The 10 Best First Lines in Poems

The 10 Best First Lines in Poems

A poem’s first line just like a song’s or a great book’s can hook you for life. These are in my opinion the best ten lines from some of my favorite poems and I have to admit I have many. Poemattic will provide the titles and authors in the next post.

 
What is the best first line in a poem that you have read?

Do you know the titles of the poems these first lines are from?

I
Hold fast to dreams
The art of losing isn’t hard to master;
Oh mother, mother, where is happiness?
II
I know what the caged bird feels, alas!
If I could catch the green lantern of the firefly I could see to write you a letter.
How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
III
Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul,
I woke up real early to write about death, but
Do not go gentle into that good night

Melba Christie

 

 

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3 Comments

  1. A couple of my favorites:
    “Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence.” from Desiderata
    “Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary.” from The Raven

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