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Lord Yupa

February 2010

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Favorite poets?

I go through phases of intensely directed interest. I'll be working on or thinking about something, and something completely different will catch my attention like a bear trap, holding tight.

Once this happens, I become extremely interested in this topic, and I endeavor to read, learn, discuss, experience, etc, as much as possible about what I'm interested in.

This usually lasts anywhere from a few weeks, to a few months, before I find my quest for knowledge satiated (at least temporarily).

I picked up a book of poetry the other day at the book store, and it's renewed my interest, which I haven't really indulged in for pushing six or seven years now.

So, this is a request for suggestions. I'm looking for favorite poets, favorite poems, and most specifically, if possible, favorite books of poetry. These can be collections of poems by various poets, or volumes by a single author.

If you could toss in a little information on work or volume, I'd especially appreciate it. It doesn't need to be a thorough analysis, but just something to get me interested, or a little bit about why *you* like it.

Thanks for your help. ;-)


I like poetry from the WWI period. You can pretty much judge when a poet was killed in action by the degree of optimism he exhibits for Defending the Honour of England. God Save The King and all that.

Rupert Brooke died within months after he enlisted. He wrote that horribly saccharine poem about how where his blood falls on foreign soil, there will be a part of said soil that will be "forever England." Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon (sp?) lived long enough to become rather embittered about what they perceived as the country's deliberate manipulation of young men's emotions and ideals. John McCrae wrote the poem about how "in Flanders' fields, the poppies grow..."

I'll try to think of some more to tell you about later.

Here's an interesting discussion of the poppies.
i've always loved e.e. cummings
*big* fan of e.e.cummings. Check out the poem "she being Brand ...(XIX)" I'll just say it's about cars and sex. Hope that grabs your attention. *laughs*

One of the reasons I like e.e. so much, is because of his unusual phrasing and punctuation.
And just cause I love ya, here's my favourite poem by him:

"silently if,out of not knowable"

silently if,out of not knowable
night's utmost nothing,wanders a little guess
(only which is this world)more my life does
not leap than with the mystery your smile

sings or if(spiraling as luminous
they climb oblivion)voices who are dreams,
less into heaven certainly earth swims
than each my deeper death becomes your kiss

losing through you what seemed myself,i find
selves unimaginably mine;beyond
sorrow's own joys and hoping's very fears

yours is the light by which my spirit's born:
yours is the darkness of my soul's return
- you are my sun,my moon,and all my stars
I'm extremely fond of Allan Ginsberg, particularly his most famous work, Howl.

I also like Ogden Nash.


I like Robert Frost and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
I also go and read amatuer(sp?) poetry at www.poetry.com where you can also post your own poetry. Hope I helped!

I also go through phases of intense interest, but I call it 'temporary addiction' because it never lasts long!

Have a Happy Day
- easily_addicted