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The Worst and Best Poems


Blog Posted:2/12/2013 12:13:00 PM


This is the final in the three part series relating to The Relevance Theory and Poetry. The following two examples of poems speak volumes. There is hope for us yet – yes, I dare to include all of us in this sweeping statement. Some poems I have read here on PoetrySoup, defies definition, because of their ability to enchant, and made accessible by the poet giving us a glimpse into his/her thoughts when the poem was penned.  I might have forgotten the actual words of the poems (unless I refer to them in my list of "fav" poems), but the impression which they had left me with, will remain with me. Thank you.


HAPPY QUILLS!



Beautiful Railway Bridge of the Silv’ry Tay!

Beautiful Railway Bridge of the Silv’ry Tay!
Alas! I am very sorry to say
That ninety lives have been taken away
On the last Sabbath day of 1879,
Which will be remember’d for a very long time.
***
And the cry rang out all round the town,
Good heaven! The Tay Bridge has blown down.

Written in 1890 by one William Topaz McGonagall (who wrote about 200 poems), generally recognized as the worst poet in the English language.



The Road Not Taken


Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,

And sorry I could not travel both

And be one traveller, long I stood

And looked down one as far as I could

To where it bent in the undergrowth;


Then took the other, as just as fair,

And having perhaps the better claim

Because it was grassy and wanted wear,

Though as for that the passing there

Had worn them really about the same,


And both that morning equally lay

In leaves no step had trodden black.

Oh, I marked the first for another day!

Yet knowing how way leads on to way

I doubted if I should ever come back.


I shall be telling this with a sigh

Somewhere ages and ages hence:

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,

I took the one less travelled by,

And that has made all the difference.


Robert Frost needs no introduction. This poem was voted in 1998 by the Americans as their nation’s top favourite poem.

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  1. Date: 2/13/2013 11:27:00 AM
    It is a matter of personal taste, really...like resonating with like(no, not attracting)...I like poetry that comes back to haunt my thoughts and my heart, at a least expected moment.

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    Richards Avatar Suzette Richards Date: 2/13/2013 1:43:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I know what you mean, Christine. Some poems just resonate with one's mind and soul. I have learned to place these poems on my Favourite list, otherwise I might forget who wrote it: We have many amazing poets here on the site. Xx
  1. Date: 2/13/2013 7:41:00 AM
    I have a friend who considers what I consider to be the worst one as that friend's favorite one of all time, so I do not dare say its name here!! (an old classic from the public domain!!)

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    Richards Avatar Suzette Richards Date: 2/13/2013 1:59:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I can't contain my curiosity anymore: Please give us a clue at least ;-)
    O. Avatar Ruben O. Date: 2/13/2013 11:10:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    OKI..but you can say the name of the poem at least! : )
    Richards Avatar Suzette Richards Date: 2/13/2013 8:53:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    :-)
  1. Date: 2/12/2013 11:58:00 PM
    What would YOU consider to be the best and the worst poem you have ever laid your eyes on. Poems in the public domain - NOT slamming our esteemed members, please.

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  1. Date: 2/12/2013 9:41:00 PM
    But...but....Suzette!! I have written poems which, i am sure, would make Mr. McGonagall blush with shame!! Nah, it's not the worst poem I've read...visit my page... : ) I want to read the whole list of "best" poems...Do you have the link (the site)?

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    Richards Avatar Suzette Richards Date: 2/13/2013 11:16:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    lol.... Ruben :-)
    O. Avatar Ruben O. Date: 2/13/2013 12:53:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Oh! OK. I thought that your blog was referring to a "list" from internet. I got it.
    Richards Avatar Suzette Richards Date: 2/12/2013 11:56:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Shakespeare comes to mind when we compile a list of best poems. Other countries will most likely list their own national poets. I used Frost because of the poem being known by most here on PS and it was voted by the nation....
    Richards Avatar Suzette Richards Date: 2/12/2013 11:47:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I am quoting verbatim from my book, Immortal Words, by Terry Breverton. It spans works/words/poetry/etc from Moses up to and including Barack Hussein Obama II. I still buy books - the ones where you turn the pages and fall asleep with in your hands.... :-)
  1. Date: 2/12/2013 9:31:00 PM
    well, I am confused why the first one was called worst poet. good grief. Maybe if they are listing him with "classic poets" only from one decade in all of history. But even then, there had to be worse than him out there in 1890, even with no internet to prove it!

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    Richards Avatar Suzette Richards Date: 2/12/2013 11:54:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    lol... I think that he earned the distinction because he was consistantly bad....He wrote this in tribute to the local vicar (as if I scare...lol): "...has written the life of Sir Walter Scott/and while he lives he will never be forgot/nor when he is dead/because by his admirers it will be often read."
  1. Date: 2/12/2013 1:35:00 PM
    Interesting Su, I had a LOL moment while reading this--would we rather be mundane run of the mill Su or Craig or be remembered over a century from now as the worst poet in the English language --one way or another we have work to do--or perhaps we don't??!! Or, perhaps there is hope to unseat Mr. Frost---What the heck, let's give it a go, shall we LOL!

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    Richards Avatar Suzette Richards Date: 2/12/2013 2:08:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    You are on, Craig.... Lol...I am still trying to beat Mr McGonagall, so I have a long way to go..... ;-)

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PoemTitleFormCategories
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The Shadow of Me Free verseintrospectionme,age,old,t
As Canvas Weeps Tankaart
Through the Winter Cold he Rode Villanellelove,winter,
Seasons to wonder Rhymenature,seasons,me,winter,
The Loss of Wisdom Quaternintrospection,loss,people
Autumn Love Acrosticlove,
Pseudonym Free verseallegory,hope,introspecti
swarm of dragonflies Haikuart,nature,
Dying Rose Haikudevotion,
Jokers Lament Senryufunny,life,
Distant Thunder - A Shan-zi Poem Free versenature,
Captive Bird - 12 Bars 12 Dreams Rhyme 
'Peace when needed' Free versefriendship,hope,life,lost
Wearied Wanderlust Rondeaulove,
The Allure of Your Lips Quaternpassion,romance,visionary
'Warfare' Verseangst,depression,fear,
Invitation to the Dance Free verseallegory,
TUNES OF WAVES Rhymemusic,nature,ocean,
Beauty of Nature Haikunature,
Do You Remember Free verse 
Nette Onclaud, Princess to be Queen Quatrainhistory,people,places
DARE WE Quatrainfunny,me,
Wayward Child Pantoumage,dark,introspection,li
Ewmer Fudd and Buggs Bunny Paint the Town Wed Coupletfunny,life,
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When Tomorrow Dawns Verselife,garden,
paper boat Haikuhope,
The Ivy and The Brick Villanelleallegory,heart,red,heart,
Haste Quintain (Sicilian)faith,fear,introspection,
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Dream of Dawn Constanza Rhymenostalgia,flower,flower,r
Drawing on Time Versededication,faith,life,may
MY QUIET PLACE, SOFT Versespace,
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Her Epitaph Epigramdeath,nostalgia,
Between the Stingers Villanellelost love,
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Dark Dawn Diamantepolitical,
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The Mighty One Ekphrasis (Ecphrasis)natural disasters
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