what's your favorite poem!

Discussion in 'General Chatter' started by rats, Oct 30, 2018.

  1. rats

    rats 21 Bright Forge Shatters The Void

    i dont think this thread exists yet???? anyways
    im really into gerard manley hopkins and i want to hear what other people's favorite poems are
    i really like carrion comfort (because depression) but the windhover is also a favorite
    I caught this morning morning's minion, king-
    dom of daylight's dauphin, dapple-dawn-drawn Falcon, in his riding
    Of the rolling level underneath him steady air, and striding
    High there, how he rung upon the rein of a wimpling wing
    In his ecstasy! then off, off forth on swing,
    As a skate's heel sweeps smooth on a bow-bend: the hurl and gliding
    Rebuffed the big wind. My heart in hiding
    Stirred for a bird, – the achieve of, the mastery of the thing!

    Brute beauty and valour and act, oh, air, pride, plume, here
    Buckle! AND the fire that breaks from thee then, a billion
    Times told lovelier, more dangerous, O my chevalier!

    No wonder of it: shéer plód makes plough down sillion
    Shine, and blue-bleak embers, ah my dear,
    Fall, gall themselves, and gash gold-vermilion.
    words!!!!!! tell me ur fav ones :D
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  2. rats

    rats 21 Bright Forge Shatters The Void

    oh i also super love alice fulton!!! and i love the way she used math!!! the == ?? iconic
  3. rats

    rats 21 Bright Forge Shatters The Void

    and if ur looking for some new poetry to love poet.tips is a fucking awesome website of the "you like this author? you'll probably like this one too" style
    so if i put alice fulton in there i get a whole list of different poets that the community there has voted on like "yeah i think this poet has a similar style" or "no what the fuck not alike at all" and scores em
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  4. rats

    rats 21 Bright Forge Shatters The Void

    "You sway like a crane to the tunes of tossed stones" is still such a good line too
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  5. artistformerlyknownasdave

    artistformerlyknownasdave revenge of ricky schrödinger

    oh!! i don't know a lot about poetry beyond "sometimes words pretty" but my uncle bought me a couple books of poetry for the holidays last year, and in particular the book "the princess saves herself in this one" by amanda lovelace really got to me.
    one of my favorites in this one is:

    write the story.

    your hands
    into the dirtiest
    parts of yourself

    take the
    rot & decay
    & turn it into
    nourishment & life.

    water it
    & sing to it
    &show it

    grow a beautiful garden
    from your aching
    & teach yourself
    how to thrive from it.

    write your story.

    - the sign you've been waiting for.

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  6. Deresto

    Deresto Foolish Mortal

    I dont do poems well, they give me headaches and i lose focus about ten seconds in most of the time. Despite that im really fond of jabberwocky, and ozymandias hits me right in the feels. Oh, and the tell tale heart is thrilling, i love it.
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  7. rats

    rats 21 Bright Forge Shatters The Void

    mmmmm jabberwocky good n crunch
    also i love "push your hands into the dirtiest part of yourself" that is such a good good line aaa
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  8. Aondeug

    Aondeug Cringe Annoying Ass Female Lobster

    I HAVE MANY FAVORITE POEMS HOLY FUCK. My favorite epic is probably Beowulf. OE half-meter is just. Sexy as fuck ok. We cannot argue that. I can't think of a particular favorite haiku right now but know that the form is one of my favorites as a whole. Jabberwocky's probably my favorite nonsense verse. Good shit that. There's some stuff by Chicana poets I really like that I can't remember the names of. But they're foul and depressing and so very, very Our Experience that they just. URGH. OK. Fuck fuck and then we've got rosc? I think my favorite of those is the one the Morrígan gives to like the bull about his coming fate. Or maybe the peace poem? There's lots of good rosc. There's lots of good Irish poetry in general, to be honest. And Amergin? LIFE. GOALS.

    yeats is my favorite poet

    i am also getting disgustingly into rumi

    and kinsella is great ok

    and just


    Yeats is my favorite though.
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  9. Aondeug

    Aondeug Cringe Annoying Ass Female Lobster

    I am a wind in the sea (for depth)
    I am a sea-wave upon the land (for heaviness)
    I am the sound of the sea (for fearsomeness)
    I am a stag of seven combats (for strength)
    I am a hawk upon a cliff (for agility)
    I am a tear-drop of the sun (for purity)
    I am fair (i.e. there is no plant fairer than I)
    I am a boar for valour (for harshness)
    I am a salmon in a pool (for swiftness)
    I am a lake in a plain (for size)
    I am the excellence of arts (for beauty)
    I am a spear that wages battle with plunder.
    I am a god who f0rms subjects for a ruler
    Who explains the stones of the mountains?
    Who invokes the ages of the moon?
    Where lies the setting of the sun?
    Who bears cattle from the house of Tethra?
    Who are the cattle of Tethra who laugh?
    What man, what god forms weapons?
    Indeed, then;
    I invoked a satirist...
    a satirist of wind.


    1. Am gáeth i mmuir. ar domni.
    2. Am tond trethan i tír. 1550] {MS folio 12b 40}
    3. Am fúaim mara.
    4. Am dam secht ndírend.
    5. Am séig i n-aill.
    6. Am dér gréne.g
    7. Am caín. 1555]
    8. Am torc ar gail.
    9. Am hé i llind.
    10. Am loch i mmaig
    11. Am briandai.
    12. Am bri danae. 1560]
    13. Am gai i fodb. feras feochtu.
    14. Am dé delbas do chind codnu.
    15. Coiche nod gleith clochur slébe. {MS folio 12b 45}
    16. Cia on cotagair aesa éscai
    17. Cia dú i llaig funiud grene. 1565]
    18. Cia beir búar o thig Temrach.
    19. Cia buar Tethrach. tibi.
    20. Cia dain.
    21. Cia dé delbas faebru. a ndind ailsiu.
    22. Cáinté im gaí cainte gaithe. Am.

