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Lista över dikter värda att läsa.

[N.B. Alla dikter är lästa på det språk som titeln hänvisar till. Det är viktigt att hitta den bästa översättningen. Bra översättningar görs av andra poeter och sällan av professorer]

Dante Alighieri

  • The Divine Comedy

A.R. Ammons

  • Corson’s Inlet
  • Easter Morning
  • Gravelly Run
  • Mansion
  • So I Said I Am Ezra

Charles Baudelaire

  • L’invitation au voyage

Joachim du Bellay

  • Of a Winnower of Grain, to the Wind

William Blake

  • Ah! Sun-flower
  • Auguries of Innocence
  • Introduction (Songs of Innocence)
  • The Clod and the Pebble
  • The Tyger

Robert Browning

  • Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came

Lord Byron

  • Don Juan

Luis Vaz de Camões

  • Dear Gentle Soul

Roy Campbell

  • The Flaming Terrapin
  • The Golden Shower
  • We Are Like Worlds

Thomas Campion

  • There is a Garden in Her Face
  • When To Her Lute Corinna Sings

Luis Cenuda

  • Apologia Pro Sua Memoria
  •  Like a Feeble Sound
  • To a Dead Poet

Sor Juana Inez de la Cruz

  •  To Her Self-Portrait

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

  •  Dejection: An Ode
  •  Rime of the Ancient Mariner

Hart Crane

  • At Melville’s Tomb
  • My Grandmother’s Love Letters
  • Repose of Rivers
  • The Broken Tower
  • The Marriage of Faustus and Helen
  • The Bridge
  • Sunday Morning Apples

Emily Dickinson

  •  “A bird came down the walk…“
  •  “After a great pain, a formal feeling comes…”
  •  “Because that you are going…”
  •  “Before I got my eye out out…”
  • “I cannot dance upon my Toes…”
  •  “Success is counted sweetest…”
  • “The Saddest Noise, The Sweetest Noise…”
  • “The Tint I cannot take – is best…”
  • “To be forgot by thee…”

John Donne

  • A Nocturnal Upon St. Lucy’s Day, Being the Shortest
  • A Valediction: of the Book
  • Divine Poem 14
  •  Hymn to God, My God, in My Sickness
  •  No Man is an Island
  • Song: Go and catch a falling star
  • To his Mistress Going to Bed
  •  The Ecstasy
  • The Flea

Gunnar Ekelöf

  • En verklighet (drömd)
  • Eufori
  • Höstsejd
  • Tag och skriv

T.S. Eliot

  • La Figlia Che Piange
  • Portrait of a Lady
  • The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock
  • The Waste Land

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

  •  Promethius
  • Wandrers Nachtlied

Luis de Góngora

  • Clear Honor of the Liquid Element
  • Let Me Go Warm

Thomas Hardy

  • A Broken Appointment
  • Afterwards
  • At Castle Boterel
  • At the Pyramid of Cestius Near the Graves of Shelley and Keats
  • Moments of Vision
  • Neutral Tones
  • The Convergence of the Twain
  • The Darkling Thrush

George Herbert

  • Church Monuments
  • Love (III)
  • The Flower

José Maria de Hérédia

  • Anthony and Cleopatra
  • Death of the Eagle
  • Life of the Dead

Miguel Hernandez

  • Elegy for Ramón Sijé
  • The Soldier and the Snow

Geoffrey Hill

  • Ovid in the Third Reich
  • September Song

Gerald Manley Hopkins

  • The Lantern out of Doors

Victor Hugo

  • To the One Who Stayed in France

Friedrich Hölderlin

  • Brod und Wein
  • Patmos

Ben Jonson

  • Song: to Celia
  • To the Memory of My Beloved, the Author Mr. William Shakespeare

John Keats

  • Bright Star
  • Endymion
  • Ode on a Grecian Urn
  • Ode to a Nightingale
  • Ode to Autumn
  • On First Looking into Chapman’s Homer
  • On Sitting Down to Read King Lear Once Again
  • This Living Hand

