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#42304 - Fri May 10 2002 09:43 PM Favourite Poets?
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When I was at school I remember the absolute horror I and my classmates felt when it was announced we were going to spend one third of our English Literature classes on metaphysical poetry. [Eek!]

How grateful I am now, to that teacher who forced us to really look at the poems, as they continue to be my favourite genre to this day. I love the fact you can really analyse them and get deeper meanings as well as just read them on the surface.

If I had to nominate a couple of favourites, they would be To His Coy Mistress by Andrew Marvell and The Relic by John Donne. Though some of the works of George Herbert are also wonderful. [Cool]

So if you were to nominate a poem or favourite poet, what would it or who would they be?

[Roll Eyes] [Smile] [Roll Eyes]

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#42305 - Sat May 11 2002 01:32 AM Re: Favourite Poets?
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Oh Yes, John Donne, of course, every time. Like you I was required to study the metaphysical poets and loved them , mainly because of dedicated teaching , by a lady called Helen Morris, who taught English at Homerton, and wrote a book called "Where's That Poem?"). I find something new and delightful every time.It is so refreshing. This from a poet writing in 1600:
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For God's sake hold your tongue and let me love,
Or chide my palsy or my gout,
My five grey hairs, or ruined fortune flout,
With wealth your state, your mind with arts improve,
Take you a course, get you a place
Observe his honour, or his grace
And the king's real, or his stamped face.
Contemplate what you will,approve,
So you will let me love.
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#42306 - Mon May 13 2002 04:25 AM Re: Favourite Poets?
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[Frown] [Frown] [Frown]

Whats a metaphysical poem anyway?? I like John Donnes 'Death Be Not Proud' It really made an impression on me when I was at school, since then I have grown to love 'Hurt No Living Thing' by Christina Rosetti although I absolutely hated it when I was a child.

Also there's a poetry book called Fridge over Troubled Water although I can't remember who by but thats really funny too!! [Big Grin]
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#42307 - Tue May 14 2002 04:18 AM Re: Favourite Poets?
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What I see as Metaphysical poets are those who used unusual comparisons in their work,rather far-fetched words to describe feelings especially.Some critics said that this showed they lacked feeling,were too complex and showed some conceit by trying to confuse people by appearing too intellectual, and on a higher plain. To me Donne is the true exponent... I feel the others followed his lead, in wanting to use less 'floral'language and be more down to earth.. What do others think here?
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#42308 - Tue May 14 2002 07:10 AM Re: Favourite Poets?
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"Hurt No Living Thing" is lovely, I'm going to teach my child that one.

My hero is the wonderful Samuel Taylor Coleridge, his "Kubla Khan" is the longest poem I can recite by heart. One of the most beautiful is "Frost at Midnight", the closing lines are just magical:

"whether the eave-drops fall
Heard only in the trances of the blast,
Or if the secret ministry of frost
Shall hang them up in silent icicles,
Quietly shining to the quiet moon".
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#42309 - Mon May 20 2002 02:34 PM Re: Favourite Poets?
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Dylan Thomas,the Welsh Poet is one of my favourites. Fern Hill is one of the most beautiful but difficult poems I have ever read. His poem Go Not Gently Into That Goodnight which he wrote about the death of his father is one of the most moving ever written-Fight!Fight! against the coming of the night.Marvellous!

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#42310 - Mon May 20 2002 04:19 PM Re: Favourite Poets?
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A.B. Paterson, commomly known as Banjo, wrote some terrific accounts of life in the Australian bush. 'The Man from Snowy River' still sends a chill down my spine.

For a bit of a giggle, Edmund Lear's Jabberwocky is great, and Spike Milligan wrote poems so corny that they are hilarious.
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#42311 - Mon May 20 2002 04:20 PM Re: Favourite Poets?
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Oopsy, another double post.

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#42312 - Mon May 20 2002 07:13 PM Re: Favourite Poets?
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I like poems that tell a story and that I don't have to think about this metaphysical stuff [Big Grin]

I'll go along with Ozzz about Banjo Paterson ... he is my all time favourite and writes mostly in a ballad way, although does have a great love poem called "As Long as Your Eyes are Blue" ( click here to go to my Banjo quiz [Wink] ).

Another I like is C.J Dennis, another Australian who did some great funny poems like "Triantiwontigongolope" and "The Songs Of A Sentimental Bloke " ... again, very Australian.

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#42313 - Mon May 20 2002 09:51 PM Re: Favourite Poets?
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Copago.

'a'h dips me lid' to ya. I hope you do not expect any non-Aussies to be able to read C. J. Dennis.. [Big Grin]

Do you know what the significance of Christmas Day is ar Tangmalangaloo? or Frying Pan's Theology?

Triantiwontigongolope- I have not heard that word since Jezza wore shorts, thanks for the memories [Smile]

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#42314 - Mon May 20 2002 10:55 PM Re: Favourite Poets?
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I knew the Tangmalangaloo one, (the day before the races [Wink] ) but admit to having to look up Frying Pan's Theology.(shame on me, a Banjo one and all [Embarrassed] )

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#42315 - Fri May 31 2002 06:33 AM Re: Favourite Poets?
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Roberts Burns and Edgar Allen Poe are prolly my favorite poets. I love "My Heart's in the Highlands"(Burns) and "Banks of Doon"(also Burns).
Although I like Poe's stories better than his poetry. Ex: I loved "How to Write a Blackwood Article"
Come to think of it, I think I'm going to go look for that....

