In college I was lucky enough to have the experience of a lifetime taking a lyric poetry class with the russian poet joseph brodsky. He made us memorize a poem every week. Carrying around these poems for 20 years they've become my best and oldest friends
  1. Convergence of the Twain by Thomas Hardy
  2. Patrick Spens by anonymous
  3. Lycidas by John Milton
  4. The Darkling Thrush by Thomas Hardy
  5. Sailing to Byzantium by WB Yeats
  6. Desert Places by Robert Frost
  7. Provide Provide by Robert Frost
  8. The Mending Wall by Robert Frost
  9. September 1, 1939 by WH Auden
  10. Parts of The Sea and The Mirror by WH Auden
  11. In Memory of WB Yeats by Wh Auden
  12. Elegy of Fortinbras by Zbignew Herbert
  13. The Gods Abandon Anthony by Cp Cavafy
  14. A Tocatta of Gallupi by Robert Browning
  15. Richard Iii's opening soliloquy
  16. Ode on Intimation of Immortality by William Blake
  17. When I Have Fears I May Cease to Be by John Keats
  18. An Irish Airman Forsees His Death by WB Yeats