Phillip Larkin

  • Church Going
  • Going Going
  • High Windows

D.H. Lawrence

  • Bavarian Gentians
  • Piano
  • Shadows
  • Snake
  • Tortoise Shout

Giacomo Leopardi

  • The Infinite
  • To His Lady

Federico García Lorca

  • Preciosa and the Wind
  • Romance of the Civil Guard of Spain
  • Saint Gabriel
  • Saint Raphael
  • Somnambulist’s Ballad

Andrew Marvell

  • Bermudas
  • The Garden
  • To His Coy Mistress

Vladimir Mayakovsky

  • Brooklyn Bridge
  • My Soviet Passport

John Milton

  • Lycidas
  • Paradise Lost

Eugenio Montale

  • “Bring me a sunflower, that it might grow…”

Pablo Neruda

  • The Heights of Macchu Picchu

Wilfred Owen

  • Anthem for Doomed Youth
  • Dulce Et decorum est
  • Insensibility
  • Strange Meeting

Pier Paolo Pasolini

  • Polemic in Verse
  • Religion of My Time
  • Serata Romana
  • The Ashes of Gramsci

Fernado Pessoa

  • Triumphal Ode

Francesco Petrarca

  • Chiare, fresche
  • Love

Francisco de Quevedo

  • At Christopher Columbus’ tomb, a piece of the ship that discoered the New World speaks
  • On Lisi’s Golden Hair

Arthur Rimbaud

  • The Drunken Boat
  • The Hands of Jean-Marie

Rainer Maria Rilke

  • The Duino Elegies
  •  Sonnets to Orpheus

Pierre de Ronsard

  • Corinna in Vendome
  • Sonnets to Helen, I

Christina Rossetti

  • A Birthday
  • Goblin Market
  • Remember
  • Song

Kenneth Slessor

  •   Five Bells

William Shakespeare

  • Sonnet 18
  • Sonnet 20
  • Sonnet 29
  • Sonnet 64
  • Sonnet 65
  • Sonnet 81
  • Sonnet 119
  • Sonnet 129
  • Sonnet 130
  • Sonnet 138
  • Sonnet 147
  • Sonnet 151

Percy Bysshe Shelley

  • Lines Written in the Bay of Lerici
  • Hymn to Intellectual Beauty
  •  Mont Blanc
  • Ode to the West Wind
  • The Triumph of Life
  • With a Guitar, To Jane

Edmund Spenser

  • Epithalamion

Gaspara Stampa

  • Rime 104

Wallace Stevens

  • Anecdote of the Jar
  •  Domination of Black
  • Of Mere Being
  • Peter Quince at the Clavier
  • Sunday Morning
  • Tea at the Palaz of Hoon
  • The Auroras of Autumn
  • The Emperor of Ice-Cream
  • The Idea of Order at Key West
  • The Man whose Pharynx was bad
  • The Snow Man
  • Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird

Alfred, Lord Tennyson

  •  In Memoriam A.H.H
  • Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal
  • Tears, Idle Tears
  • The Eagle

Tomas Transströmer

  • Carillon
  • Elegi
  • Nocturne
  • Ostinato
  • Preludium
  • Svenska hus ensligt belägna
  • Sång
  • Östersjöar (Baltics)

Paul Valery

  • Graveyard by the Sea
  • Palme
  • The Youngest of the Fates

Garcilaso de la Vega

  • Sonnet XXIII

Francois Villon

  • Villon’s Epitaph (Ballad of the Hanged Men)


  • Poem upon the Lisbon Disaster: or, an Inquiry into the Adage, “All is for the Best

Walt Whitman

  • As I Ebb’d With the Ocean of Life
  • Dalliance of the Eagles
  • Night on the Praries
  • Song of Myself
  • When Liliac Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d

William Wordsworth

  • Ode: Intimations of Immortality
  • Resolution and Independence
  • Surprised by Joy
  • Tintern Abbey

William Butler Yeats

  • Byzantium
  • Easter 1916
  • Leda and the Swan
  • For Anne Gregory
  • Sailing to Byzantium
  • The Second Coming