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PostSubject: What's your favourite poem?   Wed Dec 03, 2008 12:52 am

Mine has always been Jabberwocky by Lewis Carrol. In fact, it's actually written in sharpie on the side of my bookcase. (Furniture is completely unsafe around me; I will steal and spray-paint it. My brother is never getting his desk back, although I think he disapproves of its new dragon design anyway).

I also really like Dylan Thomas' Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night and Samuel Taylor's The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, but Jabberwocky is still tops for me.
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PostSubject: Re: What's your favourite poem?   Wed Dec 03, 2008 12:58 am

I really like Robert Service, but that's probably because my mom read me a great deal of his work when I was little.
I also adore Keats and Tennyson.
I don't know if I can pick just ONE favorite, that's like asking me to choose a favorite star.

Some of my favorites are

The Lady of Shallot-Tennyson
Break, Break, Break-Tennyson
Ode to a Nightengale-Keats
The Charge of the Light Brigade-Tennyson

The poem that lives on the wall of my computer room is "Just Think" by Robert Service

Just think, some night the stars will gleam
upon a cold grey stone,
and trace a name with silver beam
and lo! 'Twill be your own.

That night is speeding onto greet
your epitaphic rhyme
your life is but a little beat
within the heart of time.

A little gain, a little pain
a laugh lest you may moan.
A little blame a little fame
a star gleam on a stone.
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PostSubject: Re: What's your favourite poem?   Wed Dec 03, 2008 1:45 am

I love Jabberwocky!

My favorite poem is T. S. Eliot's "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock."
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PostSubject: Re: What's your favourite poem?   Wed Dec 03, 2008 1:47 am

When we read Jabberwocky in my seventh grade reading class, most of the class complained that they couldn't understand it. That made me want to hit things.

I have just now realised I've never actually read The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock. I will have to correct this immediately!
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PostSubject: Re: What's your favourite poem?   Wed Dec 03, 2008 1:52 am

My favorite poem is The Fury of Rainstorms, by Anne Sexton:
The rain drums down like red ants,
each bouncing off my window.
The ants are in great pain
and they cry out as they hit
as if their little legs were only
stitche don and their heads pasted.
And oh they bring to mind the grave,
so humble, so willing to be beat upon
with its awful lettering and
the body lying underneath
without an umbrella.
Depression is boring, I think
and I would do better to make
some soup and light up the cave.

I also enjoy poems by Lewis Carroll, Marge Piercy, and Robert Frost.

Barbie Doll, by Marge Piercy:
This girlchild was born as usual
and presented dolls that did pee-pee
and miniature GE stoves and irons
and wee lipsticks the color of cherry candy.
Then in the magic of puberty, a classmate said:
You have a great big nose and fat legs.

She was healthy, tested intelligent,
possessed strong arms and back,
abundant sexual drive and manual dexterity.
She went to and fro apologizing.
Everyone saw a fat nose on thick legs.

She was advised to play coy,
exhorted to come on hearty,
exercise, diet, smile and wheedle.
Her good nature wore out
like a fan belt.
So she cut off her nose and her legs
and offered them up.

In the casket displayed on satin she lay
with the undertaker's cosmetics painted on,
a turned-up putty nose,
dressed in a pink and white nightie.
Doesn't she look pretty? everyone said.
Consummation at last.
To every woman a happy ending.


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PostSubject: Re: What's your favourite poem?   Wed Dec 03, 2008 4:17 am

Sadly, I've only recently discovered poetry, so I haven't read much. I've read many of Poe's poems, many of Dickinson's poems, a few by William Bryant, and a few of Robert Frost's, but that isn't much to go off of. So far, my favorites are Fire and Ice by Robert Frost and The Raven by Edgar Allen Poe.
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PostSubject: Re: What's your favourite poem?   Wed Dec 03, 2008 6:12 pm

I've been reading a lot of Edgar Allen Poe's poems and a few of my favorites are The Raven, The Bells, and Annabel Lee. However, i find it hard to read any of his works before I go to bed. It's pretty disturbing stuff, especially the bells. I could just imagine the person going insane. At first, the poem seems to have a calm, light tone but as it went on, the mood got a little dark. I love the Love song of J Alfred Prufrock! It took a while for me to understand it and i had to reread it several times but it just appealed to me.
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PostSubject: Re: What's your favourite poem?   Wed Dec 03, 2008 9:03 pm

I don't actually have a favourite poem... I love Jabberwocky, too, I actually know it by heart because I have read it so often (and it really upset my English professor when I corrected him *g*). And T.S. Eliot's "Preludes". Oh, and William Blake, "Auguries of Innocence". And in general, Percy Shelley, I could spend ages with his poems, they're just so beautiful!
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PostSubject: Re: What's your favourite poem?   Wed Dec 03, 2008 9:07 pm

Touterelle, that poem is so true it almost hurts. There are just so many brilliant women out there, who are not respected if they don't look like Elle McPherson. *sigh* I can see why you like it, it is basically a rant against stupid girls! Smile
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PostSubject: Re: What's your favourite poem?   Wed Dec 03, 2008 9:46 pm

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Touterelle, that poem is so true it almost hurts. There are just so many brilliant women out there, who are not respected if they don't look like Elle McPherson. *sigh* I can see why you like it, it is basically a rant against stupid girls!

