What Is America’s Favorite Poem?

To mark the publication of the third edition of The Oxford Book of American Poetry, they’re running a poll for “America’s Favorite Poem”, and so far T.S Eliot’s “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” is beating out Robert Frost’s “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening.” Come on, poetry fans: Are we going to let some monarchy-loving expatriate represent the best-loved American verse? I should think not!

Weird Wallace Stevens choice, though: “Sunday Morning,” not “Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird”? And where’s John Greenleaf Whitter?

24 April 2006 | poetry |