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Modern poetry the best of all?

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dragonpoe
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25 posted 03-28-2001 05:02 PM       View Profile for dragonpoe   Email dragonpoe   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for dragonpoe

There are some great classic poets out there, but I have found that some are very hard to read, the language, for one is so different that it makes it too difficult to feel the emotions in the poem, which I believe is the soul of poetry, no emotion, no poem.  Here, you read poetry from peers of all ages and characteristics and you can relate. That's important.  Don't give up on reading older poetry, I love Lord Byron and Tenyson, and have read some great poetry that has taught me most of what I try to follow.

With the word, I am mighty, with the pen I am free..
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26 posted 03-30-2001 03:02 AM       View Profile for biggestal   Edit/Delete Message     View IP for biggestal

Hi one and all.....just joined the group and would like to throw my pennyworth into this particular pot.....i get a bit edgy when i see people expending time and energy trying to order or rank things, as, basically,there's no such animal as an absolute, objective, best of anything.......what there are is horses for courses as we are definitely in the realms of subjective judgement......the concept of "best" raises more questions than it answers....best in what respect?......best for whom?.......for me reading and writing is about the simple love of language and there are things to be learnt, pleasures to be gleaned, from digesting a wide range of material and styles from the deft wit of Lewis Carroll to the ponderous roll of John Milton........personally, i'd rather spend time reading around than waste it playing with a pointless and futile toy such as the "ratings game"...............

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27 posted 03-31-2001 11:37 PM       View Profile for Severn   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Severn

Not all ranking is a waste of time...I think Allan raised a really pertinent question out of a genuine quest for expanding his knowledge...

anywho - welcome to passions biggestal...

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Nan
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28 posted 04-01-2001 09:26 AM       View Profile for Nan   Email Nan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nan's Home Page   View IP for Nan

Hey Allan - Don't tell anyone this, OK?

I was teaching high school English.. frantically looking through the English Literature text for a few poems that I could use to teach rhyme scheme and meter in my classes... What I found appalled me.  They had some of the "classics" - but very few in proportion to the number of "modern" verses that were included.  As a rule, the "modern" stuff just didn't have the same quality of structure, imagery, or content.

I was so disgruntled, I decided that "I" could do better than those "modern" writers.. Arrogant attitude, eh?... So I started writing... and I've never stopped...
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29 posted 04-01-2001 09:29 AM       View Profile for Nan   Email Nan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nan's Home Page   View IP for Nan

One more thing - Passions DEFINITELY has a number of poets who are equally as good as the "classical" writers....
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Hi Allan, well thanks for replying to my post so encouragingly. And to put my 5 cents in here, I think I like both, classic and contemporary poetry. I have some favorite writings from everyone from Shakespeare to Sunshine on passions. My favorite from more recent years, is Rod McKuen, he is an incredibly talented man, pick up some of his stuff in a used books tore, you will be surprised how similar it is to the free verse writings of today. He rarely rhymes,
so its a different style the those that do. Some of Shakespeares Sonnets are wonderful, and Lonfellow has some amazing works, I read Evangeline in high school, its a book length poem, just amazing.
I appreciate all poetry, but of course some of it appeals to me more than others. And I do agree with you that some of the poets at passions are easily as talented as the ones now regarded as classic. (Just not discovered yet  lol)
Peace
Sandra
 
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