I only have a few minutes at the start of class to do this, so I can't be goin' into epics or Four Quartets or anything like that. Each class meets 20 times during the term. The first day I gave 'em "Ozymandias," which I can recite from memory. The second day it was Edgar Lee Masters's "Herman Altman," which wasn't ideal, but I wanted to read something about "truth."
So: anyone have any suggestions for poems to read aloud? Sad, insirational, moody, optimistic, whatever. (But not sexy, please -- I'm a male professor, and we can't be giving people opportunities to claim harrassment...) No fair nominating your own stuff, but if you want to nominate your friends' (and I can get their permission), great!