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100 Favorite Poems of Britain__BBC

100 Favorite Poems of Britain

To coincide with the National Poetry Day 1995, the BBC’s book programme, The Bookworm, conducted a poll to discover the nation’s favorite poem. Below is the result, from twelve thousand votes, in order of popularity.

1       If --, Rudyard Kipling 1865--1936

2       The Lady of Shalott, Alfred, Lord Tennyson 1809--92

3        The Listeners, Walter de la Mare 1873--1956

4        Not Waving but Drowning, Stevie Smith 1903--1971

5       The Daffodils, William Wordsworth 1770--1850

6       To Autumn, John Keats 1795--1821

7       The Lake Isle of Innisfree, W.B. Yeats 1865--1939

8       Dulce et Decorum Est, Wilfred Owen 1893--1918

9       Ode to a Nightingale, John Keats 1795—1821

10    He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven, W.B. Yeats 1865--1939

11    Remember, Christina Rossetti 1830—94

12    Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard, Thomas Gray 1716—71

13    Fern Hill, Dylan Thomas 1914—53

14    Leisure, William Henry Davies 1871—1940

15    The Highwayman, Alfred Noyes 1880—1959

16    To His Coy Mistress, Andrew Marvel 1621—78

17    Dover Beach, Matthew Arnold 1822—88

18    The Tyger, William Blake 1757—1827

19    Twelve Songs IX, W.H. Auden 1907—73

20    Adlestrop, Edward Thomas 1878—1917

21    The Soldier, Rupert Brooke 1887—1915

22    Warning, Jenny Joseph 1932—

23    Sea-Fever, John Masefield 1878—1967

24    Upon Westminster Bridge. William Wordsworth 1770—1850

25    Sonnets from the Portuguese XLIII, Elizabeth Barrett Browning 1806—61

26    The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, T.S. Eliot 1885—1965

27    Cargoes, John Masefield 1878—1967

28    Jabberwocky, Lewis Carroll 1832—98

29    from The Rime of the Ancient Mariner Part I, Samuel Taylor Coleridge 1772—1834

30    Ozymandias of Egypt, Percy Bysshe Shelley 1792—1822

31    Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, Robert Frost 1874—1963

32    Abou Ben Adhem, Leigh Hunt 1784—1859

33    Everyone Sang, Siegfried Sassoon 1886—1967

34    The Windhover, Gerard Manley Hopkins 1844—89

35    Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night, Dylan Thomas 1914—53

36    Sonnet 18, William Shakespeare 1564—1616

37    When You Are Old, W.B. Yeats 1865—1939

38    Lessons of the War (To Alan Michell) 1. Naming of Parts, Henry Reed 1914—86

39    The Darkling Thrush, Thomas Hardy 1840—1928

40    Please Mrs Butler, Allan Ahlberg 1938—

41    Kubla Khan, Samuel Taylor Coleridge 1772—1834

42    Home-Thoughts, from Abroad, Robert Browning 1812—89

43    High Flight (An Airman’s Ecstasy), John Gillespie Magee 1922-41

44    Journey of the Magi, T.S. Eliot 1885—1965

45    The Owl and the Pussy-Cat, Edward Lear 1812—88

46    The Glory of the Garden, Rudyard Kipling 1865—1936

47    The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost 1874—1963

48    The Way through the Woods, Rudyard Kipling 1865--1936

49    Anthem for Doomed Youth, Wilfred Owen 1893—1918

50    Bloody Men, Wendy Cope 1945—

51    Emmonsail’s Heath in Winter, John Clare 1793—1864

52    La Figlia Che Piange, T.S. Eliot 1885—1965

53    The Whitsun Weddings, Philip Larkin 1922—80

54    from The Ballad of Reading Goal, Oscar Wilde 1854—1900

55    I Remember, I Remember, Thomas Hood 1799—1845

56    This Be the Verse, Philip Larkin 1922—80

57    Snake, D.H. Lawrence 1885—1930

58    The Great Lover, Rupert Brooke 1887—1915

59    A Red, Red Rose, Robert Burns 1759—1796

60    The Sunlight on the Garden, Louis MacNeice 1907—63

61    The Old Vicarage, Grantchester, Rupert Brooke 1887—1915

62    Diary of a Church Mouse, John Betjeman 1906—84

63    Silver,  Walter de la Mare 1873--1956

64    Pied Beauty, Gerard Manley Hopkins 1844—89

65    Prayer before Birth, Louis MacNeice 1907—63

66    Macavity: The Mystery Cat,  T.S. Eliot 1885—1965

67    Afterwards, Thomas Hardy 1840—1928

68    The Donkey, G.K. Chesterton 1874—1936

69    My Last Duchess, Robert Browning 1812—89

70    Christmas, John Betjeman 1906—84

71    The Thought-Fox, Ted Hughes 1930—

72    Preludes,  T.S. Eliot 1885—1965

73    Love (III), George Herbert 1593—1633

74    The Charge of the Light Brigade, Alfred, Lord Tennyson 1809--92

75    I Am, John Clare 1793—1864

76    The Hound of Heaven, Francis Thompson 1859—1907

77    The Passionate Shepherd to his Love, Christopher Marlowe 1564—93

78    The Song of Wandering Aengus, W.B. Yeats 1865--1939

79    She Walks in Beauty, George Gordon, Lord Byron 1788—1824

80    Loveliest of Trees, the Cherry Now, A.E. Housman 1859—1936

81    The Flea, John Donne 1572—1631

82    Ducks, F.W. Harvey 1888—1957

83    An Arundel Tomb, Philip Larkin 1922—80

84    Sonnet 116, William Shakespeare 1564—1616

85    Ulysses, Alfred, Lord Tennyson 1809--92

86    Snow, Louis MacNeice 1907—63

87    Let Me Die a Youngman’s Death, Roger McGough 1937—

88    The Ruined Maid, Thomas Hardy 1840—1928

89    Toilet, Hugo Williams 1942—

90    Futility, Wilfred Owen 1893—1918

91    The Raven, Edgar Allan Poe 1809—49

92    Tam o’ Shanter, Robert Burns 1759—1796

93    Love’s Philosophy, Percy Bysshe Shelley 1792—1822

94    from The Song of Hiawatha, H.W. Longfellow 1807—82

95    God’s Grandeur, Gerard Manley Hopkins 1844—89

96    Chocolate Cake, Michael Rosen 1954—

97    Jenny Kissed Me, Leigh Hunt 1784—1859

98    Blackberry-Picking, Seamus Heaney 1939—2013

99    from The Prelude, William Wordsworth 1770—1850

100 Warming Her Pearls, Carol Ann Duffy 1955--

(taken from The Nation’s Favorite Poems. Foreword by Grief Rhys Jones. London: BBC, 1996)  

 

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