World Poetry Day: What's your favourite poem?

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For those who are unaware, today (21st March) is World Poetry Day! And what a wonderful opportunity to discuss the event; were you aware of it? And is your university or school doing anything to celebrate?

And more to the topic, what's your favourite poem, and why? :insert:
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(Original post by shadowdweller)
For those who are unaware, today (21st March) is World Poetry Day! And what a wonderful opportunity to discuss the event; were you aware of it? And is your university or school doing anything to celebrate?

And more to the topic, what's your favourite poem, and why? :insert:
I love World Poetry Day!

My favourite poem is by William Blake, and it's called To see a world:


To see a World in a Grain of Sand

And a Heaven in a Wild Flower,

Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand

And Eternity in an hour.



A Robin Redbreast in a Cage

Puts all Heaven in a Rage.

A dove house fill’d with doves and pigeons

Shudders Hell thro’ all its regions.

A Dog starv’d at his Master’s Gate

Predicts the ruin of the State.

A Horse misus’d upon the Road

Calls to Heaven for Human blood.

Each outcry of the hunted Hare

A fiber from the Brain does tear.



He who shall train the Horse to War

Shall never pass the Polar Bar.

The Beggar’s Dog and Widow’s Cat,

Feed them and thou wilt grow fat.

The Gnat that sings his Summer song

Poison gets from Slander’s tongue.

The poison of the Snake and Newt

Is the sweat of Envy’s Foot.



A truth that’s told with bad intent

Beats all the Lies you can invent.

It is right it should be so;

Man was made for Joy and Woe;

And when this we rightly know

Thro’ the World we safely go.



Every Night and every Morn

Some to Misery are Born.

Every Morn and every Night

Some are Born to sweet delight.

Some are Born to sweet delight,

Some are Born to Endless Night.

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For those who are unaware, today (21st March) is World Poetry Day! And what a wonderful opportunity to discuss the event; were you aware of it? And is your university or school doing anything to celebrate?

And more to the topic, what's your favourite poem, and why? :insert:
My favourite poem is "Aedh Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven" by W.B. Yeats:

Had I the heavens' embroidered cloths,
Enwrought with golden and silver light,
The blue and the dim and the dark cloths
Of night and light and the half light,
I would spread the cloths under your feet:
But I, being poor, have only my dreams;
I have spread my dreams under your feet;
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.

Its one of my favourites because I think its absolutely beautiful.
Another one of my favourites would also be "We Wear the Mask" by Paul Laurence Dunbar.
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a post off reddit is by far my favourite poem...

"When Little Timmy went to school
And mastered one to nine,
He thought the other kids were cool,
And every class divine.
He painted shapes in red and blue,
And drew in curves and bends -
And by the time the day was through,
He'd made a hundred friends!
'I'm pals with Pete, and Mike, and Max!'
He told his pa with pride.
But Timmy's folks were anti-vax.
And Timmy f*****g died. "

Just made me burst out laughing
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Probably Auld Lang Syne because I'm a soppy Scot and from the same hometown as Rabbie Burns :teehee:
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A pretty good range so far here! Does anyone else have a poem they'd like to add?
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Still I rose Maya Angelou
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