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Staff Picks — Poems Charles Likes

During the month of December, Loyola Libraries staff make lists and check them twice. What are these lists about? Anything! You can look at past years’ lists here, and stay tuned for more lists all month long!

The Seafarer (Ezra Pound version)
Not a big Ezra Pound fan, but Pound does a fantastic condensed version of the original

The Seafarer (Original Anglo Saxon version [translated])

The lovesong of Prufrock (T.S. Eliot)
Probably my all-time favorite

The Odyssesy (Homer)
Homer and Dante are essential to any poetry list.

The Iliad (Homer)

The Inferno (Dante Alighieri)

I heard a fly buzz (Emily Dickinson)

Because I could not stop for death (Emily Dickinson)
I learned these two Dickinson poems (and many others) in 11th grade and had them memorized for decades. Go Cleveland Public School education!

When Night’s Black Mantel Could Most Darkness (Lady Mary Wroth)
I wrote my first seminar paper at Loyola on this poem. Only got a B+ 🙁

Sailing to Byzantium (W.B. Yeats)
These last two Yeats poems are pretty close to my favorites (Eliot wins by a hair)

Cuchulain‘ s fight with the sea (W.B. Yeats)
I could have added more Yeat’s poems but the list was getting long. “Who goes with Ferguson?” And “Ferguson and the Druid” should both be on this list as well. Look‘ em up!


Charles Greene. Works at the library. President of the “We Love Tucker!” Fan Club. Founder and President of the “Tucker Is The Worst!” Fan Club.

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