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Songbird
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0 posted 02-05-2000 01:28 AM       View Profile for Songbird   Email Songbird   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Songbird's Home Page   View IP for Songbird

I was thinking that it would be interesting to see all the different famous poet that were the favorites of the people who post their poems here. If you are reading this tell us who your favorite famous poet is and a brief description why, maybe any include a favorite title of the one you like the most.   So beings I asked this question, I will go first and tell you, my favorite one is Emily Dickinson, she was never famous until after her death when her sister discovered her work and the first volume was published four years after her death. Her poems are usually of short length and very simply say alot.   Now it's your turn.
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1 posted 02-05-2000 02:24 AM       View Profile for poetry_kills   Email poetry_kills   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit poetry_kills's Home Page   View IP for poetry_kills

picking a favorite poet would be like picking a favorite cuisine... there are so many different spices and flavors from which to choose... if i was forced though, i'd probably say Samuel Taylor Coleridge... ever since i first read Kubla Khan i've been enchanted by it... i know that i could never in my lifetime produce something as visually, rhythmically, and poetically pleasing as he did in those few dream-like stanzas...

sincerely,
jerome the boy with no brain

 A savage place! as holy and enchanted
As e'er beneath a waning moon was haunted
By woman wailing for her demon-lover!
~Coleridge

jascanvey
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2 posted 02-05-2000 05:38 PM       View Profile for jascanvey   Email jascanvey   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for jascanvey

My favourite is Byron's When We Two Parted. It summed up my life then as it does now. I copied it from a friends book about 10 years ago and I still keep it to hand and read it frequently, it's a masterpiece to me!!

Julie.
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3 posted 02-06-2000 04:51 PM       View Profile for LoveBug   Email LoveBug   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for LoveBug

Well, I have two favorites. The first is Edgar Allen Poe's "Annebel Lee", basiclly because I can relate to loving someone that much. The second is Robert Frost. I like "Two roads diverged" (I think that's the title), because I try to take "the road less traveled by".

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4 posted 02-07-2000 01:23 PM       View Profile for Sven   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Sven

I have about 10 or so!  LOL. . .but I will give you my top 5. . .how about that?

In no particular order. . .

1. e e cummings--the master himself. . .took poetry to its limits and back. . . I can think of no greater love poem than "somewhere i have never travelled. . ."

2. Emily Dickinson--sometimes I think that if she were alive today, she and I would be friends. . . with our skewed views of the world and hopeless romanticism. . .

3. Rumi--if you've never read the great Sufi poet. . . you're missing out.  There's a new interest in his poetry, take a look!

4. Pablo Neruda--if there's an ispiration for most of my love poems, it's from him. . .I remember first reading 100 Love Poems. . . I hope to love like that someday

5. Ogden Nash--who could turn the English language into his own pesonal pallate?  Nash could of course!!

So, there you go. . . now I bet you're wondering. . . how does he combine all of those?  Well, you'd have to meet me to know!

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 That which gives light must endure burning
--Victor Frankl

X Angel
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5 posted 02-07-2000 10:23 PM       View Profile for X Angel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for X Angel

Hi all   Tho't I'd pop in here and throw in a name not many of you might recognize... Sara Teasdale, I like her imagery and the romantic feel her poetry has. I also like Walt Whitman, Henry David Thoreau, alot of old time poets, not many new ones really make me "feel" much. I mean new as in "paid" poets, the people on Passions, the ones who write for the love of writing usually are more likely to make my heart bleed than a book of poetry that I have bought at the local bookshop!
Happy Writing
~X~


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~Eleanor Roosevelt~

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6 posted 02-08-2000 10:55 AM       View Profile for Justbleu   Email Justbleu   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Justbleu's Home Page   View IP for Justbleu

My favorite poem of all time is titled "Witch" but I do not remember who wrote it, my memory wants to say G.A. Burger but I do not know for sure!!  Unfortunately I no longer even have a copy of it!!  

I love Robert Frost's poetry.... Shakespeare's play "As You Like It"!!  I adore love poetry!!  On a darker note... I like Sylvia Plath's writing too!!  But, some of my favorite poems I have found right here at Passions!!  

Anywayz, that is all I can think of at this moment!!  

Bridgette  


 Creation of woman from the rib of Man: She was not made from his head to top him; nor out of his feet to be trampled upon by him; but out of his side to be equal with him, under his arm to be protected, and near his heart to be loved."
Sven
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7 posted 02-08-2000 01:12 PM       View Profile for Sven   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Sven

Yes!!  I too like Sara Teasdale. . .

My favorite of hers is "When I Am Not With You. . . "

Makes me cry everytime I read it. . .

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 That which gives light must endure burning
--Victor Frankl

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8 posted 02-08-2000 02:07 PM       View Profile for JOY 14   Email JOY 14   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit JOY 14's Home Page   View IP for JOY 14

My favorites have to be Emily Dickenson and Robert Frost.  Their poetry is so moving and written in the old English.  I love it.  I also like Walt Whitman, especialy his "Oh, Captain, My Captain"
There are so many others too!  I can't name them all.  This is such a good topic, Septsong, btw.  

