Thinking about this led me to wonder what makes us love a particular poem so much we return to it year after year, just to hear the words play across our lips. Is it the visuals, the sounds or the meaning that resonate… or a combination of all the elements?
During my digging, I stumbled across the Favorite Poem Project, a collection of 50 short video documentaries showcases individual Americans reading and speaking personally about poems they love. The videos have been regular features on PBS’s NewsHour with Jim Lehrer and are a permanent part of the Library of Congress archive of recorded poetry and literature.
During the one-year open call for submissions, 18,000 Americans wrote to the project volunteering to share their favorite poems — Americans from ages 5 to 97, from every state, representing a range of occupations, kinds of education, and backgrounds. You can see some of those videos here.
So my question is, what is YOUR favorite poem, and why?