T.S Eliot has said, “Genuine poetry can communicate before it is understood.” It is true, as poetry expresses what’s so often hard to comprehend and articulate. A good poetry can move a person deeply. With that in mind, here are 7 best poetry collections you should read.

The Collected Poems by Sylvia Plath

7 Best Poetry Collections
7 Best Poetry Collections (Book 1)

The Collected Poems by Sylvia Plath were published nearly 20 years after her death by her husband Ted Hughes, in 1981. Plath received posthumous Pulitzer Prize for POetry in 1982 for The Collected Poems. The collection garnered worldwide acclaim. The Collected Poems collection shows the poet’s brilliant talent and the poems are provoking, and always moving poems.

The Complete Poems Of Emily Dickinson by Emily Dickinson

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7 Best Poetry Collections (Book 2)

Only eleven of Emily Dickinson’s poems were published prior to her death in 1886. Early posthumously published collections were heavily edited versions of the poems and did not accurately represent Dickinson’s bold experiments in prosody, her tragic vision, and the range of her intellectual and emotional explorations. That was until 1955, when The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson was published. It is a three-volume edition compiled by Thomas H. Johnson. Because of The Completed Poems of Emily Dickinson readers will get to understand, and appreciate the whole of Dickinson’s exceptional poetic genius.

Milk And Honey by Rupi Kaur

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7 Best Poetry Collections (Book 3)

Milk and Honey is the debut collection of poetry by Rupi Kaur. She self-published this book in 2014. Milk and honey is a collection of poems and prose about survival. The book is split into four chapters and each chapter serves a different purpose. The poetry is about the experience of violence, abuse, love, loss, and femininity. It deals with pain and heartache.

Pillow Thoughts by Courtney Peppernell

7 Best Poetry Collections (Book 4)

Pillow Thoughts by Courtney Peppernell is a collection of poetry and prose about heartbreak, love and raw emotions. It is a touching book that has something for all readers. The book is divided into various sections so it has prose and poetry for every mood. Pillow Thoughts is part of a four book series of poetry.

Leaves Of Grass by Walt Whitman

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7 Best Poetry Collections (Book 5)

Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman is considered a collection of essentially American poems. It is an influential work of the nineteenth century. Walt Whitman writes poems with fluidity. The poems in this collection are considered timeless. The collection was originally published in 1855, however, over the centuries the collection had been re-printed in various editions. Each poem in Leaves of Grass loosely represents Walt Whitman’s philosophy of life and humanity.

The Sun And Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur

(Book 6)

The Sun and Her Flowers is a second collection of poetry by Rupi Kaur.The collection is about a vivid and exceptional journey about growth and healing, honoring one’s roots and rising up to find a home within yourself. The collection is divided into five chapters and illustrated by Kaur herself. The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur is a celebration of love in all its forms.

Catalog Of Unabashed Gratitude by Ross Gay

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(Book 7)

Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude by Ross Gay is about the things that go away such as the loved ones, the seasons, and the earth as we know it. The book studies the wisdom of places such as gardens and orchards, where all death, sorrow, and loss are converted into what might nourish us with patience. The collection takes an emotional look at the way people process loss and live with sadness. Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude by Ross Gay is an inspirational collection that will give readers hope even in the darkest situations.

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