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  10. applechime

    applechime "well, you know, a very — a very crunchy person."

    i like a lot of poems for a lot of different reasons but when i try to think of a 'favourite' this one always pops up:
    i carry your heart with me(i carry it in
    my heart)i am never without it(anywhere
    i go you go,my dear;and whatever is done
    by only me is your doing,my darling)
    i fear
    no fate(for you are my fate,my sweet)i want
    no world(for beautiful you are my world,my true)
    and it’s you are whatever a moon has always meant
    and whatever a sun will always sing is you

    here is the deepest secret nobody knows
    (here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
    and the sky of the sky of a tree called life;which grows
    higher than soul can hope or mind can hide)
    and this is the wonder that's keeping the stars apart

    i carry your heart(i carry it in my heart)
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  11. keltka

    keltka the green and brown one

    ah FUCK okay I have favorites I just have to go find the sound of them again BUT COMMENTING HERE SO I'M REMINDED TO
  12. artistformerlyknownasdave

    artistformerlyknownasdave revenge of ricky schrödinger

    ok another one from the same book as my last post because i love it and the formatting GETS ME
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  13. Aondeug

    Aondeug Cringe Annoying Ass Female Lobster

    I'm not usually one for shape poems but that's a good one. Definitely.
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  14. hyrax

    hyrax we'll ride 'till the planets collide

    i have a hard time choosing favorites, but my favorite poet is definitely W.B. Yeats! i love his use of sound, of rhyme and slant rhyme, and his imagery conjures such strong emotions it just gets lodged in my brain. picking a favorite Yeats poem, though... hmm...

    it could be "He Wishes For the Cloths of Heaven" or "The Mask" for some of that imagery-- "that mask of burning gold with emerald eyes" and "the blue and the dim and the dark cloths/ of night and light and the half-light" are phrases that have stuck in my head for years. it could be "The Second Coming" for using that strong sense of imagery (not to mention the slant rhymes) to create an unsettled feeing, and also for being, like, THE most quoted non-Shakespeare poem in the english literary canon. but i think it has to be "The Stolen Child," for all of the above.

    Where dips the rocky highland
    Of Sleuth Wood in the lake,
    There lies a leafy island
    Where flapping herons wake
    The drowsy water rats;
    There we've hid our faery vats,
    Full of berrys
    And of reddest stolen cherries.
    Come away, O human child!
    To the waters and the wild
    With a faery, hand in hand,
    For the world's more full of weeping than you can understand.

    Where the wave of moonlight glosses
    The dim gray sands with light,
    Far off by furthest Rosses
    We foot it all the night,
    Weaving olden dances
    Mingling hands and mingling glances
    Till the moon has taken flight;
    To and fro we leap
    And chase the frothy bubbles,
    While the world is full of troubles
    And anxious in its sleep.
    Come away, O human child!
    To the waters and the wild
    With a faery, hand in hand,
    For the world's more full of weeping than you can understand.

    Where the wandering water gushes
    From the hills above Glen-Car,
    In pools among the rushes
    That scarce could bathe a star,
    We seek for slumbering trout
    And whispering in their ears
    Give them unquiet dreams;
    Leaning softly out
    From ferns that drop their tears
    Over the young streams.
    Come away, O human child!
    To the waters and the wild
    With a faery, hand in hand,
    For the world's more full of weeping than you can understand.

    Away with us he's going,
    The solemn-eyed:
    He'll hear no more the lowing
    Of the calves on the warm hillside
    Or the kettle on the hob
    Sing peace into his breast,
    Or see the brown mice bob
    Round and round the oatmeal chest.
    For he comes, the human child,
    To the waters and the wild
    With a faery, hand in hand,
    For the world's more full of weeping than he can understand.
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  15. rats

    rats 21 Bright Forge Shatters The Void

    oh oh oh i need to go to lab rn but !remind me in 2 hours to fuckin
    post some of my favorite chinese poetry
    it's basic bitch level bc im not a native speaker but SO SO SO PRETTY....
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  16. Codeless

    Codeless Cheshire Cat

    Ok so, this is very cliched and all but. The Raven, by Peo.
    Is it all over the place? yes, but that´s never going to change the magic of reading it for the first time, in bed in the middle of the night, and being to caught up in it i read it over and over and learned it by heart.
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  17. chthonicfatigue

    chthonicfatigue Bitten by a radioactive trickster god

    So so so deeply fond of Edwin Morgan's poetry, and particularly The Apple's Song.

    Tap me with your finger,
    rub me with your sleeve,
    hold me, sniff me, peel me
    curling round and round
    till I burst out white and cold
    from my tight red coat
    and tingle in your palm

    as if I’d melt and breathe
    a living pomander
    waiting for the minute
    of joy when you lift me
    to your mouth and crush me
    and in taste and fragrance
    I race through your head
    in my dizzy dissolve.

    I sit in the bowl
    in my cool corner
    and watch you as you pass
    smoothing your apron.
    Are you thirsty yet?
    My eyes are shining.
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  18. rats

    rats 21 Bright Forge Shatters The Void

    yes.....this is why i did this.......Good Poem
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  19. Aondeug

    Aondeug Cringe Annoying Ass Female Lobster


    reminder about the chinese poetry

    i'm curious because i've not read very much chinese poetry at all
  20. rats

    rats 21 Bright Forge Shatters The Void

    it.....is late and i have an exam tmrw but ill definitely pull up my favs tomorrow afternoon :v its like, A Thing apparently for chinese kids to memorize a few poems which is super interesting culturally
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