As a poet, I have to pay homage to some of the greatest poets that ever existed. They clearly had powerful minds that cannot be ignored or forgotten. Not many people can put words together in a way that spins the mind and keeps us on edge. Here are a few of my favorite poets.
- WALT WHITMAN
Leaves of Grass includes poems that are loosely connected and represent Whitman’s philosophy of life and humanity. A lot of his views weren’t so popular, but I think that’s what made him great. You have to write what you feel no matter what.
- EMILY DICKINSON
She lived a good portion of her life secluded in her home, but she spent her time writing poetry. She only published a few, but after her death it was discovered that she wrote over eighteen hundred poems. I’m so glad they were found and published for us to read and cherish forever.
- LANGSTON HUGHES
From the time he was a young boy, he wrote poems and was even elected class poet in grammar school. He went to college and continued to write well into adulthood. He first contributed to an NAACP magazine called The Crisis which is where most of his poems were published. His poems and writing granted him many awards and honors throughout his life and after his death.