LONG FORM POETRY -- A LIST
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Long Form Poems: A List:
The intent here is simply to be a place to collect titles. Long-form poetry has been an interest of mine for many years; it might be argued that it is my primary interesting in literature. Though, I would expand the field to be "long form aesthetic works," of which there is a list begun in the Literature file (here).
Now there is an issue of what constitutes a long-form work. The Waste Land is considered a long poem, though it runs between only sixteen to twenty pages in most printings. And then I have a single volume edition of Hollander's "Head of the Bed," which is only thirteen stanzas (and thirteen pages) long. So minimum length is tricky: in many ways the nature of the poem — and how it is perceived — speaks to whether it might fall into a long form category. A work made out of a process that is rather automatic, something like Cage's "Walking Through" experiments, can be book length, but really the first page speaks for the whole, and I will generally leave such things out. Also, there is an issue of whether it is a book-length work or is it merely a book-length collection of small works on the same topic. I will tend to leave out things that look like the latter. There is also the difference between a poem that is merely long and work that is poetic, but does not necessarily fit either the notion of singular, long poem nor the notion of a collection of poems. That distinction is not present in the lists below. I also include "novels-in-verse" (taking it in the broadest sense), and many are notated as such.
I am not limiting the lists to works in English. It is only happenstance that the lists are now primarily of works of the nineteenth century and later.
Presence in the list is not in any way a statement of quality. For the most part dates are dates of publication, not of composition.
The list below will generate over time. Consider it a holding point. I will add comments as I feel the need. Most of these I have not read. The first body of the list was generated by Liam Guilar in his exploration of long form poems. (His blog: Lady Godiva and Me.) As such, some of these I will take on his word that they fit the list.
I will present the list twice. First by date, then by author.