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Bloggers PhotoRetired from the printing business in happily living in Ponchatoula, LA close to my wonderful (and enormous) family. I have three beautiful daughters, seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren, who I spoil rotten because that's my job. The bio picture is me with my oldest grandaughter, Dixie.
My goal is to write a halfway decent poem sometime...My favorite poets are Robert Frost, Edward Arlington Robinson and Wallace Stevens...I have read everything John Steinbeck ever wrote at least three times

Who is Your Favorite Poet, Poets, Poem or Poems?

Blog Posted:3/5/2013 6:14:00 AM
I had always been a strict rhymer until I re-discovered Wallace Stevens... 'Martial Cadenza' (Set during WW1 where he was an army ambulance driver) and 'No Possum, No Sop, No Taters' (about winter) are two of my favorites...I tried to paste them both on this blog but it came out all screwed up (what am I doing wrong, Cyndi?)... So if you would like to read them you'll have go to the internet (highly recommended reading!) If you look up 'Martial Cadenza', please make sure you try to find the complete version...Several sites only had partial versions... Two other favorites would be Robert Frost and the master Sonneteer, Edwin Arlington Robinson (Andrea, you ever heard of him?)
How about ya'll?...What poet, poets, poem or poems are your favorite?...Thanks for reading - Tim
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  1. Date: 3/14/2013 2:04:00 PM
    One poet no one has really mentioned yet is..Walt Whitman - he is definately among my favorites, particullary his set of poems about the civil war. The big work Dona Nobis Pacem by Vaughan Williams features that set of poetry by Whitman. I highly reccomend you listen to the piece - poetry is something most inspiring when set to music. I like Edgar Allen Poe, a good amount of Shakepeare, Also, a lot of poetry from the psalms in the Bible is quite inspiring and beautiful. Anyway, those are some of my favorites.

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    Breidenthal Avatar Laura Breidenthal Date: 3/14/2013 2:10:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Oh, well, someone did mention Whitman, my bad. :)
  1. Date: 3/8/2013 9:06:00 AM
    My favorite poets are on the Soup, always will be. Out with the Soup, it's singers and music writers for me. Koolio blog though Tim. Have a wonderful weekend :)

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  1. Date: 3/6/2013 1:41:00 AM
    Can't say I have just one favourite Tim, quite a number have meant a lot as I've developed in our art.(Crapsey,Williams,Moore, etc ).As you know right now I'm into poetry as spoken art form.My interest is to listen to a poet reading their own work(thereby showing how it was intended to be read) hence the reason I posted ,on youtube, myself reading a recent one of mine(incidentally Carrie has done the same ,catch it if you can folks its first class) Rgds Brian

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  1. Date: 3/5/2013 11:21:00 PM
    William Wordsworth..John keats..William Shakespeare..Robert Frost,Rumi and Pablo Neruda ..: )

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    Chircop  Avatar Charmaine Chircop Date: 3/6/2013 10:31:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Then in that poem there was this verse which i remember 'love is so short and oblivion so long'..Pablo Neruda..yep..Grand :)
    O. Avatar Ruben O. Date: 3/6/2013 12:48:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    "I can write the saddest poem of all tonight./ To think I don't have her. To feel that I've lost her."
  1. Date: 3/5/2013 8:28:00 PM
    many many Tim, I will go with EDGAR A P., Robert Frost, then I will add my poetry soup list here... (not enough space) ~Did you ever read a book called "where the sidewalk ends" !!!!!!!! xox~PD

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  1. Date: 3/5/2013 7:37:00 PM
    As with music and visual art, my taste in poetry is varied and eclectic, I go through phases when concerning favourite poets and poems, whether they be amateur or professional. Aside from the handful of amateurs who are my favourite poets, right now I am into Hafiz, a 14th century Persian Sufi poet. Of course he isn't everyone's cup of tea -- very calm, meditative, introspective, "Zen-like". From "All the Hemispheres": Change rooms in your mind for a day. All the hemispheres in existence/ lie beside an equator in your heart. Greet Yourself/ in your thousand other forms/ as you mount the hidden tide and travel back home. All the hemispheres in heaven are sitting around a fire/ chatting, while stitching themselves together into the Great Circle inside of You.

