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Maikuru
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9/11/2009 4:48:41 PM
Posted: 7 years ago
Poetry has always been a passion of mine (reading, not writing) and hopefully others here on DDO. Post some of your favorites here =D

1. "Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening" by Robert Frost: http://www.ketzle.com...

2. "Ulysses" by Alfred Lord Tennyson: http://www.poetry-online.org...

3. "Walking Around" by Pablo Neruda: http://oldpoetry.com...
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9/11/2009 5:38:25 PM
Posted: 7 years ago
I assume I can include epic poetry?

Odyssey, Homer

Aeneid, Virgil
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9/20/2009 4:00:49 PM
Posted: 7 years ago
I'm a huge fan of Emily Dickinson.

I died for beauty, but was scarce
Adjusted in the tomb,
When one who died for truth was lain
In an adjoining room.

He questioned softly why I failed?
"For beauty," I replied
"And I for truth,--the two are one;
We brethren are," he said.

And so, as kinsmen met a night,
We talked between the rooms,
Until the moss had reached our lips,
And covered up our names.


That's just one that I have always liked.
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9/20/2009 4:42:41 PM
Posted: 7 years ago
I don't know much about poetry but I have always loved The Tempest by William Shakespeare, which is actually a sonet, but close enough I hope.
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9/20/2009 4:51:14 PM
Posted: 7 years ago
The Unknown Citizen comes to mind.
It came to be at its height. It was commanded to command. It was a capital before its first stone was laid. It was a monument to the spirit of man.
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10/31/2009 9:52:32 PM
Posted: 7 years ago
Alexander Pope, "Essay on man" and Walt Whitman Song of Myself.

I'm not usually too interested in poetry, but Pope is extremely engaging in this poem in trying to place "man" in the Universe, and interesting in his contradictions, and Whitman basically tries to explain man, in a much more experience driven way.
"He who does not know how to put his will into things at least puts a meaning into them: that is, he believes there is a will in them already."

Metaphysics:
"The science.. which deals with the fundamental errors of mankind - but as if they were the fundamental truths."
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11/4/2009 2:26:18 PM
Posted: 7 years ago
At 10/31/2009 12:46:34 PM, audrina1000 wrote:
homers book

Duff, I Hardly Knew Thee. Brilliant book.

My favourite poet is Bob Dylan:

It's Alright, Ma (I'm Only Bleeding)

Darkness at the break of noon
Shadows even the silver spoon
The handmade blade, the child's balloon
Eclipses both the sun and moon
To understand you know too soon
There is no sense in trying.

Pointed threats, they bluff with scorn
Suicide remarks are torn
From the fool's gold mouthpiece
The hollow horn plays wasted words
Proves to warn
That he not busy being born
Is busy dying.

Temptation's page flies out the door
You follow, find yourself at war
Watch waterfalls of pity roar
You feel to moan but unlike before
You discover
That you'd just be
One more person crying.

So don't fear if you hear
A foreign sound to your ear
It's alright, Ma, I'm only sighing.

As some warn victory, some downfall
Private reasons great or small
Can be seen in the eyes of those that call
To make all that should be killed to crawl
While others say don't hate nothing at all
Except hatred.

Disillusioned words like bullets bark
As human gods aim for their mark
Made everything from toy guns that spark
To flesh-colored Christs that glow in the dark
It's easy to see without looking too far
That not much
Is really sacred.

While preachers preach of evil fates
Teachers teach that knowledge waits
Can lead to hundred-dollar plates
Goodness hides behind its gates
But even the president of the United States
Sometimes must have
To stand naked.

An' though the rules of the road have been lodged
It's only people's games that you got to dodge
And it's alright, Ma, I can make it.

Advertising signs that con you
Into thinking you're the one
That can do what's never been done
That can win what's never been won
Meantime life outside goes on
All around you.

You lose yourself, you reappear
You suddenly find you got nothing to fear
Alone you stand with nobody near
When a trembling distant voice, unclear
Startles your sleeping ears to hear
That somebody thinks
They really found you.

A question in your nerves is lit
Yet you know there is no answer fit to satisfy
Insure you not to quit
To keep it in your mind and not fergit
That it is not he or she or them or it
That you belong to.

