Poetry in English

Hello dear language learners! I shared some poetry in English. Can anybody give me advice about philosopher English poems? Maybe there are some classic ones. I’ll be glad to discover new authors.


John Donne was one of a number of 17th Century poets that later ages came to call Metaphysical Poets. Donne wrote a number of other poems that are “famous” (“famous” only if you know 17th Century British poetry, of course). Another Metaphysical Poet named Andrew Marvell wrote another famous poem called “To his Coy Mistress.”

You can find the term “Metaphysical Poets” in Wikipedia, where you will find a list of the poets. From there you can look up the poets and find some of their poems online. You can almost certainly find their famous poems in any good anthology of British poetry. If you live in a large city, you probably can find a translation or two of such an anthology in your city library, perhaps even a copy in English.

You can also check out the website Poetry Soup (Page Not Found), which has some of the poems of the metaphysicals.

I’ve now told you all I know—perhaps even more than I know—but feel free to ask if you have other questions about this topic.

Or you could go in another direction and find more modern poems.

donhamiltontx (I’m sorry but I don’t know your name),
thanks a lot for your detailed response to my question. This topic is very interesting for me and I will search more information about Metaphysical Poets on the Internet.
One of my favorite Russians poets is Joseph Brodsky made his first steps in literature as a translator of John Donne poems to Russian language. That is the reason why I want to understand what about Donne wrote.
By the way Brodsky was a Nobel Prize winner in 1987. He wrote some poems in English also.

I’m glad I could be of help, Daniel. Thank you for the information about Donne and Joseph Brodsky. I would think turning Donne’s poems into Russian is difficult.

By the way, the poem you imported was not originally a poem. Here is information about that: (For whom the bell tolls a poem by John Donne).

You may know that “For Whom the Bell Tolls” is the name of a novel (1940) by the American Ernest Hemingway, which in turn was made into a movie (1943) starring Gary Cooper and Ingrid Bergman. Hemingway took the title from Donne’s poem. The novel, Hemingway, the movie, Gary Cooper and Ingrid Bergman used to be famous, but I don’t know how many people nowadays have ever heard of them.

And my name is Don.