Poetry Reading Titles

Aimless Love

Aimless Love
by Billy Collins
Year Published: 2013

“From the two-term Poet Laureate of the United States Billy Collins comes his first volume of new and selected poems in twelve years. Collins’s unmistakable voice, which brings together plain speech with imaginative surprise, is clearly heard on every page, reminding us how he has managed to enrich the tapestry of contemporary poetry and greatly expand its audience.”

The Canterbury Tales

The Canterbury Tales
by Geoffrey Chaucer
Year Published: 1476

“A story-telling competition between a group of pilgrims from all walks of life is the occasion for a series of tales that range from the Knight’s account of courtly love and the ebullient Wife of Bath’s Arthurian legend, to the ribald anecdotes of the Miller and the Cook. Rich and diverse, The Canterbury Tales offer an unrivalled glimpse into the life and mind of medieval England.”

The Complete Collected Poems Book Image

The Complete Collected Poems

by Maya Angelou
Year Published: 1994

Throughout her illustrious career in letters, Maya Angelou gifted, healed, and inspired the world with her words. Now the beauty and spirit of those words live on in this new and complete collection of poetry that reflects and honors the writer’s remarkable life.”

The Inferno Book Image

The Inferno

by Danta Alighieri
Year Published: 1320

“Dante Alighieri's poetic masterpiece is a moving human drama, an unforgettable visionary journey through the infinite torment of Hell.”

Leaves of Grass Book Image

Leaves of Grass

by Walt Whitman
Year Published: 1898

“When Walt Whitman self-published Leaves of Grass in 1855, he rocked the literary world and forever changed the course of poetry. In subsequent editions, Whitman continued to revise and expand his poems--but none matched the raw power and immediacy of the first edition.”


Paradise Lost Book Image

Paradise Lost
by John Milton
Year Published: 1667

“Paradise Lost is about Adam and Eve--how they came to be created and how they came to lose their place in the Garden of Eden, also called Paradise. It's the same story you find in the first pages of Genesis, expanded by Milton into a very long, detailed, narrative poem. It also includes the story of the origin of Satan.”


Poems Book Image


by Elizabeth Bishop
Year Published: 2011

“The themes central to [Bishop’s] poetry are geography and landscape―from New England, where she grew up, to Brazil and Florida, where she later lived―human connection with the natural world, questions of knowledge and perception, and the ability or inability of form to control chaos.”

Shakespeares Sonnets Book Image

Shakespeare's Sonnets
by William Shakespeare
Year Published: 1609

Shakespeare's Sonnets are universally loved and much-quoted throughout the world. [This] authoritative edition of Shakespeare’s Sonnets from The Folger Shakespeare Library [is] the trusted and widely used Shakespeare series for students and general readers.”

 Sir Gawain and Green Knight Book Image

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
by Burton Raffel
Year Published: 1609

“It is Christmas in Camelot, and a truly royal feast has been laid out for King Arthur and his knights. Though there is plenty of good cheer to go around, the festivities hardly begin before a monstrous, axe-wielding, green-skinned knight barges in. He has come to see the famous Knights of the Round Table and offer them a simple but deadly challenge—a challenge taken on by the brave Sir Gawain—a challenge that will force him to choose between his honor and his life.”