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Old 01-03-2008, 08:24 AM
 
Location: Florida (SW)
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I love many of the lines and images from "The Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner" ; I am not going back to look it up but calling it back from when we memorized it for Miss Hildebrandt's English Class back in 1958.

"He prayeth best who loveth best
All Creatures great and small
For the dear lord, who made and loveth us,
He made and loveth all."
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Old 01-03-2008, 08:29 AM
 
Location: Wherabouts Unknown!
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The Owl And The Pussycat is another poem that I remember from grade school. This one was easy to memorize back then becasue it was just plain fun. I still remember the words after all these years!

blessings...Franco
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Old 01-03-2008, 08:31 AM
 
Location: Turn Left at Greenland
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Love To Whom it May Concern (orignally read in 1964, but very relevant now):

[minstrels] To Whom It May Concern -- Adrian Mitchell
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Old 01-15-2008, 02:52 PM
 
Location: Idaho
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Was my grandfather's favorite...also mine:

Thanatopsis

by William Cullen Bryant

William Cullen Bryant: Thanatopsis
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Old 01-15-2008, 03:31 PM
 
Location: Wallace, Idaho
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I'm not too big on poetry, but I've always enjoyed Walt Whitman's "Leaves of Grass." It's a chore to get through, but it's always worth it.
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Old 01-26-2011, 05:28 PM
 
Location: Here&There
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One of my favorite poems when I started learning French. If you can read it in French, read it in French -- it has a lovely breath to it.


Déjeuner du matin

Il a mis le café
Dans la tasse
Il a mis le lait
Dans la tasse de café
Il a mis le sucre
Dans le café au lait
Avec la petite cuiller
Il a tourné
Il a bu le café au lait
Et il a reposé la tasse
Sans me parler

Il a allumé
Une cigarette
Il a fait des ronds
Avec la fumée
Il a mis les cendres
Dans le cendrier
Sans me parler
Sans me regarder

Il s'est levé
Il a mis
Son chapeau sur sa tête
Il a mis son manteau de pluie
Parce qu'il pleuvait
Et il est parti
Sous la pluie
Sans une parole
Sans me regarder

Et moi j'ai pris
Ma tête dans ma main
Et j'ai pleuré

- Jacques Prévert



------- English Version -------

BREAKFAST

He put the coffee
In the cup
He put the milk
In the coffee
He put the sugar
In the coffee and milk
And with a little spoon
He stirred it
He drank the coffee
And put back the cup
Without speaking to me

He lit a cigarette
He made rings
With the smoke
He put the ashes
Into the ashtray
Without speaking to me
Without looking at me

He got up
He put
His hat on his head
He put his raincoat on
Because it was raining
And he left
In the rain
Without speaking to me
Without looking at me

And I took my head
In my hands
And I wept
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Old 01-26-2011, 05:52 PM
 
Location: Texas
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Tears, Idle Tears
by Alfred Lord Tennyson.
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Old 01-28-2011, 03:12 AM
 
Location: Cape Fear
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When I think about a favorite poem, I keep in mind Emily Dickinson's criteria:

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If I read a book and it makes my whole body so cold no fire can ever warm me, I know that is poetry. If I feel physically as if the top of my head were taken off, I know that is poetry. These are the only ways I know it. Is there any other way?
The poem that fits that bill for me is Larry Levis' "For Zbigniew Herbert, Summer, 1971, Los Angeles"
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Old 01-28-2011, 09:19 AM
 
Location: Texas
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When I think about a favorite poem, I keep in mind Emily Dickinson's criteria:

"If I read a book and it makes my whole body so cold no fire can ever warm me, I know that is poetry. If I feel physically as if the top of my head were taken off, I know that is poetry. These are the only ways I know it. Is there any other way?"

The poem that fits that bill for me is Larry Levis' "For Zbigniew Herbert, Summer, 1971, Los Angeles"
Poetry does not affect me that way. The good stuff moves me emotionally.
Poems like "Captain, My Captain" and "Little Boy Blue" make me cry.

Poems like "The Children's Hour" warm my heart. A lot of Edna St. Vincent Millay's stuff makes me thoughtful.

I read poetry in spurts. A lot of it wrecks me and I can't take too much of that kind of emotional wreckage for very long at one time.
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Old 01-30-2011, 08:02 PM
 
Location: Massachusetts
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My favorite is My Papa's Waltz by Theodore Roethke:

The whiskey on your breath
Could make a small boy dizzy;
But I held on like death:
Such waltzing was not easy.

We romped until the pans
Slid from the kitchen shelf;
My mother's countenance
Could not unfrown itself.

The hand that held my wrist
Was battered in one knuckle;
At every step you missed
My right ear scraped a buckle.

You beat time on my head
With a palm caked hard by dirt,
Then waltzed me off to bed
Still clinging to your shirt.
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