• Well, any answer has to be pretty subjective, but my vote would be for Walt Whitman.
  • walt whitman, and he was such a romantic
  • Robert Frost, a Califonia native, was an awesome poet and his "Road not taken" is, in my opinion, his greatest work. VGQ+++ -Buddy
  • There are many wonderful American poets, living and dead. For some modern poets, Jim Harrison, Ted Kooser, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Mark Strand, among others deserve honorable mentions. For poets who are now dead, Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, Theodore Roethke, Robert Frost, Wallace Stevens, etc. It is best to immerse oneself in as many great poets as possible, I think.
  • I also vote for Robert Frost, but my favorite is "Choose Something Like a Star" O Star (the fairest one in sight), We grant your loftiness the right To some obscurity of cloud -- It will not do to say of night, Since dark is what brings out your light. Some mystery becomes the proud. But to be wholly taciturn In your reserve is not allowed. Say something to us we can learn By heart and when alone repeat. Say something! And it says "I burn." But say with what degree of heat. Talk Fahrenheit, talk Centigrade. Use language we can comprehend. Tell us what elements you blend. It gives us strangely little aid, But does tell something in the end. And steadfast as Keats' Eremite, Not even stooping from its sphere, It asks a little of us here. It asks of us a certain height. So when at times the mob is swayed To carry praise or blame too far, We may choose something like a star To stay our minds on and be staid
  • I quite like Wallace Stevens... but my knowledge of American poets is quite slim. (And I think of Sylvia Plath as essentially a British poet... she was part of the British scene of the time.)
  • I am and why not.
  • Bob Dylan. "There must be some way out of here," said the joker to the thief, "There's too much confusion, I can't get no relief. Businessmen, they drink my wine, plowmen dig my earth, None of them along the line know what any of it is worth." "No reason to get excited," the thief, he kindly spoke, "There are many here among us who feel that life is but a joke. But you and I, we've been through that, and this is not our fate, So let us not talk falsely now, the hour is getting late." All along the watchtower, princes kept the view While all the women came and went, barefoot servants, too. Outside in the distance a wildcat did growl, Two riders were approaching, the wind began to howl.
  • Here are the greats, in my book: Emily Dickinson (#1, no question) Walt Whitman e. e. cummings Ezra Pound T.S. Elliot (The last two I kinda don't know whether to count as american, I think they were expatriates for most of their careers. If we're talking favorites, I'd mention William Carlos Williams, Edna St. Vincent Milay, Dorothy Parker, Anne Sexton, Allan Ginsberg, or Langston Hughes for those two spots.)
  • There are many, but I have to say I am partial to Sylvia Plath and anne sexton.
  • Miguel Pinero and Edgar Allan Poe.
  • The Bannibal One. Google him.

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