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07-10-2010, 10:39 AM
Can anyone help me locate a poem or a quote from literature that has to do with the pieces or fragments that make up a person? I'd prefer if it were fairly well-known, but if it's obscure, that works too. Thanks! :)

Drachen Jager
07-11-2010, 08:50 AM
Well there's typical romantic poetry, "thine eyes shine like the sun." and stuff like that. I'm afraid you'll have to be more specific about the tone you need as I suspect from your choice of words romantic was not what you were going for.

07-11-2010, 09:16 AM
From Norse poem, Havamal:

Deyr fé,
deyja frćndr,
deyr sjálfr et sama;
ek veit einn,
at aldri deyr:
dómr of dauđan hvern.

Dead fief, dead friends; dead self the same
Wit that doesn't die; the dead man's dishonour.

Or that's the closest translation in English following the meter and alliteration scheme.

In a more literal translation:

Cattle die, friends die; he must die too
I know what doesn't die; the dead man's reputation

This poem list parts of a man's pride. Might work, might not.

07-11-2010, 09:29 AM
By pieces that make up a person did you mean something like, mind, body, soul, or mind and heart, or conscious and subconscious...? Or more like body parts? Or personality facets, i.e. sides of a person...?

Miss Plum
07-13-2010, 02:44 AM
Try "Nude Descending a Staircase" by X.J. Kennedy.


07-14-2010, 10:02 AM
If it's a romance you could reference the Roy Croft poem Love, it's pretty well known. It's about not being complete/whole until a lover's hand guides the way.
Not knowing the context it's hard to provide the appropriate answer.
Sorry I couldn't be more helpful... good luck :)

07-15-2010, 06:11 AM
What a piece of work is a man, how noble in reason, how
infinite in faculties, in form and moving how express and
admirable, in action how like an angel, in apprehension how like
a god! the beauty of the world, the paragon of animals—and yet,
to me, what is this quintessence of dust? Man delights not me—
nor woman neither, though by your smiling you seem to say so.

Kitty Pryde
07-15-2010, 06:22 AM
Dudes! I Sing The Body Electric! http://bartleby.net/142/19.html