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#42316 - Fri May 31 2002 07:30 AM Re: Favourite Poets?
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I'm not a fan of traditional poetry, but epic poetry is great.. So, here are some of my favorite epic poets:

Homer (The Iliad and the Odyssey)
Hesiod (Theogony)
Ovid (The Metamorphosis)
Virgil (The Aeneid)

..and many many more [Smile]
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#42317 - Fri May 31 2002 09:00 AM Re: Favourite Poets?
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Oh...don't forget the great epics....Song of Roland, Kelavala, Enuma Elish, Poem of Aqhat, Gilgamesh, Mahabarata, Ramayana, etc. etc. There are lots of fun ones!

Has anyone read the poetry of Li Po or Tu Fu? It's really worth a look. Tao Chien (Tao Yuanming) is really the best of the Chinese poets though...with Wang Wei being a distant second. And yes...there are English translations!

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#42318 - Fri Jun 07 2002 09:36 AM Re: Favourite Poets?
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Following on from Jazz I'd like to recommend "Pan Tadeusz" by Adam Mickiewicz, the most famous and revered writer in Poland. I've got an excellent translation if anyone would like details, it's very Romantic stuff and VERY readable (he was a huge admirer of Byron).
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#42319 - Fri Jun 07 2002 10:33 AM Re: Favourite Poets?
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'Jabberwocky' is one of my all-time favorite poems, but it was written ny Lewis Carrol, a.k.a. Charles Dodson, and apprears in Alice in Wonderland.
I also love Odgen Nash, and Dylan Thomas.
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#42320 - Fri Jun 07 2002 02:11 PM Re: Favourite Poets?
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I like the poems by Edgar Allen Poe. My favorite is The Raven. I think it's a really good poem. [Smile]
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#42321 - Sat Jun 15 2002 09:02 AM Re: Favourite Poets?
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moonchild, I think the author of the poem you are referring to (fridge over troubled waters) is Judy Rose...



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#42322 - Sun Sep 01 2002 11:37 PM Re: Favourite Poets?
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I too enjoyed Edward Lear's nonsense poetry and Lewis Carroll's poetry in the "Alice" books, both of which I found on my own in grade school. Unfortunately my public school education did not expose me to poetry at all, with the exception of Amy Lowell in High School detention. I was in detention (for skipping my 1st period class), and we all had to copy one of Amy Lowell's poems. I chose "Daffodils", and I liked it so much that I purchased the complete works of Amy Lowell soon after. I wish I had taken a class on poetry at some point in my life so that I could appreciate it better.
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#42323 - Mon Sep 02 2002 12:44 AM Re: Favourite Poets?
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Favourite poets? Yes of course. I never got to study English poetry at school and at college most poetswere mangled through the English and American literature classes (2 semesters each). I did get a liking for Frost, though. W.H. Auden we studied at great length and I did come out with a great love of his work. The same goes for the Victorian poets, especially Tennyson. Teaching children I later discovered Ogden Nash, who is really funny.

Favourite poems on the other hand are
'A Man Said to the Universe' by Stephen Crane
'Invictus' by William Ernest Henley
and (yes, probably boring)
'The Road not Taken' by Robert Frost

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#42324 - Mon Sep 02 2002 10:53 AM Re: Favourite Poets?
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Take a look at my signature, and you'll know my favorite poet

No, really, I absolutely love Edgar Allan Poe
Since I am German I don't know so many American and English poets (we hardly did poetry in school), and I really can't remember when I started to be interested in Poe. We NEVER talked about him in the English lessons...
Some favorite German poets are Goethe and Schiller, of course, but I like Conrad Ferdinand Meyer the most. He wrote "Vercingetorix" and "Die Füße im Feuer", maybe you've come across these some time.
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#42325 - Tue Sep 03 2002 02:04 AM Re: Favourite Poets?
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Richard Brautigan was one of the poets that marked me growing up. I'm not sure how you'd qualify him. It was a California thing I suppose.
My childhood would have to be Lewis Carroll.


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#42326 - Tue Sep 03 2002 09:25 PM Re: Favourite Poets?
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Paul Durcan-an amazing Irish poet. If you've never read his stuff, I highly recommend it, I'll put a short verse on here to give you a sneak peak:

"Felicity in Turin"

We met in the Valentino in Turin
And travelled down through Italy by train,
Sleeping together.
I do not mean having sex.
I mean sleeping together.
Of which sexuality is,
And is not, a part.
It is this sleeping together
That is sacred to me.
This yawning together.
You can have sex with anyone
But with whom can you sleep?

I hate you
Because having slept with me
You left me.

I sincerely hope no one was offended by the words. I think this is a poignant and beautiful poem that everyone should read.

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#42327 - Wed Oct 09 2002 04:21 AM Re: Favourite Poets?
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There's a memory. Thanks ozzz. Spike Milligan. I used to read everything he published. Sillier than Monty Python! What a giggle.

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#42328 - Wed Oct 09 2002 04:38 AM Re: Favourite Poets?
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I didn't appreciate poetry properly untill I went through a period of trying to write the stuff.

My faves are Robert Browning. Not too abstract for my simple brain and brilliant rhythm. Samuel Rodgers is worth reading if you like things of nature and of course Lord Byron and Mr Moore are good starting points.

My favorite poem is 'The Raven' Edgar Allan Poe

'And the raven never flitting, still is sitting, still is sitting
On the pallid bust of Pallas, just above my chamber door;
And his eyes have all the seeming of a demon that is dreaming,
And the lamplight o'er him streaming throws his shadows on the floor;
And my soul from out that shadow that lies floating on the floor
Shall be lifted - nevermore'

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