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Old 04-21-2013, 04:47 AM
 
Location: Henderson, NV
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What kinds of poetry do you like and why do you like it?

My favorites are the quirky somewhat silly or trippy poetry. E.E Cummings is very weird even T. S. Eliot to an extent. I also like the poetry that invokes emotions. Not only the happy emotions but the sad emotions as well. A favorite of mine is T. S. Eliot's "The Lovesong of J. Alfred Proofrock".

I can really relate to the speaker of the poem. His feelings of isolation with the world and how undesirable he feels among other things.
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Old 04-22-2013, 12:00 AM
 
Location: central Oregon
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My own of course.

I like most forms of poetry. However, I really, really, really, really hate long poems that go on forever... think 100s of lines.
I've entered a few poetry contests online, and this one site picks super long poems as winners each and every time. I can't understand them, let alone try to read through 100s of lines of 'whatever'.

I think the purpose of a poem should be to convey a thought with as few words as possible.
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Old 04-22-2013, 07:54 AM
 
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My favorite poet is Ogden Nash.
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Old 04-22-2013, 08:18 AM
 
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The kind that has meter and rhyme. There doesn't seem to be any of that anymore. Poetry nowadays is just flowery prose with unjustified margins.
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Old 04-23-2013, 02:29 AM
 
Location: Henderson, NV
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My own of course.

I like most forms of poetry. However, I really, really, really, really hate long poems that go on forever... think 100s of lines.
I've entered a few poetry contests online, and this one site picks super long poems as winners each and every time. I can't understand them, let alone try to read through 100s of lines of 'whatever'.

I think the purpose of a poem should be to convey a thought with as few words as possible.
Do you know the name of this site? I have a few long poems I'd like to publish. Including this huge epic historical narrative poem.

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The kind that has meter and rhyme. There doesn't seem to be any of that anymore. Poetry nowadays is just flowery prose with unjustified margins.
I tend to do mostly those types of poems. Although the weirdest thing happens in some of them when I naturally fall into rhymes. The rhyme and meter poems give me trouble when writing them. I do like reading them though.

P47P47, I don't think I've heard of Ogden Nash. I'm going to have to look him up.
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Old 04-23-2013, 07:18 AM
 
Location: Toronto
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The kind that has meter and rhyme. There doesn't seem to be any of that anymore. Poetry nowadays is just flowery prose with unjustified margins.
Sometimes I feel the same way. Even meter without rhyme woould be better than no meter, no rhyme. I love all different kinds of poetry, from Chaucer to Shakespeare to Spenser to Milton, Donne, Keats, Browning, Eliot, Auden, Yeats. Gerard Manley Hopkins is probably my favourite poet.

I do like poetry that is something more than "flowery prose", as you put it. I believe the Modernist movement may have torn up a little too much of the rule book, making just about anything poetry. "In the Sation of the Metro" sort of started that tradition. Don't get me wrong, it's brilliant in its own way, but Pound's legacy has been less...umm helpful.
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Old 04-23-2013, 07:41 AM
 
Location: Sloooowcala Florida
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Sylvia Plath, Anne Sexton, W.S. Merwin, William Carlos Williams, Charles Bauldelaire.
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Old 04-23-2013, 10:38 AM
 
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My wife has been toying with the idea of a small online poetry writers workshop group. (Closed group to protect publishing rights & privacy {as much as possible}) The reading and understanding of poets being mentioned in this thread is the type of background that could help make this a successful group. If there is any interest in such a group (once or twice a month online meetings?), please PM me and I will have her supply more details.

Angie Estes (Tryst) is an example of another poet she likes because of Estes daring use of language and form.

(Sorry for all the parentheticals )
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Old 04-23-2013, 11:03 AM
 
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P47P47, I don't think I've heard of Ogden Nash. I'm going to have to look him up.

Please let us know what you think of his work.
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Old 04-23-2013, 03:35 PM
 
Location: Toronto
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I forgot to mention the mighty Jorge Luis Borges as one of the finest poets of the twentieth century and a giant in the world of literature (his short stories are also some of the best ever written in any language).

Borges wrote in Spanish and I have a great collection of his poetry that has the Spanish on one page, and the English translation on the facing page so one who reads both Spanish and English can deepen their understanding and appreciation of his writing.

Is anyone else a Borges fan? 'Amanecer' is probably my favourite of his poems, but there are many I love.
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