And here it is, as promised, the list of each participant and their four poems, (the ones I've received, at any rate). A full list of declared participants can be found on my side bar. Once we get to posting day - I will link each list to that blogger's posting of his or her poems.
pre-1900: Paradise Lost by Milton
1900 - 2000: a pick from Adam Zagajewski's Without End
2000-2007: a pick from Talking Dirty to the Gods - Yusef Komunyakaa
From any period: Persephone the Wanderer by Louise Glück
Before 1900: “And did those feet in ancient time” by William Blake — 1804
1900-2000: “Les Feuilles Mortes” by Jacques Prévert
2000-2007: “We Gather” by Nikki Giovanni — 2007
A poem I find mysterious: “Jabberwocky” by Lewis Carroll — 1871
Before 1900: The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam (translated by Edward Fitzgerald), written 11th or 12th century.
1900-2000: 'The Force That Through the Green Fuse Drives the Flower' by Dylan Thomas - 1933
2000-2007: 'Cactus' by Siobhan Harvey (one for Australia!) - 2007.
Lastly, 'Waiting for the Barbarians' by Constantine Cavafy, mysterious to me as it's captured the inspiration of some of my favourite writers, yet I have never read it - 1904.
Before 1900: Paradise Lost - by John Milton. I read it when I was a junior in high school, for English - and I can honestly say that that doesnt' count. I need to read it in its entirety again.
1900 - 2000: To Brooklyn Bridge - by Hart Crane
2000 - 2007: Anahorish 1944 - by Seamus Heaney
Poem I find mysterious: Sailing to Byzantium - WB Yeats
Pre-1900: Song of Myself from Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman - 1855
1900-2000: The Man with the Blue Guitar by Wallace Stevens - 1937
2000-2007: Twenty-Seven Props for a Production of Eine Lebenszeit
by Timothy Donnelly - 2001-2003
Mysterious: The Book of Questions by Pablo Neruda - 1973
Loose Baggy Monster:
Pre-1900: Dante's "Inferno"
1900-2000: Something by Osip Mandelstam (perhaps "To the German Language"-1932)
2000-2007: "Early Hour" by Wislawa Szymborska-2006.
Any period: "For My Enemies" by Boris Pasternak
Before 1900: Blake's Songs of Innocence and Experience (I'm reading the whole collection, but I'll choose one poem from each part to post)
1900-2000: Yevgeny Yevtushenko, "Tomorrow's Wind" (1977) (I *love* Russian poetry, but I usually read the older stuff)
2000-2007: "Reading the Entrails: a Rondel" by Neil Gaiman (I'm awful about modern poetry, but I like this poem and it's short)
Other: Sylvia Plath's "Daddy" (I chose it because 1) I've always had a problem w/ Plath for committing suicide and 2) the poem itself is quite disturbing, but also haunting and powerful)