Although the masters make the rules
For the wise men and the fools
I got nothing, Ma, to live up to.

For them that must obey authority
That they do not respect in any degree
Who despise their jobs, their destinies
Speak jealously of them that are free
Cultivate their flowers to be
Nothing more than something
They invest in.

While some on principles baptized
To strict party platform ties
Social clubs in drag disguise
Outsiders they can freely criticize
Tell nothing except who to idolize
And then say God bless him.

While one who sings with his tongue on fire
Gargles in the rat race choir
Bent out of shape from society's pliers
Cares not to come up any higher
But rather get you down in the hole
That he's in.

But I mean no harm nor put fault
On anyone that lives in a vault
But it's alright, Ma, if I can't please him.

Old lady judges watch people in pairs
Limited in sex, they dare
To push fake morals, insult and stare
While money doesn't talk, it swears
Obscenity, who really cares
Propaganda, all is phony.

While them that defend what they cannot see
With a killer's pride, security
It blows the minds most bitterly
For them that think death's honesty
Won't fall upon them naturally
Life sometimes
Must get lonely.

My eyes collide head-on with stuffed graveyards
False gods, I scuff
At pettiness which plays so rough
Walk upside-down inside handcuffs
Kick my legs to crash it off
Say okay, I have had enough
What else can you show me?

And if my thought-dreams could be seen
They'd probably put my head in a guillotine
But it's alright, Ma, it's life, and life only.
"Let me tell you the truth. The truth is, 'what is'. And 'what should be' is a fantasy, a terrible terrible lie that someone gave to the people long ago. The 'what should be' never did exist, but people keep trying to live up to it. There is no 'what should be,' there is only what is." - Lenny Bruce

"Satan goes to church, did you know that?" - Godsands

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11/4/2009 2:30:02 PM
Posted: 7 years ago
Bob Dylan is fantastic :)

I took a road trip to see him perform last summer and got stoned at his concert lol.
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Puck
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11/4/2009 2:31:22 PM
Posted: 7 years ago
At 10/1/2009 9:45:05 PM, tmhustler wrote:
Fire and ice Jack Frost
quote the raven nevermore

Poe is definitely favorite

The Lake, is my favourite of his.

-sung version.
Puck
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11/4/2009 2:36:32 PM
Posted: 7 years ago
I agree with some others here on choices, I would add E.E Cummings, T.S. Elliot.

THE HOUR-GLASS

by: Ben Jonson (1572-1637)
O but consider this small dust, here running in the glass,
By atoms moved.
Could you believe that this the body was
Of one that loved?

And in his mistress' flame playing like a fly,
Turned to cinders by her eye?
Yes, and in death as life unblest,
To have't expressed,
Even ashes of lovers find no rest.
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11/4/2009 2:37:41 PM
Posted: 7 years ago
At 11/4/2009 2:30:02 PM, theLwerd wrote:
Bob Dylan is fantastic :)

I took a road trip to see him perform last summer and got stoned at his concert lol.

Haha sh*t yeah. I've seen him twice now, but never been stoned for it. :( The first time was with my dad and the second time we flew down so couldn't take any yahndi.

Of course, he's not even a very good performer any more, but I will continue to go to his gigs just to be in the presence of true greatness for that short while. :D

Lwerd, have you seen this movie: http://en.wikipedia.org...

If not, I strongly recommend it. Like, really strongly recommend it. Forget that it was widely panned by critics upon its release, critics don't know sh*t. Pull six billies and throw it on, you will not regret it. I warn you though, it takes at least two watches to really get the story, but it is quite philosophical, funny and has some great Dylan concert footage. I really think you'd dig it.
"Let me tell you the truth. The truth is, 'what is'. And 'what should be' is a fantasy, a terrible terrible lie that someone gave to the people long ago. The 'what should be' never did exist, but people keep trying to live up to it. There is no 'what should be,' there is only what is." - Lenny Bruce

"Satan goes to church, did you know that?" - Godsands

"And Genisis 1 does match modern science... you just have to try really hard." - GR33K FR33K5
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11/4/2009 2:39:41 PM
Posted: 7 years ago
At 11/4/2009 2:36:32 PM, Puck wrote:
I agree with some others here on choices, I would add E.E Cummings, T.S. Elliot.

