what's your favorite poem!

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

  1. Birdy

    Birdy so long

    oh!!!!! my favorite poem is gerard manley hopkins too!!! id never heard yours before so thank you!!

    Pied Beauty by Gerard Manley Hopkins

    and some other favorites (a lot of these are normie ass choices but shhhh):

    Escape at Bedtime by Robert Louis Stevenson (from a child’s garden of verses, the first poem I ever loved)

    Pi by Wislawa Szymborska (this may be my most favorite, out of all these)

    Hymn to Breaking Strain by Rudyard Kipling (yes I know I know, but word taste good)

    anyone lived in a pretty how town by e.e. cummings (chosen for sound more than anything else. it just tastes good)

    The Heaven of Animals by James L. Dickey (I think about this a lot)

    Because I could not stop for Death by Emily Dickinson (guess who was 12 and emo?)

    Precious Stones by Christina Rossetti (this is basically an aphorism in poem form but it’s good ok)

    For I will consider my Cat Jeoffrey by Christopher Smart (fragment of a very long, very weird poem called Rejoice in the Lamb)(Christian writers did a lot of good words okay)

    The Tyger by William Blake (probably the most normie choice, everyone knows this one)

    The Highwayman by Alfred Noyes (also pretty normie but look)

    Howl by Alan Ginsberg (guess who was 17 and emo?)

    The Robert Fagles translation of the Odyssey

    and

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  2. ChelG

    ChelG Well-Known Member

    Do songs from books count? There are a lot of catchy ones.
     
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  3. artistformerlyknownasdave

    artistformerlyknownasdave revenge of ricky schrödinger

    it might be a bit stereotypical but i do absolutely adore stopping by woods on a snowy evening by robert frost
    Whose woods these are I think I know.
    His house is in the village though;
    He will not see me stopping here
    To watch his woods fill up with snow.

    My little horse must think it queer
    To stop without a farmhouse near
    Between the woods and frozen lake
    The darkest evening of the year.

    He gives his harness bells a shake
    To ask if there is some mistake.
    The only other sound’s the sweep
    Of easy wind and downy flake.

    The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
    But I have promises to keep,
    And miles to go before I sleep,
    And miles to go before I sleep.

    "the woods are lovely, dark and deep" is such a good line, i love it.
     
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  4. Birdy

    Birdy so long

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  5. Acey

    Acey draw the line dividing laugh and scream

    Oh my gosh I love that one. Plath is fantastic. And villanelles are such a fun poetic format! (Incidentally, here is a song about villanelles, written in the form of an actual villanelle. You're welcome. (i figure it counts as relevant at least?))

    One of my favorites, for reasons I cannot explain, is Memories Of West Street And Lepke by Robert Lowell. It's just...evocative in ways I can't actually describe? Howl's a favorite for similar reasons--they're not terribly similar poems I wouldn't say, but they give me similar Vibes (TM), if that makes any sense whatsoever.

    I'm also really fond of another Plath poem, Lady Lazarus. That last stanza...chills, every time.

    And of course, Shel Silverstein is a genius. I cut my teeth on his children's poetry, but one of my favorites is the decidedly not-kid-friendly The Perfect High, which I learned from my dad as a teenager--he used to read it for dramatic interp in college, and I swear I need to record him reciting it at some point because he has it memorized word-for-word and does it so well.
     
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  6. Artemis

    Artemis i, an asexual moron

    LOOK ON MY WORKS, YE MIGHTY, AND DESPAIR!

    rumi also v good. like the yeats too. and plath.

    will copy other favourite poem from poem book at home if remember, is called the heliotrope i think and can't remember author

    eta: forgot to mention edgar allan poe (my bro, my homie) but just as like. a blanket statement. love him.
     
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  7. Acey

    Acey draw the line dividing laugh and scream

    BIG SAME. I cannot believe I forgot to mention him as one of my faves, although I'm more familiar with his short stories I'd say (love 'em--I once read The Telltale Heart before bed when I was 12 or so and was vaguely amazed that I didn't have nightmares) so that might be why? The Raven remains one of the best poems ever though.

    EDIT: Seconding Ozymandias as well! What a good one.
     
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  8. Artemis

    Artemis i, an asexual moron

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  9. ChelG

    ChelG Well-Known Member

    Brian Jacques was a better poet than a novelist, IMO, and I still love the songs/poems he wrote.
     
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  10. Aondeug

    Aondeug 宗教の学生

    So this place here's got texts from the Isle of Man. Most of it really old by the looks of it which makes sense. Lots of poetry though. Gonna be reading through it soon.
     
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  11. Aondeug

    Aondeug 宗教の学生

    betsy lee is really pretty but it's neverending
     
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  12. Saro

    Saro Where is wizard hut

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  13. latitans

    latitans fake fan

    i have...so many...

    Anne Carson's transformative translation of Sappho fragments If Not, Winter is a fuckin revelation every time i read it

    in general, my favorite type of poem is 'this had made me a soft kind of sad and i don't know why'

    this is a perennial fav:

    https://www.poets.org/poetsorg/poem/long-sad-party
     
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  14. latitans

    latitans fake fan

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  15. ChelG

    ChelG Well-Known Member

    Parts of "By St Thomas Water" have stuck in my head since I was about seven.
     
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  16. latitans

    latitans fake fan

    "Wild Geese" by Mary Oliver

     
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  17. Aondeug

    Aondeug 宗教の学生

    I'm really fond of Erika L. Sánchez's work. In particular I really, really love Portrait of a Wetback. Linking it because it has formatting shit I can't do.

    There's also a poem in Juárez that I really like...This one...

    No ocean to drown:

    wet concrete, sand, locusts.

    An ethereal hand
    fingering dust.

    A hunger, a name, an agreement.
     
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  18. rats

    rats 21 Bright Forge Shatters The Void

    mmm just remembered im basic bitch tier and that it makes me so happy when my spanish-speaking SO reads lorca poems to me
     
  19. The Mutant

    The Mutant ' w '

    I'm not big on poetry but here's a couple that I've always liked o_ob

    Sea Canes by Derek Walcott (probably my most favorite if I had to pick)

    Dark August also by Derek Walcott


    Also Song of Myself is...a marathon... but I like a few bits on it and the last couple of stanzas really get me :')
     
  20. chthonicfatigue

    chthonicfatigue Bitten by a radioactive trickster god

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