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With sounds that gather round the ocean’s shore, the whimsied muse her lithesome being girds in utterances from unfathomed store. Akin to Alice dwelling in absurds the words go round and round in Cheshire grin when off I go on romp of rhyming thirds in artless manner, thus to just begin meandering without foregone design, so lines will somehow write themselves therein while lyric phrases choose to intertwine in threes, as Dante Alighieri’s do for epic opus ‘Comedy Divine’. I turn to Chaucer as the first who drew upon the terza rima for his scheme in English, joining poets in the queue, then on to Shelley, later in the stream, who famously composed his ‘West Wind Ode’ which lifts his voice o’er earth as if in dream throughout rhapsodic stanzas onward flowed across the universe as ‘dead thoughts’ tossed like withered leaves, in his romantic mode. And yet my impetus derived from Frost whose tercet rhyme “Acquainted with the Night” delves into darkness when the daytime’s lost. For oft I raise my gaze to starry height when melancholy dims the worldly light. ~ Harley White * * * * * * * * * The form of the poem is Terza Rima, and inspiration derived from the literary works referred to in the poem as well as some others…

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Date: 5/17/2020 11:16:00 AM
A wonderfully written Terza Rima as well, Harley, I am enjoying your poetry this morning. John
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Harley White
Date: 5/17/2020 5:13:00 PM
I'm delighted that you have been exploring my poems! I truly appreciate it!
Date: 5/22/2019 6:39:00 AM
Hm, PoemHunter again. I must overcome my laziness and take a look. Yes, long texts are a problem here. That's why I had to buy a premium account. Still nobody reads them, though)
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Harley White
Date: 5/23/2019 9:15:00 AM
What I don't like, though, is when they put their own robot-generated audios or videos with music to my poems.
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Harley White
Date: 5/23/2019 8:32:00 AM
Just take a look at their site. There are a few things I don't like, but at least I didn't have to pay to post long poems and images on Poem Hunter, sometimes even audio readings, when that function is working.
Date: 5/20/2019 9:18:00 AM
By the way, I find this a bit strange. So many wonderful, profound, technically flawless poetry, and so few comments in a here. As they say, a man is not a prophet in his own country. It doesn't matter, though. Everything I care is my personal reader's pleasure)
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Harley White
Date: 5/21/2019 6:14:00 AM
Again, thank you! I suspect that one is expected to be more social on these blogs than I am. Although I like posting here, I am a bit more active on Poem Hunter, which you might want to check out. For instance, I can’t post my longer poems here, since Poetry Soup has limits of length. Nor does this blog permit free posting of images which I need with many of my astro-poems which are ekphrastic.
Date: 5/19/2019 9:30:00 AM
I'm not sure my accolades are important to you. And rightly so. They're important to me, though. The words, that's all what a reader has to express his pleasure)
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Harley White
Date: 5/20/2019 6:06:00 AM
Don’t think for a moment that they are not important to me (my double negative makes a positive). To receive such a response to my poetry is tremendously encouraging to me, particularly since my works are not widely read. So thank you very much for noticing and for caring enough to react!
Date: 5/15/2019 4:36:00 PM
A perfect example of metapoetry as it should be: allusions, references, self-reflection. It's a brilliant terza, Harley.
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Harley White
Date: 5/16/2019 6:43:00 AM
Okay, if you say so. I hadn’t thought of the category of metapoetry, since I just write where inspiration leads. And thank you very much for the accolade!