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    I used to love reading poems, when I was at college. :)
    In fact, I had to read them, for my English Literature class (of course!). I like poetry! (At that time, just a few times I had a go at writing ones of my own too, but that was 10 years ago... >_<)

    Yesterday I had the idea I ought to read poetry again, since I neglected it so long, and I was reading in "The Nation's Favourite 20th Century Poems".

    Anyway that reminded me of the existence of poetry (lol) and today I found this site, which I thought I'd share, as a nice place to browse around sometimes.
    Poemhunter
    You can browse by author, themes, etc. :)

    Ok, I'll also post a link to one of my favourite poems
    Phenomenal Woman by Maya Angelou.

    I keep meaning to try and write something again, but it seems way too pretentious for me to attempt it...

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    Well, I'm not real big on poetry because it's too vague at times and I don't understand what alot of poets are saying.

    I do like the poem "The Wasteland" by T.S. Elliot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kinsao
    I keep meaning to try and write something again, but it seems way too pretentious for me to attempt it...
    Yeah, there seem to be many poets with a self-interest who write mostly about themselves. Some of them are really good, though.

    Charles Bukowski, my favorite poet, was such a lousy alcoholic, and all he wrote was his encounters with women who he slept with, but his words and style are so genuine and raw that you don't get uncomfortable like you do when you read poems that are too ambiguous or too pretty.

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    Poetry. I write a lot of poetry. Sometimes I compose music for them. Im my country somebody know me as singer song writer. I play guitar. I have attended some contest for song writer and literary man ( I'm graduate in history and literature). So my favourite poets are Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson.

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    ^ that's cool, Alvil! I admire anyone who is good at writing poetry or lyrics. Me, I haven't got enough courage to do it.

    @ Misa : I'll have to check out his work! *interested*
    I agree, a lot of great poems have been written out of 'self-absorption' if you like; the only trouble is, I have enough introspection but not the writing skills!

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    Kinsao you really should try to write poetry

    It's not that hard becouse true poetry and lyrics come from two things the Heart and obsivation

    It is true that poetry is based upon your self oftain

    your tragedy your joy

    Or the world in the way you see it

    so poetry and lyrics are self absorbed i think all work artistic work is like that

    I write poetry a lot and have won minor awards for it

    I love poetry

    My fav poets are Heym and Byron ^^

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    Wow, you've won awards?! You should definitely post some of your poems!

    Another poem I like: an early one of Wilfred Owen's poems:
    Storm

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    I admire the poetry of Baudelaire, Wordsworth, Tennyson, Keats and John Clare. I particularly enjoy John Clare, who was a Northamptonshire agricultural labourer of the 19th century in tandem with being a prolific poet. He is now included in the 'canon' of English Romantic poetry alongside Wordsworth and Keats, whereas 30 years previously he was often patronisingly regarded as a token, unsophisticated rustic writing in peasant language. His poems arguably provide a more accurate insight into the lives of 'ordinary', rural English people than does the more sanitised, 'from a distance', middle-class approach of Wordsworth.

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    I love the poetry, not all of course, among my favorite poets are: Lorca, Juan Ramn Jimnez, Benedetti, Gioconda Belli, Gloria Fuertes.

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    Whilst I like several poets the one I read almost daily and have always loved is Philip Larkin. I love how he uses plain speech and transforms it into something so vivid . Cannot give a favourite by Larkin but would say "The Building" and " Church Going" would probably be high in my favourite list. Also a complete opposite to Larkin that I like is John Donne. Of course "The Flea" has to be listed as a favourite and also "Song". John Donne has a beautiful rhythm in his verses and they flow in such a perfect manner.

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    Forbela Espanca Poem.

    MY PRIDE

    I recall what I used to be before. I whish
    Do not remember! In painful afternoons
    I recall I was a spring
    That, in old walls, made be born the roses!

    My hands, once tender,
    Used to hover as doves do… Who could know
    Why everything is gone and was a chimera,
    And why don't old walls give roses!?

    There are, always, the ones I recall those who forget me…
    But I say to myself: "They don't deserve me…"
    And I don’t remain that abandoned anymore!

    I feel I worth more, being poorer:
    For is also pride to be lonely,
    And is also nobility do not have a thing!

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    Alexandre Manuel Vahia de Castro O'Neill de Bulhões

    PASSING THROUGH


    I


    Go away go away
    you who walk like a blind man pretending to be a seer
    you who leave adolescents marvelled
    with your gestures of Ambassador of the Invisible
    of Holy Man of Murmur
    of generous Giver of the Blood of Vertigo
    go away
    and may the women who sometimes served you as mothers
    take you back in and cover you with rags of tenderness
    with lice of tenderness
    with chancres
    snot
    manure of tenderness
    and then undress you the way they do old men and children
    and take years removing from your pained body
    the scabs they placed on it by tenderness
    years and years on the doorsteps
    ridding you of the lice of the thousands of lice
    that suck your idiot head


    And when you can revolt
    take the Path-of-All-Surprises
    the path you ran backwards
    in inhuman forbidden direction
    fight the dream vagabonds you meet
    and exterminate them
    they are your old presence in this world of men
    are what you thought you had of most human
    fight them and move on
    push your new being forth
    run ahead of him
    ignore the screaming and praying
    the letters of the women you left behind
    walk always walk
    you begin looking like any one of us
    and your laughter is already human


    II


    And you too o one with the gestures of cosmic hammer
    you too false stirrup of pride
    vanity spied in shop windows
    where luxury shows its teeth to the rabble
    you indeed
    splendid misery of these streets
    complicated dream of impossible grandeurs
    pale swan of cynicism
    blue burp
    borrowed blood
    lapel of small virtues of the small myths
    that sustain you still o dead man of long ago
    disappear you too in the large sewer
    that does justice for all
    don't resign yourself to waiting
    here you're just grotesque
    only that moonlight that illusion of life
    that you steal from the quotidian
    that megalomaniac rapture
    daily curse of fear
    little mirror hourly interrogated


    Disappear now that no one notices you
    now that the cosmic hammers
    sleep the sleep of eternal rust
    somewhere in the already dead sky

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    I tend to be somewhat partial to the Romantics, though many lived such tortured lives(hence the inspiration for much great poetry).My favorite of all the poets would have to be Edgar Allen Poe. Though not sharing a real interest in the macabre,he was the master craftsman when it came to writing poetry.

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    The great English physicist Dirac disliked other scientists who were reading poetry. Poets he said are making simple things hard. Scientists on the other hand try hard to make hard things simple. So poetry is waste of time. Its out of fashion nowadays.

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    Poetry speaks the language of love. It is never a waste of time nor ever out of fashion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michel Gilson View Post
    Poetry speaks the language of love. It is never a waste of time nor ever out of fashion.
    Unless one is an English major at school, or Language major in general, yes they are forced to read poetry. General public is indifferent about it, and a large majority do not understand poetry.

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    Although we enjoy poetry in songs every day.

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    For some, it can be a therapy such as painting etc..a way to express themselves and put emotion onto paper.

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    Good point Lebrok, we do listen to poetry in songs on a daily basis. Perhaps the music makes it palatable to the masses.

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    Yes Hope poetry can be a great therapy. It gives people a way of expressing themselves or a chance to relate to someone(the poet) who may have experienced similar circumstances.

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