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Most admired Poet ? (1 Viewer)


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As the poetry section in this board is rather big, i`d like to know whom you like best as a writer of Poetry. Mine is Omar Khayyam:

Some for the Glories of This World; and some
Sigh for the Prophet's Paradise to come;
Ah, take the Cash, and let the Promise go,
Nor heed the rumble of a distant Drum!


Senior Member
William Blake... Jasmine Foxflame... and the stuff i find on the toilet walls are sometimes quite good!

and of cause i like most of my own work


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Ogden Nash - William Blake (Tyger Tyger) - Dr. Suess - Rudyard Kipling (If) - Pauline E. Johnson (Canadian) - Robert Service (The Cremation of Sam Magee) - an ancient Irish poem with an unknown author - etc - etc - etc. I'd have trouble picking a favourite.


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William Blake
Emily Dickenson

Probably my favorite poem is by Robert Lewis Stevenson:
It truly grasps the concept of a child's imagination.

The Land Of Nod

From breakfast on through all the day
At home among my friends I stay,
But every night I go abroad
Afar into the land of Nod.

All by myself I have to go,
With none to tell me what to do --
All alone beside the streams
And up the mountain-sides of dreams.

The strangest things are there for me,
Both things to eat and things to see,
And many frightening sights abroad
Till morning in the land of Nod.

Try as I like to find the way,
I never can get back by day,
Nor can remember plain and clear
The curious music that I hear.


My favourite poets would have to be:

Auden, Shakespeare and Poe....

~ Wayne Ser ~


I would have to say that my favorite is Edgar Allen Poe. I love the poems "The Raven" and "Eldarado."


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William Blake . . .

To see a world in a grain of sand,
and heaven in a wildflower
to hold infinity in the palm of your hand
and eternity in an hour


While I'm mostly indifferent to poetry, there are some poets who are undeniably great. My personal favorites are . . .

Wordsworth, ("We Are Seven")

Robert Browning ("Porphyria's Lover," "Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came")

Elizabeth Barret Browning ("The Cry of the Children")

Alfred, Lord Tennyson ("The Lotus Eaters")

Poe, ("The Raven")

In short, I think all the ancient poets--especially Victorians--are better than modern poets. Though I've yet to read TS Eliot, I know I'll love his poetry.

I'm supposed to choose one, eh? I suppose I'd have to go with Robert Browning. He's extremely morbid. Porphyria's Lover, is probably my favorite; it seems like a standard love poem gone horribly wrong. And "Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came" is the poem that inspired Stephen King's Dark Tower series.

Browning is the poet I most admire, I guess.

EDIT: Today, I read Yeats for the first time, and especially enjoyed his "The Stolen Child," which is quoted in the movie Artificial Intelligence:

Come away, O human child,
To the waters and the wild,
With a faery, hand in hand,
For the world's more full of weeping than you can understand.


Sonia Sanchez

Poem No. 3

i gather up
each sound
you left behind
and stretch them
on our bed.
each nite
i breathe you
and become high.

I also admire Maya Angelou for being a strong, independent woman.
Rumi or Jelaluddin Balkhi is very inspiring.


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I love all of Edgar Allan Poe's poems. He is the first poet who inspired me and influenced me greatly with his writing. I think he is a genius sometimes. ^^; I also admire Emily Dickinson, Percy Bysshe Shelley, John Keats (of course, we share the same birthday hehe), and William Shakespeare.


Blake- "augeries of innocence"
doctor seuss
arthur rimbaud
ginsberg- "howl" "america"
...also if you consider lyricists poets, then i would say bob dylan, and everyone should check out ian curtis and shannon hoon

...for example


Yeats. Dark Aevin "The Stolen Child" was the first poem by Yeats that I read

"Where dips the rocky highland,
of Sleuth wood in the lake
There lies a leafy island...."

The first poetry book I ever owned was a book of Selected Yeats poems when I was studying poetry in school, it is now quite a battered and old looking book probably due to the amount of times I have picked it up to read from it.

I have the benefit of living in Ireland so have been able to see some of the place Yeats has talked about. I went on a boat trip once in Sligo and the man quoted Yeats poems. It was brilliant. I think he started off by quoting The Lake Isle of Innisfree

"I will arise and go now..."

I am also obsessed with the history of Ireland especially the Easter Rising in 1916. I am quite intrigued by Yeats' changing ideals towards politics. I think thats all we focused on when we studied Yeat's poetry at school.

My fvaourite poems are... "When you are old", "Easter 1916" and "the Wild Swans at Coole"

Other poets I like:
Walter de la Mare, I asked my parents to read me this poem every night before I went to bed when I was younger:

The Listeners
"Is anybody there?" said the Traveler,
Knocking on the moonlit door;
And his horse in the silence chomped the grasses
Of the forest's ferny floor.
And a bird flew up out of the turret,
Above the traveler's head:
And he smote upon the door a second time;
"Is there anybody there?" he said.
But no one descended to the Traveler;
No head from the leaf-fringed sill
Leaned over and looked into his gray eyes,
Where he stood perplexed and still.
But only a host of phantom listeners
That dwelt in the lone house then
Stood listening in the quiet of the moonlight
To that voice from the world of men:
Stood thronging the faint moonbeams on the dark stair
That goes down to the empty hall,
Hearkening in an air stirred and shaken
By the lonely Traveler's call.
And he felt in his heart their strangeness,
Their stillness answering his cry,
While his horse moved, cropping the dark turf,
'Neath the starred and leafy sky;
For he suddenly smote the door, even
Louder, and lifted his head:--
"Tell them I came, and no one answered,
That I kept my word," he said.
Never the least stir made the listeners,
Though every word he spake
Fell echoing through the shadowiness of the still house
From the one man left awake:
Aye, they heard his foot upon the stirrup,
And the sound of iron on stone,
And how the silence surged softly backward,
When the plunging hoofs were gone.


WF Veterans
Yes, I've always enjoyed the poem written above.

Also, I'm supprised that Robert Frost was not mentioned once.

"The woods where lovey, dark and deep"


Pablo Neruda is my absolute favorite poet, followed by Poe and Wordsworth.

My favorite Neruda poem is "I Do Not Love You Except Because I Love You." From Poe, it's "Eldorado" or "The Raven." From Wordsworth, definately "I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud."

I Do Not Love You Except Because I Love You
I do not love you except because I love you;
I go from loving to not loving you,
From waiting to not waiting for you
My heart moves from cold to fire.

I love you only because it's you the one I love;
I hate you deeply, and hating you
Bend to you, and the measure of my changing love for you
Is that I do not see you but love you blindly.

Maybe January light will consume
My heart with its cruel
Ray, stealing my key to true calm.

In this part of the story I am the one who
Dies, the only one, and I will die of love because I love you,
Because I love you, Love, in fire and blood.


Senior Member
E. E. Cummings and Robert Frost are 2 poets I admire. Perhaps it is because Eric Whitacre has created some of his best music already from their poetry.