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Every year at my school, a English poetry contest takes place. I want to take part to it this year. You have to pick a poem of English language and declaim it before a jury. I'm still looking for a poem, so if you know a poem that you particularly like, I'm interested.
Two years ago I did an extract from Asphodel, by William Carlos Williams.

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The Old Vicarage Grantchester

http://www.englishverse.com/poems/th...e_grantchester
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Dulce et Decorum Est, it's the only one I know.. from english lit gcse days.
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Roses are red,
Violets are blue.
I have a gun.
Get in the van.
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I always liked Evening Hawk, by Robert Penn Warren

From plane of light to plane, wings dipping through
Geometries and orchids that the sunset builds,
Out of the peak's black angularity of shadow, riding
The last tumultuous avalanche of
Light above pines and the guttural gorge,
The hawk comes.

His wing
Scythes down another day, his motion
Is that of the honed steel-edge, we hear
The crashless fall of stalks of Time.

The head of each stalk is heavy with the gold of our error.

Look! Look! he is climbing the last light
Who knows neither Time nor error, and under
Whose eye, unforgiving, the world, unforgiven, swings
Into shadow.

Long now,
The last thrush is still, the last bat
Now cruises in his sharp hieroglyphics. His wisdom
Is ancient, too, and immense. The star
Is steady, like Plato, over the mountain.

If there were no wind we might, we think, hear
The earth grind on its axis, or history
Drip in darkness like a leaking pipe in the cellar.
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"To his coy mistress" is the best poem out there. :colone:. I fell in love with it

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Ionic liminality
Slender columns topped with
Simple scrolls
As clear as Aphrodite’s brow
As ineluctable as syllogism
Each column concealing a nymph
Syrinx slender
Frozen stone ode
Take me to the temple
At Sounion
To cool my midnight mind
In smooth marble
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Ionic liminality
Slender columns topped with
Simple scrolls
As clear as Aphrodite’s brow
As ineluctable as syllogism
Each column concealing a nymph
Syrinx slender
Frozen stone ode
Take me to the temple
At Sounion
To cool my midnight mind
In smooth marble
Is this your own poem?
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Ionic liminality
Slender columns topped with
Simple scrolls
As clear as Aphrodite’s brow
As ineluctable as syllogism
Each column concealing a nymph
Syrinx slender
Frozen stone ode
Take me to the temple
At Sounion
To cool my midnight mind
In smooth marble
I really dislike postmodernism (how can you have poetry without metre).

I love the metaphysical poetry of John Donne:
A Burnt Ship

Out of a fired ship, which by no way
But drowning could be rescued from the flame,
Some men leap'd forth, and ever as they came
Near the foes' ships, did by their shot decay;
So all were lost, which in the ship were found,
They in the sea being burnt, they in the burnt ship drown'd.
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(Original post by Are you Shaw?)
I really dislike postmodernism (how can you have poetry without metre).

I love the metaphysical poetry of John Donne:
A Burnt Ship

Out of a fired ship, which by no way
But drowning could be rescued from the flame,
Some men leap'd forth, and ever as they came
Near the foes' ships, did by their shot decay;
So all were lost, which in the ship were found,
They in the sea being burnt, they in the burnt ship drown'd.
that does not seem terribly metaphysical :confused::confused:
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that does not seem terribly metaphysical :confused::confused:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metaphy...ysical_conceit

John Donne is grouped as a metaphysical poet.
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(Original post by Are you Shaw?)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metaphy...ysical_conceit

John Donne is grouped as a metaphysical poet.
which is curious if his poems are not metaphysical, no ?
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Ulysses Lord Tennyson
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Dr Seuss.

I'm serious!!
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(Original post by the bear)
which is curious if his poems are not metaphysical, no ?
Hey take it out on Samuel Johnson not me!
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Hey take it out on Samuel Johnson not me!
hehehe
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I've always loved the Jabberwock poem from Alice In Wonderland - Lewis Caroll.
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hehehe
:p: He just means metaphysical in the abstract sense rather than an enquiry into substance and being (or so I assume)
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(Original post by Are you Shaw?)
:p: He just means metaphysical in the abstract sense rather than an enquiry into substance and being (or so I assume)
well the poem you posted seems very un-abstract indeed... just like a newspaper report of a ship on fire. am i missing some deep message ?
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well the poem you posted seems very un-abstract indeed... just like a newspaper report of a ship on fire. am i missing some deep message ?
It's about the inevitability of death.
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