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i need a bit of help
Posted by: winter_kiss (---.dialup.beggstelco.net)
Date: December 01, 2003 10:47PM

i love poetry but am not quite sure where to start i have been to many websites and found many i loved but did not seem to click..if anyone out there would like to share a few of their own fav's to help me along i would be ever so thankful
Thank you,
Winter


Re: i need a bit of help
Posted by: IanB (---.tnt11.mel1.da.uu.net)
Date: December 02, 2003 08:47AM

Winter, this is very broad. To attract some responses which might give you the help along that you want, can you be more specific? Do you need poems for a particular purpose? What kind of poetry do you like best? Can you cite a few examples of those you say you loved, which still didn't 'click' for you, and say in what you found them lacking? Maybe I could then suggest something you would like better.

If your aim is simply to expand your awareness of good poems, the Internet may not be the easiest place to start looking without guidance. There's so much rubbish out there. You will however find some fine poems (as well as some duds) if you browse through the Classical Poet List referred to at the top of this thread.
Another website worth visiting is The Wondering Minstrels [www.cs.rice.edu] . They issue a different poem, with comments, almost every day.
You could also browse some anthologies, perhaps starting with one devoted to the poets of the country you are living in.

Don't be dismayed if you find that most of the poems in such collections don't appeal to you. That's normal. Most published poetry falls short of perfection. Everyone's taste in poetry is personal, and although you will surely broaden your taste by reading widely, you will be doing well if, at first, you find one poem in twenty that you really like.


Re: i need a bit of help
Posted by: *Winter* (---.dialup.beggstelco.net)
Date: December 02, 2003 09:36AM

well..i am glad someone tried helping me... i did not mean to fall into poetry this way ... my love is really for short stories but i seem to be a bit old to do this ..from the poems i have found they are all very sad ..like about a death...i do not have that much time to explain to you more right now i have to go to school and i have around 5 hours of homework a night thank you for responding to my plea for help
Winter


Re: i need a bit of help
Posted by: *Winter* (---.dialup.beggstelco.net)
Date: December 02, 2003 09:36AM

well..i am glad someone tried helping me... i did not mean to fall into poetry this way ... my love is really for short stories but i seem to be a bit old to do this ..from the poems i have found they are all very sad ..like about a death...i do not have that much time to explain to you more right now i have to go to school and i have around 5 hours of homework a night thank you for responding to my plea for help
Winter


Re: i need a bit of help
Posted by: Marian-NYC (---.nyc1.dsl.speakeasy.net)
Date: December 02, 2003 12:41PM



Bed in Summer

In winter I get up at night
And dress by yellow candlelight.
In summer, quite the other way,
I have to go to bed by day.

I have to go to bed and see
The birds still hopping on the tree,
Or hear the grown-up people's feet
Still going past me in the street.

And does it not seem hard to you,
When all the sky is clear and blue,
And I should like so much to play,
To have to go to bed by day?

--Robert Louis Stevenson


Re: i need a bit of help
Posted by: appgrrl (---.student.appstate.edu)
Date: December 02, 2003 06:45PM

I have no idea when I first started reading poetry. I mean, almost every kid had to read "The Fog" by Carl Sandburg because it was in our reading books. And while I really liked that poem, still do, I don't think I got very involved in poetry until I hit high school. Some poems I stumbled across, some poets I heard about and looked for their poems. A good place to start is with the classics, but don't expect to like all of them. Another place to look is in anthologies where there are a lot of different poets and just go through them haphazardly. One of my favorites is The Oxford Book of American Light Verse. Personally, I steer clear of long poems that require me to think more than they make me feel. I'm sure that I'm missing out on some great poetry, but that style just isn't my cup o' tea. I don't think you should just jump into poetry and expect to be bombarded with poems that you absolutely love. I think that you just have to slide in gradually, and great poems will almost come to you.


Re: i need a bit of help
Posted by: Pam Adams (134.71.192.---)
Date: December 03, 2003 07:40PM

Try clicking on the 'Random Poem' link on the main page. It's a good way to introduce yourself to what's in the archives. [www.emule.com] />
pam


Re: i need a bit of help
Posted by: Jean-Paul (205.233.28.---)
Date: December 03, 2003 09:15PM

This site is a very good start

"I "Love Summer more than I hate Winter"


Re: i need a bit of help
Posted by: rcpollitz (---.236.91.100.ptr.us.xo.net)
Date: December 08, 2003 05:31PM

There are many different types of poetry and some fit the mood better than others. If you are looking for poetry to critique, stay were you are. If your looking for poetry that causes you to reflect on life, don't be afraid to try the starlite cafe.com. The poetry there is by amatuers but some of it, albet a small percentage is quite good. It all reflects the many moods of the authors whose lives like their poetry are often imperfect.

Samples from rcpollitz at the starlite;


For Love of the Dragon

The armored knight was a child of the earth,
and the dragon, a tenant of the air,
Would it be that the two should meet,
a friendship formed so rare.
The dragon once alit on ground,
became a maiden fair,
With flowing arms where once were wings,
with sun kissed flaxen hair.
They danced upon an elfinís grave,
one unturned mossy stone.
They vowed to never walk apart,
to wander not alone.
"Oh fatuous knight of all Iíve found,
that claim to favor me,
Would you lift me into the air,
that I might again soar free."
Beneath the slowly spreading oaks,
the knight was seen to cry.
As he took the maiden by the hand,
she vaulted towards the sky.
Once again the dragon flew,
with the knight still held in tow.
His armor dropped back to the ground,
then the dragon let him go.
But the knight surprised, refused to fall,
his arms turned into wings.
Together they were tenants of the air,
as the element of love would bring.
Their love would soar, as high as they,
as true love ever found.
Child of the earth, and tenant of the air,
in love forever bound.


Robin

The cock of her head,
The upturn of coal black eyes,
She has noticed me...

Sarah 14

Like a storm seeking passage over the mountains,
She seethes as she seeks to flow unrestrained.
An endless cycle of assault ensues.
She attempts to force a path to freedom.
Troubled and unsettled she rages.
What event caused such undulating feelings is unspoken.
Like a tornado tearing across the plains, there is no sympathy.
No one is untouched as she hammers them with hail.
Electric fires flashing, she quickly lashes out in her fury,
Striking all who refuse to cower or seek shelter.
Unaware, unable to comprehend, she seeks release from the storm demons,
But she fears the calm that takes away her power.


Re: i need a bit of help
Posted by: Ineke (---.tiscali.nl)
Date: December 09, 2003 03:09PM

Adlestrop
by Edward Thomas

Yes, I remember Adlestrop --
The name, because one afternoon
Of heat the express-train drew up there
Unwontedly. It was late June.

The steam hissed. Someone cleared his throat.
No one left and no one came
On the bare platform. What I saw
Was Adlestrop -- only the name

And willows, willow-herb, and grass,
And meadowsweet, and haycocks dry,
No whit less still and lonely fair
Than the high cloudlets in the sky.

And for that minute a blackbird sang
Close by, and round him, mistier,
Farther and farther, all the birds
Of Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire.




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