Learning 100 poems by heart [UK]
What's more, I am beginning to make sense of poems that I've always found tricky. The tightness and compactness of Shakespeare sonnets, for instance, dictates that, unless you are one of those freaks of nature who can soak this stuff up effortlessly, they take a depressingly long time to learn. But once you have them by heart - which is of course by head - the poems stay with you, resonating in what Seamus Heaney calls the echo chambers of the mind. They unfurl and display their self-delighting inventiveness: time and again, walking down the street, I have little insights and epiphanies.
Hm, interesting choice. Gone for quite musical/rhythmic poets.
Shakespeare, Donne, Herbert, Marvell, Herrick, Milton, Blake, Wordsworth, Byron, Shelley, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Housman, Yeats, TS Eliot Prufrock, Auden, Muir, Frost, ee cummings, Larkin, Gunn, Plath, Hughes, Heaney... Plath stands out here, methinks.