THE HOUR-GLASS

by: Ben Jonson (1572-1637)
O but consider this small dust, here running in the glass,
By atoms moved.
Could you believe that this the body was
Of one that loved?

And in his mistress' flame playing like a fly,
Turned to cinders by her eye?
Yes, and in death as life unblest,
To have't expressed,
Even ashes of lovers find no rest.

That's pretty cool but I don't think I get it. I never get poetry and I wish I did. :(

What about William Blake? I never really get into poetry but a mate of mine went to the army and left me all his books, one of which was a complete works of William Blake. He's got some very cool stuff indeed.
"Let me tell you the truth. The truth is, 'what is'. And 'what should be' is a fantasy, a terrible terrible lie that someone gave to the people long ago. The 'what should be' never did exist, but people keep trying to live up to it. There is no 'what should be,' there is only what is." - Lenny Bruce

"Satan goes to church, did you know that?" - Godsands

"And Genisis 1 does match modern science... you just have to try really hard." - GR33K FR33K5
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11/4/2009 2:44:40 PM
Posted: 7 years ago
At 11/4/2009 2:39:41 PM, leet4A1 wrote:

What about William Blake? I never really get into poetry but a mate of mine went to the army and left me all his books, one of which was a complete works of William Blake. He's got some very cool stuff indeed.

Songs of Innocence/Experience, I've read. Not bad for a crazy mystic. ^^
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11/4/2009 2:56:07 PM
Posted: 7 years ago
Epic Poem - Divina Commedia - Dante Alighieri (In Latin)

Random Poem
"I envy because of the heart."
"I glutton because of the heart."
"I covet because of the heart."
"I am prideful because of the heart."
"I sloth because of the heart."
"I rage because of the heart."
"Because of the heart,"
"I lust for everything about you."
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5/12/2010 10:58:00 AM
Posted: 6 years ago
i like God made a man,,,,but i don't remember the name of the author...
there are greater things in life than to brood and feel dejected all the time
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5/12/2010 11:05:05 AM
Posted: 6 years ago
Dulce Et Decorum Est

Bent double, like old beggars under sacks,
Knock-kneed, coughing like hags, we cursed through sludge,
Till on the haunting flares we turned our backs
And towards our distant rest began to trudge.
Men marched asleep. Many had lost their boots
But limped on, blood-shod. All went lame; all blind;
Drunk with fatigue; deaf even to the hoots
Of disappointed shells that dropped behind.

GAS! Gas! Quick, boys!-- An ecstasy of fumbling,
Fitting the clumsy helmets just in time;
But someone still was yelling out and stumbling
And floundering like a man in fire or lime.--
Dim, through the misty panes and thick green light
As under a green sea, I saw him drowning.

In all my dreams, before my helpless sight,
He plunges at me, guttering, choking, drowning.

If in some smothering dreams you too could pace
Behind the wagon that we flung him in,
And watch the white eyes writhing in his face,
His hanging face, like a devil's sick of sin;
If you could hear, at every jolt, the blood
Come gargling from the froth-corrupted lungs,
Obscene as cancer, bitter as the cud
Of vile, incurable sores on innocent tongues,--
My friend, you would not tell with such high zest
To children ardent for some desperate glory,
The old Lie: Dulce et decorum est
Pro patria mori.

Wilfred Owen
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5/12/2010 1:00:54 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
A random one:

--
We know you as InsertNameHere, though in truth your name is Jannah.
We want you to stay, because for this site you are like mana.
What would become of the men that admire you?
Cerebral, Banker, Reasoning, Panda, Koopin even that prat Zetsubou.
What of the lades of alternate tastes?
To whom your absence would be a waste.
This site of full of jerks and trolls but don't let that stop you.
If they force you to leave then that would be quite poo.
We are swamped by Godless libertarianism.
We need your strange blend of socialist Mohamadeanism.
For you to leave now would seem rather wussy.
We will no longer see you face, nor your beautiful kitty.
http://www.debate.org...
--

-Cerebral_Narcissist
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5/12/2010 1:03:50 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 5/12/2010 1:00:54 PM, Mirza wrote:
A random one:

