100 Favorite English and Irish Poems - Clarence C. Strowbridge Great compilation, going from the the Late Middle Ages to the 1950s. I love the way how the chronological arrangement of the poems allow you to see the development of English poetry (it's got a couple of Irish, Scottish and Welsh writers too, but very few). Every poems has a few lines describing the most important aspect of the authors and the name of the era they belong to. A very digestible introduction to English poetry.