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    Richards Avatar Carrie Richards Date: 3/5/2013 8:22:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Wow...... the quote from "All the Hemisphere's".....incredible poetry, Chris...thanks for sharing this ...I must go read the whole poem.
  1. Date: 3/5/2013 5:52:00 PM
    Borges, Neruda, Whitman, Eliot, Plath...

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  1. Date: 3/5/2013 5:30:00 PM
    I never read any English poem apart from my school books and apart from this site.I love R.N. Tagore's and Jibanananda das's poems (both Bengali poets)

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  1. Date: 3/5/2013 2:41:00 PM
    Can't think of one in particular because I am quite an eclectic in music and poetry but Mr. Frost is probably the one, and the only one I have personally met at his former farm in Derry NH when I was in the 6th grade. He did a reading there and we all strolled along the stone wall which was the subject of Mending Wall.

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    cornish Avatar craig cornish Date: 3/6/2013 8:12:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Love ti Tim!!!!
    Ryerson Avatar Tim Ryerson Date: 3/5/2013 5:40:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Awesome Craig...I envy you for having the honor of meeting the man himself... Yes!... We used to swing on trees too just like you and he but they were not birch..What a blast that was!...I made a bad landing once and sprained my soon as it healed I was back at it again...
    cornish Avatar craig cornish Date: 3/5/2013 3:41:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    BTW, Did you ever swing a birch---for the young and not the faint of heart, and so true--you climb till you feel the tree ready to swing and start to sway and if you do it right it's like a bungie. Way past my birch swingin days BTW. For those of you that aren't around birches it's amazing the flexibility they have and some ice storms totally bend them to the ground yet they recover and stand tall again.
    cornish Avatar craig cornish Date: 3/5/2013 3:24:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    When asked what the poem meant, he paused and said to us, "We are all a part of what happens in our lives everyday, I would often walk this wall and take a stone and place it back where it fell from, and then I thought about walls--fences--and, I had an argument with myself about that." Then he turned and tottered away.
  1. Date: 3/5/2013 10:46:00 AM
    I love many poets mainly classical, also there are many here, i really like... but my fav W.H Davies,

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  1. Date: 3/5/2013 10:31:00 AM
    Gotta mention one more...Edward Hirsch...Still with us! I posted 'Lay Back The Darkness' on a previous blog...about his dying father with Alzheimer's...very sad, dark and compelling poem!

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  1. Date: 3/5/2013 10:22:00 AM
    I enjoy reading so many poets and different poems..To name a few of the ones that I enjoy:Robert Frost, Emily Dickinson, Janet Frame, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Edgar Allen Poe(just a few of his), Elizabeth Barrot Browning, Lord Byron, and Helen Steiner Rice to name a few..Sara

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    Ryerson Avatar Tim Ryerson Date: 3/5/2013 10:40:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    'Renascence' by Edna St. Vincent Millay is one of my favorites, was one of her earlier poems I believe, or maybe her most popular...
  1. Date: 3/5/2013 9:51:00 AM
    this one's easy, it would be our own Elizabeth Wesley, hers is the best book of poetry I own

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    O. Avatar Ruben O. Date: 3/5/2013 9:39:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    You remind me that I have to visit her poetry...Im a bad neighbor...
    Ryerson Avatar Tim Ryerson Date: 3/5/2013 10:09:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Can't disagree there, Francine...
  1. Date: 3/5/2013 9:07:00 AM
    Frost will always be favorite, and Adelaide Crapsey was introduced to me by a Souper (thanks Brian!)...recently my son gave me a book of poems written by W.S. Merwin Here is a favorite that speaks for many of us here who write poetry________ Who did I think was listening / when I wrote down the words / in pencil at the beginning / words for singing / to music I did not know / and people I did not know / would read them and stand to sing them / already knowing them / while they sing they have no names /

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    cornish Avatar craig cornish Date: 3/5/2013 3:36:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    After reading your poetry I'm not surprised you would say Frost--He wrote so much about the things around him which were then, here in New England was rural, but certainly not simple---when city boys and girls were climbing the scaffolds of new buildings they were swinging birches back here.
  1. Date: 3/5/2013 9:06:00 AM
    Richard Wright's Haiku.