--
We know you as InsertNameHere, though in truth your name is Jannah.
We want you to stay, because for this site you are like mana.
What would become of the men that admire you?
Cerebral, Banker, Reasoning, Panda, Koopin even that prat Zetsubou.
What of the lades of alternate tastes?
To whom your absence would be a waste.
This site of full of jerks and trolls but don't let that stop you.
If they force you to leave then that would be quite poo.
We are swamped by Godless libertarianism.
We need your strange blend of socialist Mohamadeanism.
For you to leave now would seem rather wussy.
We will no longer see you face, nor your beautiful kitty.
http://www.debate.org...
--

-Cerebral_Narcissist

Hahaha. xD
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5/13/2010 4:31:06 AM
Posted: 6 years ago
Hehe... good stuff.
I am voting for Innomen because of his intelligence, common sense, humility and the fact that Juggle appears to listen to him. Any other Presidential style would have a large sub-section of the site up in arms. If I was President I would destroy the site though elitism, others would let it run riot. Innomen represents a middle way that works, neither draconian nor anarchic and that is the only way things can work. Plus he does it all without ego trips.
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5/13/2010 4:44:55 AM
Posted: 6 years ago
The most epic poem ever!

This is the title


This is a poem, self-referential:
tricky to write, and reading it's worse;
still, it's a form with massive potential.
This is a line concluding the verse.

Now a new stanza, slickly poetic
takes up the theme the former let drop.
(This is a line that's all parenthetic.)
This is a colon: this is a stop.

This is a comma, this is a clause, and
this are a lines, what's grammar be wrong.
Here's an ellipsis marking a pause … and
this is a line nine syllables long.

Now it's verse four — oh what a bonanza!
Thirty-two words, no less and no more
make up the lines that make up the stanza.
This is the sentence ending verse four.

This is a verse explaining the meter
dactyls and trochees make up the feet;
as a refinement, making it neater,
every fourth trochee's left incomplete.

Dactyls and trochees alternate neatly,
but for the beats I happen to miss:
this line breaks the rules of the meter completely
and so, of course, does this.

Poets in times to come are my debtors:
this is a form whose merits are clear.
Here is a line with thirty-one letters.
front. to back got that's line a is Here

This is a verse that's utterly risible,
rather more hard to read than you'd think:
half of this line's com
that's ‘cos I used invisible ink.

This was a line that used the wrong tense; and
this is a question, wouldn't you say?
Wurble a flarp that doesn't make sense; and
voici une ligne écrite en français.

This is the thought that ends my recital:
poems like this should start a new trend.
This is the title: "This Is The Title";
this is the line that goes at the end.

Written by PODBLACK
GRAND POOBAH OF DDO

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5/13/2010 4:47:01 AM
Posted: 6 years ago
Dream

Where the mountains touch the sky

Where poets DREAM, where eagles fly

A secret place above the crowds

Just beneath marshmallow clouds

Lift your eyes to a snowy peak

And see the soon- to- be we seek

Whisper DREAMS and let them rise

To the mountains old and wise

Climbers climb, it's time to try

Where the mountains touch the sky

Take me there. Oh take me now

Someway, Someday, Somewhere, Somehow

Where the ocean meets the sky

Where mermaid dance and seagulls fly

A place in DREAMS I know so well

The sea inside a single shell

Far across the living sea

A pale blue possibility

Beyond the castles made of sand

Tomorrow in a small child's hand

Only DREAMERS need apply

Where the ocean meets the sky

Take me there. Oh take me now

Someway, Someday, Somewhere, Somehow

Where the forests reach the sky

Men are equal and doves still fly

No thorns of war, a perfect rose

This is where the green grass grows

Out beyond the crystal stream

Like Dr. King I have a DREAM

Imagine such a goal in sight

For red and yellow, black and white

Whisper now, let the DREAM begin

It's time to trust the truth within

This is where we seek and find

A gift in being colorblind

Dream on Dreamers, hopes are high

Where the forests reach the sky

Take me there. Oh take me now

Someway, Someday, Somewhere, Somehow

Now, listen close, the future calls

"Build your bridges and tear down walls! "

For time has taught and so it seems

Realities are born of DREAMS!
GRAND POOBAH OF DDO

fnord