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Who is your favorite poet?

  1. Aug 11, 2011 #1

    SixNein

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    I pretty fond of Silvia Plath.

     
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  3. Aug 11, 2011 #2

    Dembadon

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    Billy Collins!
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    "Victoria's Secret"

    by Billy Collins

    The one in the upper-left-hand corner
    is giving me a look
    that says I know you are here
    and I have nothing better to do
    for the remainder of human time
    than return your persistent but engaging stare.
    She is wearing a deeply scalloped
    flame-stitch halter top
    with padded push-up styling
    and easy side-zip tap pants.

    The one on the facing page, however,
    who looks at me over her bare shoulder,
    cannot hide the shadow of annoyance in her brow.
    You have interrupted me,
    she seems to be saying,
    with your coughing and your loud music.
    Now please leave me alone;
    let me finish whatever it was I was doing
    in my organza-trimmed
    whisperweight camisole with
    keyhole closure and point d'esprit mesh back.

    Continued here: http://www.class.uidaho.edu/cae_core/Links/CollinsVictoria.htm
     
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  4. Aug 11, 2011 #3
    That's an amazing and very disturbing poem.
     
  5. Aug 11, 2011 #4
    William Carlos Williams.

    He was also a doctor who brought about a thousand babies into the world.
     
  6. Aug 11, 2011 #5

    Evo

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    A couple of my favorites

    Richard Brautigan

    Haiku Ambulance

    A piece of green pepper
    fell
    off the wooden salad bowl:
    so what

    http://www.poemhunter.com/richard-brautigan/poems/

    And

    "This is my beloved"
    Walter Benton

    continued...

    http://members.shaw.ca/vintage41/beloved/benton.html

    And

    Sudden Light

    Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828-1882)

    Sudden Light


    I HAVE been here before,
    But when or how I cannot tell:
    I know the grass beyond the door,
    The sweet keen smell,
    The sighing sound, the lights around the shore.

    http://www.potw.org/archive/potw52.html
     
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  7. Aug 11, 2011 #6

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    Too many favorites, though most of them are from the English Romantic movement. Here's one by Shelley:

    The Cloud

    I bring fresh showers for the thirsting flowers,
    From the seas and the streams;
    I bear light shade for the leaves when laid
    In their noonday dreams.
    From my wings are shaken the dews that waken
    The sweet buds every one,
    When rocked to rest on their mother's breast,
    As she dances about the sun.
    I wield the flail of the lashing hail,
    And whiten the green plains under,
    And then again I dissolve it in rain,
    And laugh as I pass in thunder. (snip)

    http://www.english.upenn.edu/Projects/knarf/PShelley/cloud.html
     
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  8. Aug 11, 2011 #7

    phinds

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    Lots of favorites. Wallace Stevens is one. Here are a couple of stanzas from Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird:

    V
    I do not know which to prefer,
    The beauty of inflections
    Or the beauty of innuendos,
    The blackbird whistling
    Or just after.



    X
    At the sight of blackbirds
    Flying in a green light,
    Even the bawds of euphony
    Would cry out sharply.
     
  9. Aug 11, 2011 #8

    Evo

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    Just a caution, if the poem is not in the public domain, just paste a stanza and link to it. Even if it is in the public domain, if it is a lengthy poem, perhaps post a few stanzas and link to the rest so people don't have to keep scrolling.

    If you have not checked and know for a fact that something is not under copyright, just link to it. If I have to check for copyright and it is, you will receive an infraction. Just err on the side of caution.

    Thanks everyone!
     
  10. Aug 11, 2011 #9

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    Now is the winter of our discontent, where the darling boys of May hold hands against a sea of troubles, and by opposing, end them.
    Ay, that's the rub, or as you like it, a comedy of errors.
    :smile:
     
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  11. Aug 11, 2011 #10
    I have never run across this poem. Clearly he was describing a Deja Vu.
     
  12. Aug 11, 2011 #11
    A man, young in flesh and bone and sinew, there was from Nantucket.
    Whose all in all was vast like unto a bucket.
    A king of infinite space, it was such
    that the lady doth protest too much

    I can't finish the poem, I think it's still under copyright.
     
  13. Aug 11, 2011 #12

    SixNein

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    Here is a classic:
    "[URL [Broken]
    Let Evening Come by - Jane Kenyon[/URL]

    Unfortunately, I couldn't find a youtube video of her reading this poem. =/

    I did manage to find someone singing it through:

     
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  14. Aug 11, 2011 #13

    SixNein

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    Just a note: If the author is remotely modern, see if you can find a youtube video of the author reading the poem.
     
  15. Aug 11, 2011 #14

    turbo

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    I think I can find a poetry slam of Shelley, Coleridge, Keats, and Byron all together on YouTube. No Robert Burns, though. He was notoriously camera-shy.
     
  16. Aug 11, 2011 #15

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    Don McLean

    I like singing poets best.
     
  17. Aug 11, 2011 #16

    SixNein

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    Ann Sexton reads wanting to die
     
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    fluidistic

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    Guillaume Appollinaire and then Arthur Rimbaud.
     
  20. Aug 11, 2011 #19

    SixNein

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    I like this =)
     
  21. Aug 11, 2011 #20

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