I think if I were to retire from the world and could only take 5 books with me, I would take:
– Collected Shakespeare
– Bottom: On Shakespeare
– The Norton Anthology (Romantics volume)
– Mrs. Dalloway
– SAS Survival Handbook
Even without pencil or paper, I would be perfectly happy, because there are so many ways to make poems that don’t involve writing. I would invent systems of language that no one would need to understand because I would be alone on a desert island. Every gesture and sigh could be a poem, if I said it was.