American Poetry

This week I’m going to be featuring American poetry on my site. Post your favourites, or favorites, as the Americans would write, with the tag #AmericanPoetry or link in the comments to this post.

I’m going to fittingly start with, arguably America’s most influential and innovative poet, Walt Whitman’s America.


Centre of equal daughters, equal sons,

All, all alike endear’d, grown, ungrown, young or old,

Strong, ample, fair, enduring, capable, rich,

Perennial with the Earth, with Freedom, Law and Love,

A grand, sane, towering, seated Mother,

Chair’d in the adamant of Time

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  1. cabrogal says:

    Depends on my mood. Eliot’s The Wasteland and Frost’s The Road Not Taken are definitely up there. Mind you there’s only one American poem I both like and can recite from memory, Thoreau’s My life has been the poem.

  2. My favourite is O Me! O Life! also by Walt Whitman.😊

  3. Obviously Donald Trump doesnt count him as one of his favourites

    • cabrogal says:

      Hey! You’re not going to tell me the lyrics to the Green Acres theme ain’t great literature. I might not know much about art but …

      • Hhmmm me thinks you know a lot about art, and that aint it. My dad is an artist too and I spent a good part of my life being schlepped from one gallery to another.

        • cabrogal says:

          I spent a good part of my life being schlepped from one gallery to another.

          Same here.
          I don’t reckon I learned much about art that way. Learned plenty about wine, cheese and wank-speak though. I probably couldn’t ID an original Drysdale, but I can drivel on about it for an hour or two.

          My dad was a sparky, so we had a house full of exposed wiring and dodgy power-points.
          My mum is a painter and art teacher so we had a house full of turps fumes. About the only thing I learned about painting from her was how to clean brushes and prime canvases.

  4. Ameena k.g says:

    Langston Hughes- the negro mother

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