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Skyfyre
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0 posted 07-16-2001 07:49 PM       View Profile for Skyfyre   Email Skyfyre   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Skyfyre

One of my favorites that comes to mind is from Auden's "In Memory of W. B. Yeats" (if you haven't read this, DO!):

"What instruments we have agree
The day of his death was a dark, cold day."

Now I admit that these lines lose a good deal of their power without the body of the poem to back them up, but the fact remains that when I think of this poem or of Yeats, these are the lines that spring to mind.

What are some of the most memorable lines you've ever read?


... what if the Hokey Pokey really IS what it's all about ...?

hush
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1 posted 07-17-2001 01:40 AM       View Profile for hush   Email hush   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for hush

"I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness......" (and so forth, I'd be typing all night if I wanted to hit all the wow-worthy lines in Howl... it's basically the entire poem.)

"If I had a soul I sold it
for pretty words" (After Lalon)

-both by Allen Ginsberg

everything's fine.

Janet Marie
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2 posted 07-17-2001 12:28 PM       View Profile for Janet Marie   Email Janet Marie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Janet Marie

"Nothing Gold Can Stay"
~Robert Frost~

so much truth and wisdom encompassing all the cycles of both mankind and Earth spoken in so few perfect and poetic words.
So understatedly profound

When your own emptiness is all thats getting through
There comes a point when youre not sure why youre still talking
I passed that point long ago

catalinamoon
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3 posted 07-17-2001 01:33 PM       View Profile for catalinamoon   Email catalinamoon   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit catalinamoon's Home Page   View IP for catalinamoon

By William Wordsworth not sure of title

"What though the radiance that was once so bright
be forever taken from my sight"

Won't quote more but this poem has haunted me since (don't laugh), I heard it recited to someone on my favorite soap, back in 71.

Sandra

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4 posted 07-17-2001 02:38 PM       View Profile for brian madden   Email brian madden   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for brian madden

Below my window the wakening trees,
Hacked clean for better bearing, stand defaced
Suffering their brute necessities;
And how should the flesh not quail, that span for span
Is mutilated more?

from
Mirror in February by Thomas Kinsella.

"Here I am in prison,here I am with a ball and chain There is whiskey in the jar-o" Traditional irish song.

Ron
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(Pssst, Sandra... It's this one)
Michael
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6 posted 07-17-2001 06:15 PM       View Profile for Michael   Email Michael   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Michael

Just a few from Poe's "Introduction to Romance":

"While in the wild-wood I did lie
A child - with a most knowing eye."

"I could not love except where Death
Was mingling his with Beauty's breath -
Or Hymen, Time, and Destiny
Were stalking between her and me."

"An idle longing night and day
To dream my very life away."

"But dreams - of those who dream as I,
Aspiringly, are damned, and die."

and one line from Poe's "Alone"

"And all I've lov'd - I've lov'd alone -"
Michael

[This message has been edited by Michael (edited 07-17-2001).]

Skyfyre
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7 posted 07-19-2001 03:25 AM       View Profile for Skyfyre   Email Skyfyre   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Skyfyre

"Good fences make good neighbors"

From Mending Fences, by Frost.



 
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