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Anonymous


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Posted Mon Sep 3rd, 2007 12:19am Post subject: poetry suggestions?
i am not a poet but i like reading poetry. i'm not very familiar with different writers, though, and i'm looking for more stuff to read.

anybody got suggestions or favorites?

so far i like t.s.eliot, tennyson's memorium, william blake, wallace stevens, william carlos williams, rilke, and i LOVE LOVE walt whitman. but really, i could be into anything.... any time period, any place, no restrictions.


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ratoutofhell


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Posted Mon Sep 3rd, 2007 7:03pm Post subject: poetry suggestions?
I always think you can't go far wrong with a good translation of Catullus. The wedding hymns can go on a bit but the short poems are superb.

"If you are dirty, insignificant and unloved then rats are the ultimate role model" - Banksy

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Anonymous


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Posted Mon Sep 3rd, 2007 8:42pm Post subject: poetry suggestions?
Steve Turner

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Saturn


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Posted Mon Sep 3rd, 2007 10:11pm Post subject: poetry suggestions?
If you can find good translations of the following:

^Catullus as already mentioned above.

Ovid's Love poems or, if you're really into Greek and Roman Mythology The Metamorphosis.

Petrarch's Canzoniere.

Dante's la vita nuova and The Divine Comedy

Goethe

And in English:

Chaucer's Canterbury Tales is always worth a read [even better of you have the patience to read it in the original middle-English]

Spenser's Fairie Queene

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Fourth Feline


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Posted Sun Sep 16th, 2007 5:13pm Post subject: poetry suggestions?
For me it's A.E.HOUSEMAN. (1859 - 1936 )

A couple of excerpts that touched and moved me:

THE REMORSEFUL DAY

Ensanguining the skies
How heavily it dies
Into the west away;
Past touch and sight and sound
Not further to be found,
How hopeless under ground
Falls the remorseful day.

And

BLUE REMEMBERED HILLS

Into my heart an air that kills
From yon far country blows:
What are those blue remembered hills,
What spires, what farms are those?
This is the land of lost content,
I see it shining plain.
The happy highways where I went
And cannot come again.

N.B.
(The first one was used in the last episode of 'Inspector Morse' - and the second at the end of the film 'Walkabout ' ).

F.F.

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Anonymous


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Posted Tue Sep 25th, 2007 1:53pm Post subject: poetry suggestions?
I'm not a big fan of poetry but I strongly admire Tony Harrison's 2 part sonnet "Them and Uz", in which he defends his regional accent against teachers, critics and all other pretentious types.

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Anonymous


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Posted Tue Sep 25th, 2007 3:22pm Post subject: poetry suggestions?
I've always enjoyed William Carlos Williams

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AxmxZ


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Posted Tue Sep 25th, 2007 3:38pm Post subject: poetry suggestions?
Goethe, Faust, first part. Can't recommend it enough.

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Fryphile


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Posted Tue Sep 25th, 2007 3:52pm Post subject: poetry suggestions?
E.E. Cummings, Carl Sandburg, Anne Sexton, Donald Rumsfeld

I think of myself as someone who is filled with love, whose only purpose in life was to achieve love. - Stephen Fry

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Saturn


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Posted Tue Sep 25th, 2007 10:42pm Post subject: poetry suggestions?
Goethe, Faust, first part. Can't recommend it enough.

I'd recommend that two, though Part Two is very interesting as well, though very metaphysical and allegoric.

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Anonymous


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Posted Tue Sep 25th, 2007 11:49pm Post subject: poetry suggestions?
i didn't realize so many suggestions had come in... while the forum was having problems, i couldn't see which threads had been added to.

thanks!!

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