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  1. Date: 3/5/2013 8:04:00 AM
    Dulce Et Decorum Est (something like that, a really great free verse on how awful war is). And my favorite poet is Sarah Teasdale , who was a poet of the 1900's. I may have read Robinson's works but I can't say I know him just by his name. Of course, I love Robert Frost's work! Tim did you use the other box that pops up when you copy and paste? That's how I do it. I just wish I knew how they got the pretty pictures to paste as well.

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    Ryerson Avatar Tim Ryerson Date: 3/5/2013 10:19:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    You mean the blog title box, Andrea? I clicked in the left upper corner of the subject(?) box below that and then tried to paste and it came out all jumbled up..Linda said she pastes the text in the 'post poem' section and then pastes it to her blog...gotta try that next time...afraid I'll NEVER know how to do art-work and pictures, etc
  1. Date: 3/5/2013 7:58:00 AM
    Oh, I like this question! My favourite poets are John Keats, William Blake, Dylan Thomas - to name a few!

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The Sowing Free versedevotion,
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The Ice Enchantress Blank versefantasy,sea,seasons
Kiss Me Light Poetrypassion
Dearest Rhymedevotion,faith,mother,upl
He's Their Grandpa Free versededication,husband,
Causalities of War Elegydeath,war,
Christmas Miracle in the Ghetto (Co-written with John Moses Freeman) Narrativefamily,holiday,hope,uplif
Philidelphia Free verseheart,music,
A Boston Tea Party Prelude Free verselost lovehusband,husband,
Alliums Cloud My Heart Lanterneintrospection
I want your SEEDS Free verseadventure,funny,old,
Sleeves of the Soul Free versedepression,imagination,
ON THE ROCKS Rhymehumorous,
Tissue Box Free versedaughter,grief,loss,words
Before I go home Free verseday,family,leaving,life,
Butterflies Rhymeloss,love,
Once a Goddess of Evening Free versechange,color,fantasy,worl
Sleepless Night Dramatic Verseanger,death,farewell,memo
Indian Ink Dramatic Verseabuse,autumn,death,deep,f
Silver Haze Free versebeauty,dark,depression,ho
Hands Free versebeautiful,beauty,birthday
When Madness Rides on Moonlight Sestinagod,life,
Summer's Snow Free verselost love,love,
Admittedly Aries Rhymeapril,happiness,star,
A House On the Cliff's Edge Balladallegory,art,beach,beauti
Darling, you dragged me in too deep Villanellelove,
Willow Personificationtree,
WRITTEN IN THE SAND Heroic Coupletsanalogy,introspection,
Into The Gloaming Quatrainsleep,
Aftermath Free versebaby,loss,winter,
Waterloo Bridge ekphrasisart,beauty,
SAD Tankachristmas,depression,
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Ice Breaker Free versechange,heart,love,metapho
Thinking About Angels Free versedeath,
Crystal Free versedaughter,
NEGATION Imagismdevotion,life,
Life Is What You Make It Narrativebaby,birth,death,mother,n
In Depth of Circumstance Rhymedream,first love,love,rom
18th March Free versepoetry,
Dust and Ash Free versechange,earth,environment,
Engaging Thoughts Free verseboyfriend,lost love,love,
A Lei of Secrets Imagismpoetry,
CRUISING WITH THE SKY Light Poetrymusic,sky,
Clarity Free verseintrospection,loss,
A Lovers Voyage Free verselove,paradise,
These Red Brick Walls Rhymefuture,history,house,me,m
Obsidian Free verseabuse,dark,mystery,
MEN OF HONOR Rhymecourage,peace,soldier,
FRUGIFEROUS Free verseromance,
Little Glistening Salmon Free verseadventure,appreciation,be
Face To Face Free verselove,
Vixen Of The Mist Verseimagination,sea,
Eccentric Eyes Sonnetpain,
BREATHS AND FIREGLOW Free verseinspirational,soulmate,
Sparkle Lyricpoetry,
God's Kind Of Poetry Terza Rimabeauty,devotion,poetry,
A Twisted Ploy Rispettoage,philosophy,
So Sweet Is Life Light Poetrybeautiful,
Immortality Free versefamily,
THIS, MY INK'S DESIRE Free verseart,identity,
CRISP WHITE PAPER Free versewriting,
Dark II Lyricdark,poetry,
Touch Me Free verseabsence,confusion,imagina
Sketching him Epyllionpoetry,
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