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pantechnicon


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Posted Sun Oct 28th, 2012 11:32am Post subject: Is there anybody there?

This Is The First Thing

by Philip Larkin

This is the first thing
I have understood:
Time is the echo of an axe
Within a wood.

This is my favourite poem of all time - pun intended. Anyone else out there with their favourite poems?


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Ambrosia


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Posted Sun Oct 28th, 2012 4:33pm Post subject: Is there anybody there?

Dunno if it's my favourite, but it's the only poem I've ever been able to remember off by heart.

The butterfly, a cabbage-white,
(His honest idiocy of flight)
Will never now, it is too late,
Master the art of flying straight,
He has--who knows so well as I?--
A just sense of how not to fly:
He lurches here and here by guess
And God and hope and hopelessness.
Even the aerobatic swift
Has not his flying-crooked gift.

-- Robert Graves


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pantechnicon


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Posted Wed Oct 31st, 2012 4:05pm Post subject: Is there anybody there?

I like it, though i quite like Graves after reading "Goodbye to all that" at school. Strange one to remember though. I remember mine because it's so short. Thanks for sharing - anyone else out there?


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