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04-07-2006, 09:13 PM
Who is your favorite poet (yes, you can only pick one, so think carefully) and why?

Give examples. Discuss.

04-08-2006, 08:08 AM
What if we can't pick just one? Will you whip us with wet noodles?

William Haskins
04-08-2006, 07:56 PM
dylan thomas

04-08-2006, 08:55 PM
Wilfred Owen.

Betjeman runs a close second, though, if only for 'Death in Leamington'.

04-08-2006, 09:00 PM
Bukowski - because I don't like traditional poetry.

04-08-2006, 09:55 PM
Edgar Allen Poe

dark, moody, somewhat twisted.

04-08-2006, 11:50 PM
Just downstream from Dylan Thomas, James k Baxter.


Prayer of priest or nun I cannot use,
The songs of His house He has taken away from me;
As blind men meet and touch each other's faces
So He is kind to my infirmity;
As the cross is lifted and the day goes dark
Rule over myself He has taken away from me.

A Pair of Sandals
A pair of sandals, old black pants
And leather coat ó I must go, my friends,
Into the dark, the cold, the first beginning
Where the ribs of the ancestor are the rafters
Of a meeting house ó windows broken
And the floor white with bird dung ó in there
The ghosts gather who will instruct me
And when the river fog rises
Te ra rite tonu te Atua ó
The sun who is like the Lord
Will warm my bones, and his arrows
Will pierce to the centre of the shapeless clay of the mind.

04-08-2006, 11:53 PM

He's groovy.

04-08-2006, 11:55 PM
There is no way I could just pick one, so:

Alfred Noyes for The Highwayman.

Or W H Auden for his Night Mail, written for the 1936 GPO documentary about the Scottish mail train.

Or John Masefield for his Cargoes, or for his Sea-Fever.

Or, - well there are so many arenít there?

I just wish I'd paid more attenton to English Lit. at school.

And I havenít even begun to study the American poets yet.

Any suggestions?

04-08-2006, 11:59 PM
Not to mention the rest of the world...

04-09-2006, 07:10 AM
Langston Hughes, but Countee Cullen is a close, close second. Harlem Renaissance poets were masters in the art of writing poetry in the image of jazz and the blues.

04-09-2006, 09:43 AM
I haven't read enough poetry to know ^_^;