Discussion in 'Poetry' started by Freekske, May 27, 2006.

  1. Freekske

    Freekske Member

    Lately I've been reading some poetry, and I'm really starting to like it. But I kinda ran out of poems to read, could you guys suggest any good poets or poems for a beginner. I like poems about anything really, but poems about nature I enjoy the most I guess.
  2. TrippinBTM

    TrippinBTM Ramblin' Man

    You gotta check out Robert Frost, he's my favorite poet. http://plagiarist.com/poetry/poets/44/

    Mary Oliver has a lot of good nature poems. http://plagiarist.com/poetry/poets/134/

    And Willian Blake is also really good, it's more spiritual than about nature but I love it. I like "Songs of Innosence" and "Songs of Experience" the best, so far. The "illuminated" books of his are amazing, you can see them at this link: http://www.blakearchive.org/blake/indexworks.htm

    Cool site because you can zoom in if you need to, to help you read it. Still, it might be good to find a text-only version to read along with. But don't skip the illuminated ones altogether, because they're beautiful and worth looking at.
  3. Freekske

    Freekske Member

    Thanks a lot, I'll check them out ASAP
  4. Edgar Allen Poe
  5. Freekske

    Freekske Member

    Wow robert frost is great, just brilliant, my new favorite poet. Mary Oliver is also great to but not as brilliant as robert. William Blake is good but is my least favorite but id still good. I only read a couple so maybe I'll discover some hidden treasures[​IMG].

    Thanks for introducing me to them.
  6. stalk

    stalk Banned

    lawrence ferlinghetti
    gregory corso
    jim carroll
  7. indian~summer

    indian~summer yo ho & a bottle of yum

    ALLEN GINSBERG <prolly my favoourite poet
    all of the above too some great poets mentioned
    jim morrisons stuff is wikid
    and i like some of margaret atwood's poetry
  8. steely_j

    steely_j Member

  9. Yeah. You don't really go wrong with the Beats.

    I also really like Charles Bukowski and Gary Snyder. All of the beats had their own feel and rhythm and their own very distinct writing styles and influences, though.

    Walt Whitman is also very good.
  10. WH Auden. Some of his stuff is absolutely brilliant.
  11. ripple23

    ripple23 Member

    all the stuff other people have said is welll and good but it's mostly pretty cliche american stuff, if you want another kind of passion with words look outside of american poetry, believe me.

    start with Federico Garcia Lorca... and go from there :p
  12. hippywitch

    hippywitch Member

    Jim Morrison is my #1 favorite poet. I also write poetry.:)

  13. FreeBird1969

    FreeBird1969 Fleas on their paws.

    I always liked to read Rod McKuen when I first started out reading poetry...It's real easy and formulated like Frost.
  14. Vrinda Dready

    Vrinda Dready Member

    also check out Hafiz, rabia, and Rumi.

    happy reading
  15. neohippie101

    neohippie101 Member

    walt whitman
  16. mrsmorrison27

    mrsmorrison27 yoda piss

    robert frost
    jim morrison
    jewel (her poetry is beautiful and honest)
  17. mrsmorrison27

    mrsmorrison27 yoda piss

    oh yes and thich nhat han (sp?) hes a buddhist, and he has alot of nature poems that are beautiful!! check him out
  18. TrippinBTM

    TrippinBTM Ramblin' Man

    It's Thich Nhat Hahn, and yeah he's good. So is Rumi, from what I've seen. As far as foreign (non-American) poetry, I don't know tons because I only speak English, but I have read some translations of Pablo Neruda and it's definitely good stuff. Charles Baudelaire has some interesting works too.
  19. steel_bubbles

    steel_bubbles Member

    Edgar Allan Poe is a great poet, but I dont think he'd be the best for a beginner.
    Emily Dickinson is a pretty decent poet too, i like a lot of her works.
    Robert Frost is a great poet.
    William Blake is great.
    M.D. Burke

    GHOSTCRAB Banned

    Rumi speaks directly to the thirsts of the spirit and to the thirsts of the world. Let these words fly through time to someone coming,you know who you are. This love has nibbled on your ear,whispering secrets that don't make sense to anyone else. Where is this poem going? It's late,our master's eyes have closed in sleep, the musician's play softly but stay with me, friends,stay. Guard these words like gold.You are shining stars, every one of you. Now go and find you your sun!

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