July 2, 2008 at 3:31 am #40178
What are y’all’s take on poetry? I love it, when it’s not ridden with ten-dollar words or dreadfully long. Longfellow and Dickinson both are wonderful, and “Curfew Must Not Ring Tonight” is one of my favorite poems. Funny, I can read and listen to music, but I can’t do that with poetry. “Favorite Poems Old and New” is a big fat satisfying book seperated into sections (a few are redundant) and is a very good poetry resource.
So what about it?July 2, 2008 at 3:49 am #42794
I don’t read poetry much, I tend to find it dull, but now and again I’ll read some.
I do like pieces like these:
“Exultation is the going
Of an inland soul to sea
Past the houses, past the headlands
Into deep eternity!
Bred as we, among the mountains
Can the sailor understand
The divine intoxication
Of the first league out from land?” — Emily Dickinson
“A short direction
To avoid dejection,
On the state of the nation
To your station,
To friends and relations,
And deep reflection
You’ll avoid dejection.
Learn well your grammar,
And never stammer,
Write well and neatly,
And sing most sweetly,
Love early rising,
Go walk of six miles,
Have ready quick smiles,
With lightsome laughter,
Soft flowing after.
Drink tea, not coffee;
Never eat toffy.
Eat bread with butter.
Once more, don’t stutter.
Don’t waste your money,
Abstain from honey.
Shut doors behind you,
(Don’t slam them, mind you.)
Drink beer, not porter.
Don’t enter the water
Till to swim you are able.
Sit close to the table.
Take care of a candle.
Shut a door by the handle,
Don’t push with your shoulder
Until you are older.
Lose not a button.
Refuse cold mutton.
Starve your canaries.
Believe in fairies.
If you are able,
Don’t have a stable
With any mangers
Be rude to strangers.
Moral: Behave.” — Lewis Carrol
“Keep your whiskers crisp and clean.
Do not let the mice grow lean.
Do not let yourself grow fat
Like a common kitchen cat.
Have you set the kittens free?
Do they sometimes ask for me?
Is our catnip growing tall?
Did you patch the garden wall?
Clouds are gentle walls that hide
Gardens on the other side.
Tell the tabby cats I take
All my meals with William Blake,
Lunch at noon tea at four,
Served in splendor on the shore
At the tinkling of a bell.
Tell them I am sleeping well.
Tell them I have come so far,
Brought by Blake’s celestial cat,
Buffeted by wind and rain,
I may not get home again.
Take this message to my friends.
Say the King of Catnip sends
To the cat who winds his clocks
A thousand sunsets in a box,
To the cat who brings the ice
The shadows of a dozen mice
(serve them with assorted dips
and eat them like potato chips),
And to the cat who guards his door
A net for catching stars, and more
(if patience he abide):
Catnip from the other side.” — Nancy Willard
That kind of poetry.July 2, 2008 at 1:53 pm #42795
Poetry! I like poetry. (Although I don’t read it nearly as often as I should.) I like Poe’s “Eldorado” and . . . oh, I can’t remember who wrote it. . . “Song of Sherwood”, and lots of others.July 2, 2008 at 2:02 pm #42796
I don’t particularly like poetry, so I’m really dreading the test I have to take on literature soon. It’s 35-45% poetry! *shudders*July 2, 2008 at 6:22 pm #42797
Have you tried Ogden Nash? He’s so funny!July 3, 2008 at 12:57 am #42798
He’s weird!July 3, 2008 at 1:20 am #42799
I like some poetry, mostly only if it tells a story. Otherwise, it doesn’t interest me much.July 3, 2008 at 1:55 am #42800
…I inquire in the school room, I ask in the road house,
Did Wodehouse write Wooster, or Wooster Wodehouse?
Bertram Wodehouse and P.G. Wooster,
They are linked in my mind like Simon and Schuster.
No matter which fumbled in ’41,
Or which the woebegone figure of fun.
I deduce how the faux pas came about,
It was clearly Jeeves’s afternoon out.
Yup…I love Ogden Nash. (Wodehouse too, while we’re on the topic).
Emily Dickinson, Tolkien, some T.S. Eliot, Robert Frost, Longfellow, and a host of other people who I can’t remember now are good too. *dashes off to look through poetry file*
Oh, and Delaney. (Cordelia here)
edit–Current favourite, by Emily Dickinson…
HE ate and drank the precious words,
His spirit grew robust;
He knew no more that he was poor,
Nor that his frame was dust.
He danced along the dingy days,
And this bequest of wings
Was but a book. What liberty
A loosened spirit brings!July 3, 2008 at 3:05 am #42801
Oh Jordan, a lit. test? That’s my dream come true!
Yes, Tolkien’s stuff is very good…we have a poetry book by Lewis, but I haven’t peeped inside yet. Might be OK.
My family and I have gotten into the groove of, after we read a few verses outta Proverbs (Dad), Mom reads a poem. We’re working tho’ Longfellow (we call him Henry WODSworth LongFELLER), and it’s glorious! The best word pictures I’ve come across in a very long time.July 3, 2008 at 11:51 am #42802
Not modern lit, though, Pip. Ancient lit, from all eras at once, all styles at once.
I guess I do like some poetry. *gets ready to duck* I like the nonsense stuff that Jack Prelutsky and Shel Silverstein write! *ducks*July 3, 2008 at 8:51 pm #42803
Ooh yeah, Jack Prelutsky is pretty good! I liked his For Laughing Out Loud book.
See, poetry’s not so bad! *throws closest thing handy at jordan*July 4, 2008 at 2:20 am #42804
Alyosha – 1 day ago » Oh, and Delaney. (Cordelia here)
Ah, yes Cordelia/Delaney, you should come in here more often, we’re talking about you.
My favorite Delaney piece is one she PMed me a long time ago (okay, so maybe June, 2007 isn’t all that long ago), after she’d stayed over with her grandparents. *fishes it out of folders*
Wishing well, grant me this:
Catch my fervent longing
Nod and smile; say you will
Grant my wish come morning.July 4, 2008 at 2:42 am #42805
You should, you should.
While we’re on the Delaney-fan topic, my favourite by her is the…oh whatsitcalled… “I am just a stone, I was not made to fly,” that was posted on Narniaweb ages ago, and
Temptation, it flies in my eye
It’s feathers, they smell of a lie
So I hold my breath and pretend
That it’s lies that are lovely instead.
Something like that.
I need to get Jonathan Strange again just to copy all the poetry and quotes from it that I like…like–
The land is all too shallow
It is painted on the sky
And trembles like the wind-shook rain
When the Raven King passed byJuly 5, 2008 at 12:24 am #42806
Raven King????!!!!!!!July 5, 2008 at 3:30 am #42807
Pip here again; I just finished reading a beautifully illustrated version of The Owl and the Pussycat, a poem by Edward Lear; it’s so cute! (Jan Brett did the illustrations.)
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