Favorite Poems

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.

Thanks to all who participated in this poll. Let’s do it again in a hundred years!

The complete results of the poll:


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