Of course we all know these best-of-lists are nonsense, but Literary Hub‘s “The 32 Most Iconic Poems in the English Language” does provide an occasion to read a variety of poems which, although we may not have known that all of them were icons, are at least all well worth (re)visiting.

Iconic isn’t really the mot juste is it? The religious overtones are just too salient. I doubt if any of the poets selected would be entirely at ease with the idea of their being worshipped. One of the poems I wasn’t familiar with, by Paul Laurence Dunbar, “We wear the mask” has an all too topical title. Perhaps someone might post this short poem on White House notice boards.