tiffany (new)

Tiffany Tolbert "Lucky Charms" poetry by Poetess Tiffany Tolbert


message 14: by Beth A. (new)

Beth A. Just too many to go through...if your interested in a smallish group for sharing your own please join...
http://www.goodreads.com/group/show/6...


message 15: by Kitten Reads (new)

Kitten Reads I'm a newbie at poetry, so I'll look for these titles ;)


message 18: by Booklovinglady (last edited Mar 29, 2013 01:15AM) (new)

Booklovinglady I've added several poetry books but I've also deleted several novels: All of Jane Austen's novels, Salinger's 'The Catcher in the Rye', Melville's 'Moby Dick' and Mitchell's 'Gone with the Wind'.


message 19: by Roger (new)

Roger Penney I think it is imp[ossible to tell what is best. What are the criteria? For many folks it will come down to 'what I like'.
Poems are set in a context both near and remote and personal. It is like saying A scored higher on an IQ test so she is better than B.
It is true that there may be bad poetry as there are bad songs. "Raise high the flags, stand rank on rank together...and so on" Bad poetry and song because of the results. This is the Utilitarian view. But then put just those words and may some of the other verses into a different context and the poetry might be good. That is 'on the side of the angels'.
Robert Burns and Shakespeare are not mentioned. Why not they certainly compare with Milton and John Donne.
You have set us an impossible task.


message 20: by Booklovinglady (last edited Apr 18, 2013 03:37PM) (new)

Booklovinglady Roger wrote: "Robert Burns and Shakespeare are not mentioned. Why not they certainly compare with Milton and John Donne...."

Shakespeare's Sonnets was the first book in this Listopia I voted for (and 94 others voted for this books as well...).

I've also added The Complete Poems and Songs of Robert Burns.


message 21: by Sylvain (new)

Sylvain HEARTFELT BARING ALL (#5) only has 16 ratings but has 110 votes? Odd...


message 22: by AnnMarie (new)

AnnMarie Stone Sylvain wrote: "HEARTFELT BARING ALL (#5) only has 16 ratings but has 110 votes? Odd..."

My guess is because the votes it received weren't the first vote for that user. A #1 vote will give a book 100 points, whereas a #100 vote will just give 1 point. Does that make sense?


message 23: by AnnMarie (new)

AnnMarie Stone Can anyone tell me why my own poetry book may have been removed from this list? I had nearly 100 votes before it was removed and I have not seen any reason why it was. Is it simply the opinion that it is too new to count?

Thank you!

Whispering Tears: A Book of Poetry


message 24: by Lobstergirl (new)

Lobstergirl p. 12: 'Snow' by Orhan Pamuk is not a poetry book but a novel.


message 25: by Lobstergirl (new)

Lobstergirl The Tale of Peter Rabbit? also on p. 12.


message 26: by Lobstergirl (new)

Lobstergirl p. 11: Pretty sure "The Dinner" by Koch is a novel.


message 27: by Lobstergirl (new)

Lobstergirl Same with "Life of Pi."


message 28: by Lobstergirl (new)

Lobstergirl P. 10, "The Lion of Cairo" appears to be a fantasy novel.


message 29: by Lobstergirl (new)

Lobstergirl P. 9, "Dare to Surrender" is an erotic novel.


message 30: by Lobstergirl (new)

Lobstergirl Same with "Off the Record" by K.A. Linde...p. 9


message 31: by Jan C (new)

Jan C Isn't The Merchant of Venice (p. 3) a drama?


message 32: by Jan C (new)

Jan C What's with Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell (p. 4) - that was some kind of a novel. Even if I didn't make it past p. 25.


message 33: by Jan C (new)

Jan C Island of the Blue Dolphins (p. 8) is a novel.


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