Monday, April 5, 2010

Books By Theme: My favorite poets...

In honor of National Poetry Month, I thought I'd share some of my favorite poets' best lines (in my humble opinion)...

Fondly I ponder You all:
without you I couldn't have managed
even my weakest of lines.
- from "A Thanksgiving"

yours is the light by which my spirit's born:
yours is the darkness of my soul's return
-you are my sun,my moon,and all my stars

There is so much silence between the words,
you say. You say, The sensed absence
of God and the sensed presence
amount to much the same thing,
only in reverse.
You say, I have too much white clothing.
You start to hum.
Several hundred years ago
this could have been mysticism
or heresy. It isn't now.
Outside there are sirens.
Someone's been run over.
The century grinds on.
-from "In the secular night"

...the portait show seems to have no faces in it at all, just
you suddenly wonder why in the world anyone ever did them
I look
at you and I would rather look at you than all the portraits in 
the world...
-from "Having a Coke with you"

Who are your favorite poets?


Serena said...

ee cummings is one of my favorite poets as well. Thanks for sharing these. If you want, please add your link to my Mr. Linky post for the National Poetry Month Blog tour here:

emily said...

I really like Emily Dickindon:]

Anna said...

Emily Dickinson is my all time favorite, but I also like Sylvia Plath, Robert Frost, John Keats, to name a few.

I'll have to check out Atwood's poems.

Diary of an Eccentric

Natalie said...

I'll have to check out these poets! Personally, my two favorites are Edgar Allan Poe and T.S. Eliot. :)

Zibilee said...

These snippets are wonderful! Thanks so much for posting them! Having read them, I feel like I have been bitten by the urge to read some more poetry.

Lisa said...

I don't read much poetry but I always love it when someone will find really good examples for me to enjoy. Thanks!

Veens said...

This must be the poetry month!
I am not sure who my fav poet is... as i have not read much of poetry!

But I like the snippets you have featured here!

JaneGS said...

What a great post--I especially liked the ee cummings lines.

My favorite poets? I'm partial to sonnets, so I like Edna St. Vincent Millay and John Keats a lot.

bibliophiliac said...

Rainer Maria Rilke, Elizabeth Bishop, Adrienne Rich, C.K. Williams, Theodore Roethke -- just a few poets I love. Also, William Shakespeare (Sonnet 116) and William Wordsworth (The World is Too Much with Us)....

claire said...

Thanks for dropping by my blog. :)

Cummings and Auden are also my faves! Also love Robert Frost and so many others.

Rebecca Reid said...

I have never appreciated e.e. cummings, the ones I've read, but I LOVE the lines you share about. Sigh. I just need to keep reading more poetry, is all! This is a great tribute to poetry month; thanks for sharing.

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