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Favorite Poems of the 20th Century


At the end of 2019, Living Poetry conducted a poll of its members to determine which 20th century poems were our favorites. First we held nominations and 37 poems by 32 different poets qualified for the ballot then we voted.

Each Living Poet was allowed to rank up to five poems. Their first place poem received 10 votes, second got 5, third 3, fourth 2 and fifth 1 vote. The results were tallied and Living Poetry’s Favorite Poem of the 20th Century is Wistawa Szymborska‘s Children of Our Age!

Maya Angelou‘s Still I Rise came second while three poems tied for third: Robert Hayden‘s Those Winter Sundays and William Carlos WilliamsThe Red Wheelbarrow and This Is Just To Say.

Complete Results

What’s your favorite poem from the 20th century?



About Bartholomew Barker

Bartholomew Barker is one of the organizers of Living Poetry, a collection of poets and poetry lovers in the Triangle region of North Carolina. Born and raised in Ohio, studied in Chicago, he worked in Connecticut for nearly twenty years before moving to Hillsborough where he makes money as a computer programmer to fund his poetry habit.


5 thoughts on “Favorite Poems of the 20th Century

  1. This is a tough one, of course, but as I just thought of the question, this is the first candidate that came to my mind:
    Edwin Muir’s “The Horses” —


    Liked by 1 person

    Posted by Steve Croft | December 26, 2019, 2:00 PM

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