Favorite poets and their works

Discussion in 'Poetry' started by Deidre, Jul 1, 2018.

  1. hotwater

    hotwater Senior Member

    Henry David Thoreau,

    Every day I strolled to the village to hear some of the gossip which is incessantly going on there, circulating either from mouth to mouth, or from newspaper to newspaper, and which,
    when taken in homeopathic doses, was really as refreshing in its own way as the rustle of leaves and the peeping of frogs.
     
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  2. YouFreeMe

    YouFreeMe HipForums Supporter

    I like this poem, too. But it gives me the chills--especially the last stanza.

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  3. YouFreeMe

    YouFreeMe HipForums Supporter

    "Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?" Oof.

    And this line is quite timely:

    "The best lack all conviction, and the worst are full of passionate intensity."
     
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  4. McFuddy

    McFuddy Never quite zen

    I never knew that last quote was from this poem. Do you have to know the author?

    Parts certainly sound familiar but I'm not placing any of it.
     
  5. YouFreeMe

    YouFreeMe HipForums Supporter

    W.B. Yeats
     
  6. The Hymn Of Man (Khalil Gibran)

    I was,
    And I am.
    So shall I be to the end of time,
    For I am without end.

    I have cleft the vast spaces of the infinite, and
    Taken flight in the world of fantasy, and drawn nigh
    To the circle of light on high.
    Yet behold me a captive of matter.
    I have hearkened to the teachings of Confucius,
    And listened to the wisdom of Brahma, and sat
    Beside the Buddha beneath the tree of knowledge.
    Behold me now contending with ignorance and
    Unbelieving.

    I was upon Sinai when the Lord showed Himself
    To Moses. By the Jordan I beheld the Nazarene's
    Miracles. In Medina I heard the words of the
    Apostle of Arabia.

    Behold me now a prisoner of doubt.
    I have seen Babylon's strength and Egypt's glory
    And the greatness of Greece. My eyes cease not
    Upon the smallness and poverty of their works.
    I have sat with the witch of Endor and the priests
    Of Assyria and the prophets of Palestine, and I cease
    Not to chant the truth.

    I have learned the wisdom that descended on
    India, and gained mastery over poetry that welled
    From the Arabian's heart, and hearkened to the
    Music of people from the West.
    Yet am I blind and see not; my ears are stopped
    And I do not hear.

    I have borne the harshness of insatiable
    Conquerors, and felt the oppression of tyrants and the
    bondage of the powerful.
    Yet am I strong to do battle with the days.
    All this have I heard and seen, and I am yet a
    Child. In truth shall I hear and see the deeds of
    Youth, and grow old and attain perfection and
    Return to God.

    I was,
    And I am.
    So shall I be to the end of time,
    For I am without end.
     
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  7. Deidre

    Deidre Follow thy heart

    What a beautiful man he was ^^
     
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  8. Meliai

    Meliai Senior Member

    And death shall have no dominion.
    Dead man naked they shall be one
    With the man in the wind and the west moon;
    When their bones are picked clean and the clean bones gone,
    They shall have stars at elbow and foot;
    Though they go mad they shall be sane,
    Though they sink through the sea they shall rise again;
    Though lovers be lost love shall not;
    And death shall have no dominion.

    And death shall have no dominion.
    Under the windings of the sea
    They lying long shall not die windily;
    Twisting on racks when sinews give way,
    Strapped to a wheel, yet they shall not break;
    Faith in their hands shall snap in two,
    And the unicorn evils run them through;
    Split all ends up they shan't crack;
    And death shall have no dominion.

    And death shall have no dominion.
    No more may gulls cry at their ears
    Or waves break loud on the seashores;
    Where blew a flower may a flower no more
    Lift its head to the blows of the rain;
    Though they be mad and dead as nails,
    Heads of the characters hammer through daisies;
    Break in the sun till the sun breaks down,
    And death shall have no dominion.

    Dylan Thomas
     
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  9. Meliai

    Meliai Senior Member

    this one is so succinctly beautiful it hurts

    Clown in the Moon by Dylan Thomas


    My tears are like the quiet drift
    Of petals from some magic rose;
    And all my grief flows from the rift
    Of unremembered skies and snows.

    I think, that if I touched the earth,
    It would crumble;
    It is so sad and beautiful,
    So tremulously like a dream.
     
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  10. quark

    quark Parts Unknown

    Beans beans the magical fruit
    The more you you eat
    The more you toot
     
  11. Meliai

    Meliai Senior Member

    If by Rudyard Kipling

    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 impostors 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 worn-out 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 breathe 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!
     
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  12. Deidre

    Deidre Follow thy heart

    “Tremulously.” That’s a good word.
     
  13. We Never Left Egypt
    (To my sons and my daughters)

    We never left Egypt
    We were slaves
    And we’ve stayed slaves
    With no bread
    Not because we had to hurry
    But because there is no cash
    To spend in the corner shop

    Pharaoh
    Is still alive and rules us
    Him, his eunuch and his trusted three
    In the counting house

    The slavery is modern
    The hunger the same hunger

    You said there won’t be another
    Flood
    (Frankly, I don’t get why
    If it’s all the same to you, consider that
    Again) so at least
    You’d shake the earth
    You’d split the sea

    An old woman on a bench
    Under your heaven, the work of your fingers: a moon
    A guy looking for a meal
    Like a cat on the rubbish heap

    Dust and dung
    And no revival

    We never left Egypt
    And I don’t intend to lie
    To my sons and my daughters
     
  14. MeAgain

    MeAgain Dazed and Confused Staff Member Super Moderator

     
  15. MeAgain

    MeAgain Dazed and Confused Staff Member Super Moderator

    Nothing in the cry
    of cicadas suggests they
    are about to die
    - Basho​
     
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  16. Deidre

    Deidre Follow thy heart

    I looooove this.

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  17. McFuddy

    McFuddy Never quite zen

    Yo this is ominous af.
     
  18. Meliai

    Meliai Senior Member

  19. Deidre

    Deidre Follow thy heart

    Mina Loy
     
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