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Poem Search

  1. Sep 14, 2004 #1
    Hi Everyone,

    Most of you should know me by now so no introduction. I am 'The Bob'.

    Anyway to the point. I heard this poem on the radio a while ago and I did not listen to the beginning, when the presenter said what it was called. Therefore I do not know the name of the poem.

    This is where I hope you can help. All I know about the poem is that it is about a person's grave stone. It talks about the years, marked on the stone, and then (the main part of the poem) is about the dash in the middle and how it is significant only to the people who knew that person.

    I was wondering if anyone knew what the poem was called and who it was by so I can find it and keep it. It means a fair bit to me and I wish I knew what it was.

    Anyway I hope you can help. :smile:

    The Bob (2004 ©)
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  3. Sep 14, 2004 #2
    Is that the one which says how he was a good guy and he paid all tacks(watch bugs take history class) and never got into trouble,it asks whether the person was satisfied or not was not the responsibility of the govt??
    I learnt that at school.
  4. Sep 14, 2004 #3
    I don't remember that bit but if you could name that please then I could look it up and see if it is the one or not.


    The Bob (2004 ©)
  5. Sep 14, 2004 #4


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    This is just a shot in the dark, but your poem might be from Spoon River Anthology by Edgar Lee Masters. That's a collection of poems about the people of some fictitious town, with a poem for each person-- and each poem is about their epitaphs.
  6. Sep 15, 2004 #5
    Thanks Hypnagogue but it isn't the one I am looking for. The poem I am after is not about anyone inparticular. It talks about the dash on the gravestone and how it means so much to a few people and that others just ignore it.

    Thanks for the help again. Please keep trying because I don't know where to look.

    The Bob (2004 ©)
  7. Sep 15, 2004 #6
    If the poem you heard was in a humerous vein it may be
    'Unknown Citizen' by 'Ogden Nash'
  8. Sep 15, 2004 #7
    No, it was serious, but I will look that one up anyway.

    The Bob (2004 ©)
  9. Sep 15, 2004 #8
    The Poem is all about the dash in between the years on the gravestone. he main thing the poem talks about is the dash.

    The Bob (2004 ©)
  10. Sep 15, 2004 #9

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  11. Sep 15, 2004 #10
    Maths, I love you. :biggrin: That is the exact poem I was looking for. :smile: You will not believe how pleased and relieved I am to have found it. I am in your debt. Ask of something and I will try my best to provide. :biggrin:

    Thanks to everyone for looking for me and helping and thanks to Maths for actually finding it. :biggrin:

    The Bob (2004 ©)
  12. Sep 16, 2004 #11
    Aww, that's such a nice poem. :biggrin:

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  13. Sep 16, 2004 #12
    I know. That is why I wanted it so bad and why it means so much to me.

    The Bob (2004 ©)
  14. Sep 16, 2004 #13

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    I remembered that poem because several people have emailed it to me. It seems to have gotten into a kind of circulation on the internet.
    It is a very nice poem, though.
  15. Sep 16, 2004 #14
    Well thanks again. You will not believe how annoyed I was because I couldn't find it. A good 4 months has pasted and I get help in finding it. Thanks. :smile:

    The Bob (2004 ©)
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