Ten (English language) poems that I'd like to have written, all in one day, if possible (listed in no particular order, off the top of de head, without too much racking of brains):
1. Ozymandias (Shelley)
2. Sailing to Byzantium (Yeats)
3. The first 2 sections of Song of Myself (Whitman)
4. Fern Hill (Dylan Thomas)
5. Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock (Eliot)
6. Kubla Khan (Coleridge)
7. The Instruction Manual (Ashbery)
8. Ode upon a Grecian Urn (Keats)
9. The Thought Fox (Hughes)
10. The Idea of Order at Key West (Mr. Stevens).
Numbers eight and ten sprang to mind after I had already come up with my ten. Number two was in contention with "Easter 1916" as my representative Yeats poem.
It's nice to see another list with some more classical poets in it. I'm not sure why I find it nice, but I do.
It's funny you mention "The Instruction Manual" -- I thought in Ashbery's huge volume of work it would have gotten completely lost. But it really is an excellent poem.
I would add: Sappho. Imagine what it would have been like to write some of *that*...
Did she write in English? (Just kidding...) Then of course, there's Shakespeare, and Roethke, and Blake, and ... and...
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