It is sad, isn't it? I suppose that's why I like it so much; it speaks to me. Lack of respect based on appearances is ridiculous.

My favorite part:
"Her good nature wore out
like a fan belt."

Not everyone can be Barbie dolls.
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PostSubject: Re: What's your favourite poem?   Fri Dec 05, 2008 9:22 am

I am not into poetry but did learn a long time ago that is Lucy Grey by Wordsworth and I loved that one.
Maybe I should broaden my horizons and get a poetry book - a general one with different authors - any one know of any?

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PostSubject: Re: What's your favourite poem?   Fri Dec 05, 2008 12:16 pm

Here, Lynne: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=poems&x=0&y=0

There's books such as 101 best poems, Ten Poems to change your life, etc. Enjoy! Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: What's your favourite poem?   Fri Dec 05, 2008 12:30 pm

Tourterelle wrote:
Here, Lynne: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=poems&x=0&y=0

There's books such as 101 best poems, Ten Poems to change your life, etc. Enjoy! Very Happy

Excellent will have a look on the Uk site and add it to my Wish List then email it to my husband!
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PostSubject: Re: What's your favourite poem?   Sun Dec 07, 2008 6:49 am

There is no Frigate like a Book
To take us Lands away,
Nor any Coursers like a Page
Of prancing Poetry –
This Traverse may the poorest take
Without oppress of Toll –
How frugal is the Chariot
That bears a Human soul.
--Emily Dickinson

Truer words were never spoken!
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PostSubject: Re: What's your favourite poem?   Sun Dec 07, 2008 10:42 pm

I'm obsessed with any of Shakespeare's sonnets. I also love Alfred Lord Tennyson's The Lady of Shalott. I really wanted to buy books of their poems today, but my mom only gave me twenty dollars and I was using that to buy a much-needed thesaurus.
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PostSubject: Re: What's your favourite poem?   Tue Dec 09, 2008 2:21 pm

denizenofevil wrote:
I've been reading a lot of Edgar Allen Poe's poems and a few of my favorites are The Raven, The Bells, and Annabel Lee. However, i find it hard to read any of his works before I go to bed. It's pretty disturbing stuff, especially the bells. I could just imagine the person going insane. At first, the poem seems to have a calm, light tone but as it went on, the mood got a little dark. I love the Love song of J Alfred Prufrock! It took a while for me to understand it and i had to reread it several times but it just appealed to me.

Darkly beautiful. A little disturbing, but once you get over that you appreciate the beauty. I wonder if he had problems with manic-depression? Has no one read Emily Bronte? I love her work. Some of it is rather terse, with a fierce quality that is a bit rare in older British poets.
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PostSubject: Re: What's your favourite poem?   Mon May 11, 2009 2:55 pm

I've liked Anne Sexton ever since we read her poem Cinderella in one of my classes last semester. I ended up Googling more of her poems, and now I'm obsessed. The poem below is one of my favorites. You will probably recognize one line from my signature.

Killing the Love

I am the love killer,
I am murdering the music we thought so special,
that blazed between us, over and over.
I am murdering me, where I kneeled at your kiss.
I am pushing knives through the hands
that created two into one.
Our hands do not bleed at this,
they lie still in their dishonor.
I am taking the boats of our beds
and swamping them, letting them cough on the sea
and choke on it and go down into nothing.
I am stuffing your mouth with your
promises and watching
you vomit them out upon my face.
The Camp we directed?
I have gassed the campers.

Now I am alone with the dead,
flying off bridges,
hurling myself like a beer can into the wastebasket.
I am flying like a single red rose,
leaving a jet stream
of solitude
and yet I feel nothing,
though I fly and hurl,
my insides are empty
and my face is as blank as a wall.

Shall I call the funeral director?
He could put our two bodies into one pink casket,
those bodies from before,
and someone might send flowers,
and someone might come to mourn
and it would be in the obits,
and people would know that something died,
is no more, speaks no more, won't even
drive a car again and all of that.

When a life is over,
the one you were living for,
where do you go?

I'll work nights.
I'll dance in the city.
I'll wear red for a burning.
I'll look at the Charles very carefully,
wearing its long legs of neon.
And the cars will go by.
The cars will go by.
And there'll be no scream
from the lady in the red dress
dancing on her own Ellis Island,
who turns in circles,
dancing alone
as the cars go by.
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PostSubject: Re: What's your favourite poem?   Mon May 11, 2009 2:57 pm

The Fury of Sunsets, Anne Sexton

Something
cold is in the air,
an aura of ice
and phlegm.
All day I've built
a lifetime and now
the sun sinks to
undo it.
The horizon bleeds
and sucks its thumb.
The little red thumb
goes out of sight.
And I wonder about
this lifetime with myself,
this dream I'm living.
I could eat the sky
like an apple
but I'd rather
ask the first star:
why am I here?
why do I live in this house?
who's responsible?
eh?
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