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    Anyone Else Here Likes Poetry?

    Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by Cacian, Jan 29, 2012.

    If so which type?
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    do you like writing poetry?

    I like free verse free flow without too much give way.
    I like complex with a bit of intrigue but not a story type of poetry.
     
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    I'm very picky about poetry. The only two poets I consistently enjoy would be Emily Dickinson and Wordsworth, though Dickinson in large doses makes me feel suicidal. My favorite poem is "I wandered lonely as a cloud/Daffodils" by Wordsworth.
     
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    My favourite poets are: Philip Larken, Edgar Allen Poe, Keats, Coleridge, John Milton, Virgil, Dante Aligheri, & Thomas Hardy.

    Of them I honestly can't pick a favourite. They are all great. But to pick a favourite poem of them it would have to be a tie between The Comedy, Paradise Lost and Vita Novua. Dante Alighieri has a special place in my heart I suppose.

    My favourite type of poetry is maybe Epic Poetry. I just find it more enjoyable and more interesting despite, or even because because of it being somewhat archaic.
     
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    I studied Philip Larken briefly at universtiy and I did find him extremely depressive.
    We were made toi listen ot his recorded peotry. I did switch off it was so bad/depressive.
    Do you have a favourite piece?
     
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    Emily Dickinson?
    why does she make feel suicidal?
    do you have one in mind?
     
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    i'm a fairly full time poet myself and have too many favorites to list... among them are [in no particular order]:
    poe
    angelou
    service
    hughes
    blake
    khayyam
    dickinson
    whitman
    wordsworth
    maia [have to be honest!]

    favorite poem:

    it's my favorite both for its verbal beauty and the fact that it states my own personal philosophy and opinion of the human race so perfectly...
     
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    Anything by William Blake really
     
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    I love Edgar Allan Poe's works. I don't read or write a lot of poetry, but for some reason all of it is usually kind of dark.
     
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    I've never got into reading poetry after I left school, although I enjoyed it while I was there. I do really like the Philip Larkin poems I've read, since I read the Andrew Motion biography about him I've read some of his poems and I love his style, especially this part of For Sidney Bechet:

    I just love that, it's so plainly said but beautiful, and happy and sad at the same time (haha, you can tell I'm no poetry enthusiast, what an analysis :p).
     
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    I enjoy poetry. My favorite poet, bar none, is Robinson Jeffers. I guess I used to think of poetry as little mewling whines written by small whiny people until I read Jeffers. Jeffers is not small, he's huge. He wrote like he was 500 feet tall, thundering over the California mountains. He wrote a lot of narrative poetry, but other than "Roan Stallion", I'm not a big fan of it. But his shorter work, his lyrics, are astonishing. I love his poems "Night", "Continent's End", "Hurt Hawks", "Shine, Perishing Republic", "To the Stone Cutters", and many others. He's hard, intransigent, clear-eyed and brutal at times, and very, very powerful.

    Other than Jeffers, my favorites are William Blake ("The Little Vagabond" FTW!), Walt Whitman, William Butler Yeats, and I suppose I have to leave room for Tennyson. I've also recently discovered a guy named Rodney Jones, who is sometimes interesting. And I have to make room for Allen Ginsberg, too - "Howl" is amazing.

    T.S. Eliot is in there too, and, of course, the classics of Homer and Dante. And Shakespeare.
     
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    I don't read quite as much poetry as I'd like, but I'm very fond of Robert Frost, Poe, T.S. Eliot and William Carlos Williams.

    I have to be in a very particular mood to read poems, though, and novels are the things I automatically reach for when I'm going to read.
     
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    I have always had a certain affection for prose poetry, especially the early French writers such as Baudelaire and Mallarme. Paris Spleen is one of my favorite collections of all time. But, I also enjoy more modern authors such as Lyn Hejinian and her autobiographical work My Life.
     
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    I'm not really a poetry person myself, but there is a book called 'Please Mrs Butler' by Allan Ahlberg I must recommend. It's poetry for children, I remembered it from when I was a kid and bought a copy for our 6 year old godson who LOVES it. Fantastic for getting children into liking poetry because they are all funny poems about situations kids can really identify with.
     
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    I put the "mania" in Tasmanian!
    Well, for that matter, I don't think it's possible to overstate my love for Dr Seuss. Does that count? : P
     
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    yes it counts.
    I have read Dr Seuss billions of times,which is your favourite?
    Oh I am not aware William Carlos William.
    do you have a piece in mind youlike best of him just to see.:)
    by the way
    where is your avatar from and what does Amphigory mean?
     
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    I never found Larken all that depressing. Maybe darker, and sadder than the usual.
    He's actually rather funny, especially with This Be the Verse.
    My favourite has got to be: Born Yesterday.
    It fits into my philosophy very well, and can be funny, sad, or hopeful; depending on how you read it, and in what mindset.
     
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    All of them! :D It's really hard to decide, with Seuss. Though I've always loved the book about the bread and butter battles...

    There's this one, which is pretty much a classic:

    Quite a lovely, simple thing, I think.

    It's from the movie Up, which I love to pieces. :D And an amphigory is basically a nonsensical poem — intentionally or unintentionally. ;)
     

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