20 Perfect First Lines of Famous Poems-MainPhoto

20 Perfect First Lines of Famous Poems-MainPhoto

UPDATED June 17th, 2017

April 28 is Great Poetry Reading Day. What better way to celebrate some of the most famous poems of all time, and the poets who write them. Even if you don’t know the author or even the names of these poems, we bet you’ll recognize their iconic first lines. But why stop there?

For Great Poetry Reading Day, delve a little deeper and read a poem or two to honor these famous authors:


1. Let us go then you and I

The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, T.S. Eliot
Eliot was writing of the “Everyman,” J. Alfred Prufrock. Over educated, socially stagnant and unable to express his emotions to a potential lover, Prufrock represented modern man. In this poem, Eliot captures existential angst to a tee.