Thomas Salzano – Some Great Poets and Their Poems

Thomas Salzano is a name that is known for his creative writing and inspiring poetry. He is a famous blogger and has written more than 500+ blogs till now on travel, photography, cooking, and poetry.

His blogs have become a medium of information and motivation for all his lovers. Thomas says his inspiration to write comes from all the amazing poetry written by famous poets, irrespective of the style and type of poetry.

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Thomas thought of sharing a few of his favorite poems with us with the intention of inspiring you and sharing with the world poetry of the following famous poets.

Here is a short introduction about the poets and their poems that Thomas would like to share with us:

  • Robert Frost (1874-1963) – “The Road Not Taken”

Robert Frost is an American poet and was born on March 26, 1874, in San Francisco. His poem “My Butterfly” launched his status as a professional poet. His first poetry book was published when he was 40 years of age. Robert  not just earned fame in his later life but also earned “Four Pulitzer Prizes.”

Poem – The Road Not Taken

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves, no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I-
I took one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

About the Poem “ The Road Not Taken”

Thomas Salzano says that this is one of his favorite poems. It a narrative poem. The poem is of four stanzas of five lines each.  The rhyme scheme is “ABAAB.”There are four stressed syllables per line, varying on an iambic tetrameter base.

2) William Shakespeare (1564-1616) – “Sonnet 18”

William Shakespeare is one of the greatest writers in any language. He is regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world’s greatest dramatist. William is also known as England’s national poet and the “Bard of Avon”. Around the year 1562, William began a successful career in London as an actor, writer, and part-owner of a playing company called the Lord Chamberlain’s Men. later known as the King’s Men.

Poem – “Sonnet 18” 

Shall I compare it a summer’s day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate:
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer’s lease hath all too short a date:
Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,
And often is his gold complexion dimmed;
And every fair from fair sometime declines,
By chance, or nature’s changing course, untrimmed;
But thy eternal summer shall not fade
Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow’st;
Nor shall Death brag thou wander’st in his shade,
When in eternal lines to time thou grow’st;
So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.

About – “Sonnet 18”

Thomas says a sonnet is a fourteen-line poem written in iambic pentameter. Basically sonnets are of four types. The first of two major type of sonnet is the Petrarchan sonnet, or the Italian sonnet, which has two stanzas which are the octave and the sestet. The other type is a Shakespearean sonnet, which is divided into three quatrains and a couplet.

3) John Milton (1608 – 1674) – “On His Blindness”

John Milton was an English poet. English, Greek, and Italian were the language in which his poetry was written. His puritan faith and opposition to the Church of England led his involvement in the English Civil War. He is one of the most famous poets of his time and his poetry is praised by all.

Poem – “On His Blindness”

When I consider how my light is spent
Ere half my days in this dark world and wide,
And that one talent which is death to hide
Lodg’d with me useless, though my soul more bent
To serve therewith my Maker, and present
My true account, lest he returning chide,
“Doth God exact day-labour, light denied?”
I fondly ask. But Patience, to prevent
That murmur, soon replies: “God doth not need
Either man’s work or his own gifts: who best
Bear his mild yoke, they serve him best. His state
Is kingly; thousands at his bidding speed
And post o’er land and ocean without rest:
They also serve who only stand and wait.”

About – “On His Blindness”

Thomas says that On His Blindness is a Petrarchan sonnet, a lyric poem with fourteen lines. This is popularized by the Italian priest Petrarch with a rhyme scheme of ABBA, ABBA, CDE, and CDE.

These are the three favorite poets and their poems which are loved by Thomas. He says there are many on the list and he will share their poems soon with you. He says each poet has his own style to express but some poets and their writing style become an inspiration for others.