Aged 14-19 I studied English Literature with vigour, even volunteering in classes with younger students. I was roundly convinced I would be an English teacher. Though this ambition changed, my love of literature and poetry never did.
Here are 20 poems that I have carried with me for over a decade and a half. Most of my heart keeps up with the 33 year old that I am, but I believe there must be a tiny bit of the adolescent within me. Why else would these works leave me as breathless as they did 17 years ago?
20 poems I carry in my heart
I’d love to know which poems are special to you! Let me know in comments if there’s anything I should look out for, old or new.