In honor of National Poetry Day (which happens to be March 21st - go figure), I have crafted a puzzle which I hope will do a small bit of justice to this day.
Carefully hidden in the four sections below (which may or may not be related) are the names of five of my favorite poets (admittedly, I have more than five). Some of the verse quoted below comes from well-known poets - but note that any author whose work appears in this puzzle is not one of the final five poets.
We should have a land of sun,
Of gorgeous sun,
And a land of fragrant water
But limped on, blood-shod. All went lame; all blind;
Drunk with fatigue; deaf even to the hoots 5
Of tired, outstripped Five-Nines that dropped behind.
Wast present, and, with mighty wings outspread,
Dove-like sat'st brooding on the vast Abyss,
And mad'st it pregnant: what in me is dark
Pouring as wide a flood10
As when my brothers long ago,
Came with me to the wood.
As traceless as a thaw of bygone snow;
It seemed to mean so little, meant so much;
If only now I could recall that touch.15
Ole pal Grenada
My prefix is shiny and precious.
My infix is archaically long ago.
My suffix contains German beer.
I heard of something ending once,
So I wrote about it, of course!
Some pretty big hints were here the whole time. I bet you never even saw them. Literally did not see them. Hmmm...
Again, the final answer is the names of five prominent poets. A complete answer is required for the checkmark (although partials are fine, as long as they are significant).