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What are your favourite all time poems?
February 10, 2006
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I really like poetry some people may think it's naff but it has helped me through rough times.
My favourites so far are gosh I like loads but
Ruyard Kiplings (If)
Anne Samson (Voice)
W.E henley (Invictious means Unconquerable in Latin)
Maya Angelou (I'll rise)
Ted Carver (Late Fragment)
Robert Frost (Two roads diverged in a yellow wood)
Wendy Cope (Life)
Emily Dickinson (Dissaproved of....)
Dorothy Parker

There just a few there are many that I would like to mention but I'd run out of space, lol!
What does the poem mean to you and what has it personally brought to your life?

February 10, 2006
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My favorite poem and one that I keep close to my heart....

The Courgage That My Mother Had by Edna St.Vincent Millay

The courage that my mother had
Went with her, and is with her still
Rock from New England quarried;
Now granite in a granite hill.

The golden brooch my mother wore
She left behind for me to wear;
I have no thing I treasure more:
Yet, it is something I could spare.

Oh, if instead she'd left to me
The thing she took into the grave!-
That courage like a rock, which she
Has no more need of, and I have.

Lolli

February 10, 2006
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I love Emily Dickenson's poetry, Especially... Hope is the Thing with Feathers. But there are soo many wonderful inspirational poems!

February 10, 2006
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I'm a really big fan of Richard Brautigan, and even his actual stories strike me as being poetry, really. Also, though I know it's not technically poetry, Van Morrisons lyrics are truly moving to me.

February 10, 2006
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I am a great fan of Helen Steiner Rice. I have book for her filled with uplifting poems. Whenever I feel depressed, I turn to it and start savoring them.

Sd - I advice you to purchase something like that. It is REALLY very boosting for the morale.

~Ras~

February 11, 2006
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"Christian" by Maya Angelou

February 11, 2006
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What happens to a dream deferred? Langston Hughes

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood...and that has made all the difference. Frost

And miles to go before i sleep also Frost (just that part of it)

Me & Bobby McGee - Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose. Kristofferson (as performed by Joplin)

Deja Vu all over again. John Fogerty

February 11, 2006
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Bonnie,

Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening, by Robert Frost.

It's one of my favorites as well.

Lolli

February 11, 2006
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"Mr. Death, Please Wait"

Mr. Death, please wait, and be serene
Coming tonight is most absurd,
For there are sights I've never seen
and sounds I've never heard.

There are true loves I've never felt
And great people I've yet to meet.
Until my cards have all been dealt,
I'll not admit defeat!

Oceans await for me to cross,
Mountains for me to climb.
Imagine what would be the loss
If you took me in my prime!

So please extend my existing lease,
I've a lot to do 'fore I'm dead.
Some other night I'll rest in peace,
Tonight, let me rest in bed.

February 11, 2006
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Sorry, the lines didn't come out right, they ran together.

February 11, 2006
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Sophie,

Great thread!

I've been reading and writing poetry since I was in 4th grade -- I love poetry. We share one favorite, If by Kipling. That one is a wonderful guide to healthy emotional living. In fact, it's so good, it's worth quoting:

"If

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;

If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or, being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or, being hated, don't give way to hating,
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise;

If you can dream - and not make dreams your master;
If you can think - and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with triumph and disaster
And treat those two imposters just the same;

If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build 'em up with wornout tools;

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breath a word about your loss;

If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: "Hold on!"

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with kings - nor lose the common touch;
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you;
If all men count with you, but none too much;

If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run -
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And - which is more - you'll be a Man, my son!"

February 11, 2006
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Lolli,

I like that poem by Edna St. Vincent Milay. I hadn't heard that one before. Do you like her poem Renasence? It's almost like sci fi or the Twilight Zone, if you like that genre.

Bonni and Lolli,

Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening -- another of my favorites. I like the vivid imagery of the windswept snowy forest, and of course the "miles to go before I sleep".

Seeker

February 11, 2006
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How about Percy Bysse Shelley "To a Skylark", "The Cloud", "Ode to the West Wind", and "Osymandius (spelling?)".

Also, "Trees" ("I think that I shall never see, a poem lovely as a tree"), "Solitude" (Laugh and the world laughs with you, weep and you weep alone, ...),

Or "In Flanders Fields" by John McRae, about soldiers buried in Flanders Fields in France during WWI. It's worth quoting in full:

In Flanders Fields the poppies blow

Between the crosses, row on row,

That mark our place; and in the sky,

The larks, still bravely singing, fly,

Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago,

We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,

Loved, and were loved, and now we lie

In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:

To you from failing hands we throw

The torch, be yours to hold it high.

If ye break faith with us who die

We shall not sleep, though poppies grow,

In Flanders fields.

February 22, 2006
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Thanks for getting back to me guys, sorry it's took some time. Mostly everyone that you have mentioned I have come across and I love them and I'd like to state also that the last to lines of the robert frost poem ''stopping by woods on a snowy evening'' the last to lines and miles to go before I sleep was actually the lines of a young englishman friend of frosts/poet himself who helped him finish the poem with the last stanza, great combo I think. I have been writting since the age of 16 now I'm 18 and I still write but not as much but the first time I read poetry it was breathtaking some of the words just hit me and I couldn't believe how poetry can have such an impact on how you feel!

February 22, 2006
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I Love Poem!

This is my very favourite:

"The Childrens' Hour" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Between the dark and the daylight
When the night is beginning to lower
Comes a pause in the day's occupations
That is known as the Childrens' Hour
I hear in the chamber above me
The patter of little feet
The sound of a door that is opened
And voices soft and sweet

From my study I see in the lamplight
Descending the broad hall stair
Grave Alice, and laughing Allegra,
And Edith with Golden hair
A whisper and then a silence
Yet I know by their merry eyes
They are plotting and planning together
To take me by surprise

A sudden rush from the stairway
A sudden raid from the hall!
By three doors left unguarded
They enter my castle wall;
They climb up into my turret
O'er the arms and back of my chair
If I try to escape they surround me;
They seem to be everywhere

They almost devour me with kisses
Their arms about me entwine
Till I think of the Bishop of Bingen
In his mouse-tower on the Rhine
Do you think, oh, blue eyed Banditti
Because you have scaled the wall
Such an old moustache as I am
Is not a match for you all?

February 26, 2006
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This is my first post on this site.I was excited to see this question, because we all need to hear this one sometimes. Please choose your own gender.
The Lady in the Glass.

When you get what you want in your struggle for self,
And the world makes you queen for a day,
Go to the mirror and look at yourself,
And see what that lady has to say.

For it isn't your mother or father or husband,
Whose judgement upon you must pass,
The lady whose verdict counts most in your life
Is the one staring back from the glass.

Some people may think you're a straight-shootin' chum,
And call you a wonderful guy,
But the lady in the glass says you're only a bum,
If you can't look her square in the eye.

You may fool the whole world down your pathway of years,
And get pats on the back as you pass,
But your final reward will be heartache and tears,
If you've cheated the lady in the glass.
Author Unknown

February 27, 2006
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This poem addresses standing up for things we believe in by Martin Niemöller:

When they came for the communists,
I remained silent;
I was not a communist.

When they locked up the social democrats,
I remained silent;
I was not a social democrat.

When they came for the trade unionists,
I did not speak out;
I was not a trade unionist.

When they came for the Jews,
I did not speak out;
I was not a Jew.

When they came for me,
there was no one left to speak out.

We can switch any terms for what has a meaning to our personal lives, but the message remains the same through time and circumstances.

February 27, 2006
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I forgot to include the title,
"And Then They Came For Me".

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