Welcome to The Once Lost Wanderer. The name is derived from two poems: Amazing Grace by reformed slave trader John Newton, and All That is Gold Does Not Glitter by J.R.R. Tolkien.


Obviously, this is not a list of books or titles, but of poets published in various collections and titles. For each author I’ll attempt to find their most emblematic or acclaimed collection. I’m open to suggestions on that point.

I haven't started on this list yet. Works I've read and reviewed will by identified by orange hyperlink.

Walt Whitman
Charles Baudelaire
Emily Dickinson
William Butler Yeats
Wallace Stevens
Robert Frost
Dylan Thomas
Giacomo Leopardi
John Keats
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Rainer Maria Rilke
William Blake
W. H. Auden
William Wordsworth
François Villon
T. S. Eliot
Federico García Lorca
Lord Byron
Edward FitzGerald
Stéphane Mallarmé
Gottfried von Strassburg
John Donne
Derek Walcott
Guillaume Apollinaire
Allen Ginsberg
Comte de Lautréamont
Percy Bysshe Shelley
Paul Verlaine
Edna St. Vincent Millay
Pierre Ronsard
Jalal al-Din Muhammad Rumi
Paul Celan
Robert Browning
Friedrich Hölderlin
Eugenio Montale
Wolfram Eschenbach
John Milton
Cesare Pavese
Elizabeth Bishop
William Carlos Williams
Alfred de Vigny
Paul Valéry
Hector Viel Temperley
Antonion Machado
Jaime Gil de Biedma
Pablo Neruda
César Vallejo
Philip Larkin
Luis de Góngora
Julián Olivares
Luis Cernuda
Tristan Corbière
Victor Hugo
Jean de la Croix
Wilfred Owen
Simon Armitage
Alfred Lord Tennyson
Galway Kinnell
Dezső Kosztolányi
Guillaume de Lorris
Jorge Luis Borges
The Book of Songs (China)
Ezra Pound
Nils Ferlin
Harry Martinson
Erik Lindegren
Theodore Roethke
Emily Brontë
Hart Crane
A. E. Housman
Andrew Marvell
Langston Hughes
Matsuo Bashō
Christina Georgina Rossetti
Rudyard Kipling
Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Gabriela Mistral
Hilda Doolittle
Kahlil Gibran
Alexander Pushkin
Lewis Carroll
Edgar Lee Masters
Edward Lear
George Peele
Leigh Hunt
Arthur Rimbaud
Alexander Pope
Lyn Hejinian
Frank O'Hara
John Ashbery
Kenneth Koch
Czesław Miłosz
Ingeborg Bachmann
Margaret Atwood
Fernando Pessoa
Rita Dove
Marianne Moore
Audre Lorde
Adrienne Rich
Jacques Prévert
Carol Ann Duffy
Alice Oswald
Paul Éluard
Neil Astley
Christopher Logue
Michael Donaghy
René Char
Seamus Heaney
Bernardine Evaristo
Saint-John Perse
Mick Imlah
Ted Hughes
Douglas Dunn
Don Paterson
Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer
Vikram Seth


  1. This is a very long list. Just start with Kipling and Tennyson as most of the others pale by comparison. Keats is very evocative as well. No Shakespeare? His sonnets are marvels even though most were not written for a woman.

    1. Thanks for the recs. Yeah this list is just a giant TBR. I will not get to them all in my lifetime. I have an entire separate page for Shakespeare. That, I might be able to get through.


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