Poetry Please: The 10 most popular poems

Here are the top 10 on Poetry Please, the 10 most popular poems on the longest running poetry programme broadcast anywhere in the world, according to the BBC. Started in 1979, the BBC 4 programme presents poems requested by listeners. It reaches two million listeners a week. The top 10 list is from the book, Poetry Please. The poet Roger McGough, who presents the weekly programme, says in his foreword to the book: “The 350 poems here have all been asked for more than once in the programme’s history…” The top 10 includes some of my own favourites. (See also Selected Poems)



Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
By Robert Frost

Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.

My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.

He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound’s the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.

The woods are lovely, dark and deep.
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.

Stopping by Woods on a Snowhttps://readiscovery.wordpress.com/poems/stopping-by-woods-on-a-snowy-eveningy Evening by Robert Frost

How Do I Love Thee? Let Me Count thhttps://readiscovery.wordpress.com/poems/how-do-i-love-thee-let-me-count-the-wayse Ways by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Adlestrop by Edward Thomas

Fern Hill by Dylan Thomas

The Darkling Thrush by Thomhttps://readiscovery.wordpress.com/poems/the-darkling-thrushas Hardy

Dover Beach by Matthew Arnold

Sonnet 116 by William Shakhttps://readiscovery.wordpress.com/poems/sonnet-116/espeare

The Listeners by Walthttps://readiscovery.wordpress.com/poems/the-listenerser de la Mare

 Remember by Christina Rossetti

 To His Coy Mistress by Andrew Mhttps://readiscovery.wordpress.com/poems/to-his-coy-mistress/arvell

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