Joy
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How odd that my favorite poem is not written by my favorite poet.  The poem is "The Lesson of The Moth," by Don Marquis.  My favorite poet tends to be whomever captures my heart in words at the moment.  Quite often right here at Passions.
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10 posted 02-11-2000 05:00 AM       View Profile for White Wolf   Email White Wolf   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for White Wolf

Favorite poetry....hmmm....Well that would have to be John Milton.  I have been surprised to see that whenever I mention his name nobody knows who he is.  Well he wrote "Paradise Lost" and Paradise Regained".  I really need to read them again, it has been awhile.

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11 posted 02-11-2000 08:50 AM       View Profile for X Angel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for X Angel

Just A FYI note, I have a book by Milton from the early 1800's, it's leatherbound and so so so old! It was handed down to me nby my Grandmother. So I "KNOW" who Milton is  
and I do like his poetry too.
~X~


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Songbird
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12 posted 02-14-2000 12:53 AM       View Profile for Songbird   Email Songbird   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Songbird's Home Page   View IP for Songbird

This is really good, I am really glad to see everyone responding to the question. Your answers are all so interesting. Joy we must be alot alike as you named my two favorite also, Dickenson, and Frost. I do like Edgar Poe also, especially the Raven, met a girl once when I was young that could quote the whole thing. Keep your answers coming!
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13 posted 02-14-2000 02:14 AM       View Profile for White Wolf   Email White Wolf   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for White Wolf

X Angel-  I have a book too.  It was my grandfather's before he died.  I got to look through his books and that was one of the one's I choose.  I just recently found a general copyright date for the book on the internet that dates in the 1850's.  Glad to here that someone else knows of him.  

SD


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Then what is living?

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14 posted 04-03-2000 11:05 AM       View Profile for SorrowsMystress   Email SorrowsMystress   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for SorrowsMystress

My favorite poet of all time has got to be Sylvia Plath. I have read all of her works and (somewhat unfortunately) relate to it all. My favorite poem by her is a toss up between Lady Lazarus and Mad Girls Love Song. She displays such raw, on the edge emotion, and it's a shame she was taken so abruptly. May she rest in peace and I hope she's found happieness somehow! If you haven't read any of her work, I highly suggest you read it as soon as possible
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Ok my favorite poets would be ... to many to name ... so I'll go with my favorites *Edgar Allen Poe- The Raven, Dream within a Dream, and Alone are my favorites of his works
*Emily Dickenson- I'm Nobody, I Could Not Stop For Death
*Maya Angelou- I don't think I could name just one her imagery is fantastic!
*Hilda Doolittle- Sea Rose, Sheltered Garden
Many other favorites, but would take me forever to list them all  

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which makes ink flow
Surround me in
your incandescent glow
Fill my brain with
thoughts and rhyme
As I try to capture
but a moment in time
~Shan~

Michael
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16 posted 04-05-2000 07:36 AM       View Profile for Michael   Email Michael   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Michael

Poe and Lord Byron.

Michael
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17 posted 04-05-2000 12:58 PM       View Profile for Marina   Email Marina   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Marina

William Butler Yeats and the Bronte sisters.  I am a huge fan of Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights.  My favorite book.

Marina
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18 posted 04-05-2000 04:11 PM       View Profile for Nan   Email Nan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nan's Home Page   View IP for Nan

Although I have many, many favorites - Frost, Byron, Coleridge, Keats.... I could go on and on and on....

There is no greater than the "Maestro" - William Shakespeare's work has survived for several hundred years for good reason.  He was the absolute master of form.  He must have "dreamed" in iambic pentameter.... His work is astounding...  



[This message has been edited by Nan (edited 04-05-2000).]
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19 posted 04-05-2000 05:19 PM       View Profile for SweetAznAngel   Email SweetAznAngel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for SweetAznAngel

My favorite poet? I don't have one, but i'd rather think of it as.. my favorite poetS. Which of whom, are my friends. There are many poets among us. Each day we live our lives improvising and we're just like actors, poets, and writers who imiprovise on life itself. We're all imaginative and that's what I see in everyone. Well, here's a good poem by my good friend Leo.

To an Angel~

You and I
Have always shared company with each other
But it was forever to be among a multitude of friends
There was a mystery in your eyes, I so desired to comprehend...
Your eyes smile
Your lips beckon me
Closer

But
I dare not stare too long into your angelic eyes
I am afraid to listen to your sweet voice, or otherwise
I fear...
I won't be able to look the other way
To stand up
And to tear myself away
From you.


 *The best kind of friend is the kind you can sit on a porch, swing with, never say a word, and then walk away feeling like it was the best conversation you've ever had.*
[The essence of romanticism is the ability to wonder and to reflect. In searching the meaning of the known, the human spirit reaches for the unknown, in trying to understand the present it looks to the past and to the future.]
 
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