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Sven
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0 posted 07-07-2001 06:23 PM       View Profile for Sven   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Sven

Well, it's one that I hope is new. . .

I'd like to know what was the one poem that you read that made you say to yourself, "I can do that."

The one poem that made you decide to write, to become a poet. . .

For me, it was e e cummings' "somewhere i have never travelled". . . I knew that if I could reach that level and depth of love, then I would indeed be a writer. . . I have a long way to go. . . but I'm getting there. . .

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1 posted 07-07-2001 07:44 PM       View Profile for Marshalzu   Email Marshalzu   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Marshalzu's Home Page   View IP for Marshalzu

The first time I read Rudyard Kiplings "If" I almost choked with emotion and I just thought to myself I wouldn't mind being able to do that and i've been trying ever since.
Zu

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2 posted 07-07-2001 09:45 PM       View Profile for Alicat   Email Alicat   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Alicat

Good question, Sven. Can't really say I was inspired by any poem or thought after reading one 'I can do that'....it just sorta happened one day back in August of 1989. I was writing a letter to a friend, and it subtly changed on me. Think I still got a copy of that one in my Blue Archives...have to go to Oregon someday soon and get that one out of storage...
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A poem I read in COsmopolitan Magazine about 20 years ago, called Aquarian Awakening After Sundown. Spectacular poem. The author, obviously a pseudonym (Verandah Porche) But that poem stayed with me, to this day. I have it written inside one of my fav books so I won't lose it. Course I cannot find anything else the author did. Isn't it an odd place to find a poem so special?
The other, more well known is Rod McKuen "Listen to the Warm"
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4 posted 07-08-2001 12:09 AM       View Profile for serenity blaze   Email serenity blaze   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for serenity blaze

I don't think it was a reaction of "I can do that" but more like "that's exactly what I feel"---and again, I cite Don Marquis, not a premiere poet, but a newspaper man who "invented" characters of poetry.

For me?

Don Marquis--"The lesson of the moth"
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No poem, really, having been turned off to poetry by a young prof (I use the term loosely) in college.  So I wasn't reading poetry back them.  But I was inspired to explore and to express myself by an anthropologist, thinker, essayist and poet writing at that time.  Loren Eiseley.  I was reading his essays then, not his poetry.  
So why do I write poetry?  Can't answer that, really.  Near as I can tell, though, it's a matter of language.  

"As soon as the generals and the politicos can predict the motions of your mind, lose it."     Wendell Berry

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Tichborne's Elegy
Author, I forgot
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I cant remmeber a time I HAVENT written...so it wasnt anyone who inspred me to become a poet...I just AM a poet.......
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8 posted 07-08-2001 07:17 AM       View Profile for Michael   Email Michael   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Michael

Well, the poem that first made me write was "Alone" by Edgar Allan Poe.  I don't think it made me say "I can do that" but the poem literally brought me to tears as a fifteen year old boy.  I swore that I must have been Poe reincarnated after reading it; that it was me he was writing the poem about...

and it was the first time in life I knew I was not alone in my aloneness.


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Oh, and Dopey,

That was written by Chidiock Tichborne, himself, in 1586 when he was 18.  He was imprisoned in the Tower of London and wrote the poem just before his execution.

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Thanks for the author's name.....yea i knew about his execution and it was written just before. That's one of the reasons why I loved it so much.
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Micheal, I am also a great fan of that poem. It really touched me, and I felt that it described me perfectly.

That, however, isn't the poem that got me into this mess!   (I discovered "Alone" much later, after I was writing) This poem didn't make me say "I can do that", but it really made me look into writing more than I had before. It was 7th grade and we read Robert Frost's "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening" and the teacher asked us to interpet it. I saw it as a weary traveler on the road of life, wanting to stop but not being able to because there were "miles to go before I sleep". That poem is why, if you read my writing, you'll notice a lot of symbolism. It's what made me love poetry, and that's what I love to write!  

"Men judge generally more by the eye than by the hand, for everyone can see and few can feel."-Machiavelli

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I don't actually remember reading any poetry when i was little(r).. and I wrote from when i was about 6 years old.. although, I can't find any of the poems I wrote from then, and they are mostly acrostic cutsie poems about things like Christmas.. but I had a teacher, when I was.. um must have been.. when I was about 8years old.. and she encouraged me to write.. If I hadn't had her as a teacher, i don't think I would have started writing at all.. I didn't write poetry then, and not really until a couple of years later, but I still didn't really read any others.. I think the first ones I remember reading would have been some seasonal poetry, by several poets, and although I enjoyed them, none of them really inspired me.. but I guess it was when I looked out the window, just after we'd been told we were to write a poem describing something we saw when we went outside, and I found so many things i wanted to describe, that I really started being a poet..   Now I read anything I can get my hands on.. but I do like Emily Dickinson's poetry..

“One word can be magical. Imagine then, the effect of several words, together..”

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It was a poem written by my girlfriend about ten years ago..she woke in the middle of the night and wrote her first poem..i remember it was about finding something in a chest in the attic..and than i wrote a poem and we started a poetry club. My first contact with poetry was in the seventh grade..My teacher was ms.Mooney and she introduced me to Longfellow first..The Village Blacksmith.
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I will be completely honest because I think this thread demands that kind of thing.

What first got me interested in poetry was Vincent Price on "The Hilarious House of Frightenstein" which I used to watch as a child.  Every episode my favourite part was when it would show him on the balcony and he'd deliver some kind of absurd and amusing rhyme.  I idolized that guy, and I wanted to write poetry just like his, so I started making cute little rhyming poems for myself.

And now here I am, just over a decade later, with so much to thank Mr. Price for.

Faith is a fine invention
When gentlemen can see
But microscopes are prudent
In an emergency.
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15 posted 07-18-2003 06:21 PM       View Profile for Child of the Stars   Email Child of the Stars   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Child of the Stars

Whoa, you'd think I'd remember something this important to me. But I can't recall a particular poem, or poet, besides Emily Dickinson's "Hope"...I idolized her just after I started writing poetry, but my infatuation has slowly sunk away. I was well-exposed to poetry when I was a kid (well, a littler kid) through the masters Silverstein and Seuss...I owe a lot of my regard for meter to those chaps. But it wasn't until my experiences here in the blue pages that I "decided" to become a poet.

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Seuss.  Then again, there was that one by Robert Frost that I had to read in grade 8 and I fell in love with the images that that one brought to my mind. I'm not sure which one it is, I have it around here somewhere. Actually now that I think about it, it was in grade 10 that I really started to write poetry... All because of a school assignment. Huh, who'd have thought that my grade 10 teacher would have started me on an addiction that I just can't get enough of?
 
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