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    I'm curious as to what people like with regards to poetry. So list your favorite poem and/or poet and maybe a quotation so people can get a feel for the style.

    I'm not well-read in poetry, but I like T.S. Eliot. Reading The Hollow Men in a literature class made me want to read him on my own, so I guess that poem would be a personal favorite. I also like Emily Dickenson, but haven't read any of her poems in a while. I remember also enjoying The Road Not Taken, one of Robert Frost's more famous works.

    Anyway, part of The Hollow Men:


    We are the hollow men
    We are the stuffed men
    Leaning together
    Headpiece filled with straw. Alas!
    Our dried voices, when
    We whisper together
    Are quiet and meaningless
    As wind in dry grass
    Or ratsí feet over broken glass
    In our dry cellar
    You can find the rest here.

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    rodert frost: stopping by woods on a snowy evening



    Whose woods these are I think I know.
    His house is in the village though;
    He will not see me stopping here
    To watch his woods fill up with snow.

    My little horse must think it queer
    To stop without a farmhouse near
    Between the woods and frozen lake
    The darkest evening of the year.

    He gives his harness bells a shake
    To ask if there is some mistake.
    The only other sound's the sweep
    Of easy wind and downy flake.

    The woods are lovely, dark and deep.
    But I have promises to keep,
    And miles to go before I sleep,
    And miles to go before I sleep.

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    Right now it's The lady of Shalott by Tennyson...it's insanely long.

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    Probably have to go with Kipling
    So many good ones, Recessional, Tommy, Danny Deever . . .

    how about some of Hymn Before Action:


    . . .
    For those who kneel beside us
    At altars not Thine own,
    Who lack the lights that guide us,
    Lord, let their faith atone.
    If wrong we did to call them,
    By honour bound they came;
    Let not Thy Wrath befall them,
    But deal to us the blame.
    . . .

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    The Lady of Shalott and Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening are two wonderful poems, I agree. I just completed a semester of British Literature, so I'll have to take a look at the American poets.

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    Edgar Allan Poe. it's a tie between the Raven or Annabell Lee.... I love Edgar allen poe! XD

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    Christabel by Samuel Taylor Coleridge is likely my favorite poem, but my favorite poet is Anne Bradstreet.

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    Oooh, good question. Let's see, I've read Christina Rossettii's "Goblin Market" and right now I'm in the middle of Dante Alighieri's Divine Comedy: Paradiso, I'm loving it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dragsnick View Post
    Edgar Allan Poe. it's a tie between the Raven or Annabell Lee.... I love Edgar allen poe! XD
    I was just about to post about how I don't really have one, until you mentioned Edgar Allen Poe, I KNEW there was someone I was missing.

    My favorite poems by him are "The Raven" of course, and I also like "The Bells"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kxdeadx View Post
    Oooh, good question. Let's see, I've read Christina Rossettii's "Goblin Market" and right now I'm in the middle of Dante Alighieri's Divine Comedy: Paradiso, I'm loving it.
    Ohhhhh, I've always wanted to read the divine comedy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cheetaluver View Post
    I was just about to post about how I don't really have one, until you mentioned Edgar Allen Poe, I KNEW there was someone I was missing.

    My favorite poems by him are "The Raven" of course, and I also like "The Bells"

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    Ohhhhh, I've always wanted to read the divine comedy.
    If English is your first language, or your confident that your English is fluent, I suggest reading the translation from John Ciardi. Not only because it's a good translation, but he was nice enough to leave his notes on every canto. Which GREATLY helps you to understand what's going on.

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