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Been Thinking About Poetry

My favorite poem is "The Creation" by James Weldon Johnson. I learned it in 5th grade, about the only useful thing I got out of that school year. It can be found here http://www.poetry-archive.com/j/the_creation.html
The beauty of the words still makes me cry.

So, I'm asking, What's your favorite poem?


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Jan. 2nd, 2005 07:13 pm (UTC)
That IS gorgeous.

My favorite is one I picked up sometime high school, whenever we took American Lit, and had to memorise X many lines of poetry at one point. There was one honking long poem which would have done the job, but most of us chose to do several shorter pieces. This one and Robert Frost's "Nothing Gold Can Stay" are the only ones that I still recall from that exercise.
"Not in a silver casket cool with pearls", a sonnet by Edna St.Vincent Millay.

Jan. 3rd, 2005 02:00 am (UTC)
That is a gorgeous Millay! Wow. I suppose I'd come across it before since I have her complete works but, if I had, I'd forgotten it.
Jan. 3rd, 2005 04:14 am (UTC)
Oh, yes. That is nice. I like the way the words rub aginst eachother.
Jan. 3rd, 2005 01:59 am (UTC)
I read a lot of poetry. I love poetry. I can't even begin to think what my favorite poem would be though. I love Edna St. Vincent Millay, Frost, John Ciardi, e.e. cummings, T.S. Eliot, Sherman Alexi... well - anyway - lots of poets and poems... but lately here's one that really caught me on "Writer's Almanac" because it spoke so clearly to the part of my life that I am just starting to really experience (and hope to experience more of if life can calm down a bit more).

(scroll down to Sept 9 2003).
Jan. 3rd, 2005 04:18 am (UTC)
I like that one, too.
Thank you.
Jan. 3rd, 2005 08:30 am (UTC)
What's my favorite poem? I can't pick just one.

My taste in poetry was influenced by my father, who would happily recite Milton, Shakespeare, Keats, Swinburne, and Tennyson from memory at the drop of a hat.

I find Milton's "On Time" sublime, despite its flaws, which include a virtually unparseable run-on sentence.

My favorite Shakespearean sonnet might be "That time of year thou mayest in me behold".

I love Keats' "Ode On a Grecian Urn" and "Ode On Melancholy", but my favorite of his is probably "Ode To a Nightingale".

Other favorites:

Lewis Carroll's "The Walrus and the Carpenter".
Yes, really. Like many other humorous poems, it doesn't get the respect it deserves.

"Dulce et Decorum Est", by Wilfred Owen.

"Fern Hill", by Dylan Thomas.

My favorite German poem is Goethe's "Wandrers Nachtlied II". Although it is the only serious German poem I know, I am confident that it is one of the most beautiful German poems ever written.

It is probably not a coincidence that all but one of these poems deals with death or old age, and the remaining poem ("Fern Hill") deals with a related theme: growing older and losing the innocence of childhood.

It is also not a coincidence that all but one of these poems rhymes. I rejoice in rhyme for its own sake.
Jan. 6th, 2005 01:49 am (UTC)
Very old, but very dear to me. Wish I knew the title...

May the road rise up to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back,
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
And the rain fall soft upon your fields,
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the hollow of his hand.

Jan. 18th, 2005 11:26 pm (UTC)
I like a lot of poems! One of my favorites is by A.E. Housman; the first few lines are

I to my perils
Of cheat and charmer
Came clad in armour
By stars benign;

If I didn't feel so lousy I'd try to find a link to it for you - it's from his collection More Poems (It's number VI; it doesn't have a title.)
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