The poem is a unique blend of words and emotions. Every poem has a story hidden in it. Poems are designed aesthetically for portraying unsaid feelings. Things that can’t get the chance of expression on physical grounds can get an elegant presence on the paper. It is a strenuous task to evaluate. Every poem has its language and can be the best in its genre.
These are the 3 most beautiful poems ever written,
The Road Not Taken- Robert Frost
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves, no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
Meaning- We get a chance to choose a unique road. Every time we have two options, the most traveled one and the less traveled one. The former is easy to choose but, the latter one is difficult to choose.
This poem has been written as a joke for friend Edward Thomas.
They were walking together and took the wrong road. This poem was written casually but, It got numerous interpretations. It highlights the necessity of choosing a unique path and set benchmarks.
We Wear the Mask- Paul Dunbar
We wear the mask that grins and lies,
It hides our cheeks and shades our eyes,—
This debt we pay to human guile;
With torn and bleeding hearts we smile,
And a mouth with myriad subtleties.
Why should the world be over-wise,
In counting all our tears and sighs?
Nay, let them only see us, while
We wear the mask.
We smile, but, O great Christ, our cries
To thee from tortured souls arise.
We sing, but oh the clay is vile
Beneath our feet, and long the mile;
But let the world dream otherwise,
We wear the mask!
Meaning- It is an experience of being black in the 19th century in America. This experience has been expressed on paper. It is a contrast between the verisimilitude of effortless life for black people and the reality of racism. People are wearing a mask of fake emotions and showing delighted faces to the world but, many threatened stories have been galloped by these masks.
Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening- Robert Frost
Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.
My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.
He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound’s the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.
The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.
Meaning- The poem is an interpretation of a writer. The writer is traveling through woods and is getting fascinated by the beauty of nature. Flaky and foggy atmosphere, dark evening, intriguing snowfall, Dark evening isn’t just dark but has become a quiet place. Silence also is one of the best ornaments created by nature. The closing lines have made this poem a masterpiece. Everything attracts us and traps us but, we must keep in mind that, we have miles to go before we sleep. These have various interpretations. Before I sleep highlights the death. Before I sleep also highlights the end of the day.
These poems are inspiring, intriguing, and meaningful in various ways. These poems have been cited at various literary festivals. Poet is an individual who has that collective vision of society. Poet is more or less a monk as he/she can examine the inner nature of everything.