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When Bob Dylan lifted lines from an obscure Civil War poet, he wasn't plagiarizing. He was sampling.

Blog Posted:1/3/2020 4:39:00 AM
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Bob Dylan: Henry Timrod Revisited

When Bob Dylan lifted lines from an obscure Civil War poet, he wasn't plagiarizing. He was sampling.
Introduction

Why, out of the kaleidoscope of influences that Bob Dylan has drawn from over the years, was it the almost forgotten Civil War era poet Henry Timrod that finally had critics calling foul? Robert Polito takes a look to see what wasn't left on the cutting room floor.

These happy stars, and yonder setting moon,
Have seen me speed, unreckoned and untasked,
A round of precious hours.
Oh! here, where in that summer noon I basked,
And strove, with logic frailer than the flowers,
To justify a life of sensuous rest,
A question dear as home or heaven was asked,
And without language answered. I was blest!
                  —Henry Timrod, “A Rhapsody of a Southern Winter Night,” from Poems (1860)


. . . and at times
A strange far look would come into his eyes,
As if he saw a vision in the skies.
                  —Henry Timrod, “A Vision of Poesy,” from Poems (1860)


The moon gives light and it shines by night
Well, I scarcely feel the glow
We learn to live and then we forgive
O’er the road we’re bound to go
More frailer than the flowers, these precious hours
That keep us so tightly bound
You come to my eyes like a vision from the skies
And I’ll be with you when the deal goes down
                  —Bob Dylan, “When the Deal Goes Down,” from Modern Times (2006)

 

As a culture we appear to have forgotten how to experience works of art, or at least how to talk about them plausibly and smartly. The latest instance is the “controversy” shadowing Bob Dylan’s new record, Modern Times, wherein he recurrently adapts phrases from poems by Henry Timrod, a nearly-vanished 19th-century American poet, essayist, and Civil War newspaper correspondent.

That our nation’s most gifted and ambitious songwriter would revive Timrod on the number-one best-selling CD across America, Europe, and Australia might prompt a lively concatenation of responses, ranging from “Huh? Henry Timrod? Isn’t that interesting. . . .” to “Why?” But to narrow the Dylan/Timrod phenomenon (see the New York Times article “Who’s This Guy Dylan Who’s Borrowing Lines from Henry Timrod?” and a subsequent op-ed piece, “The Ballad of Henry Timrod,” by singer-songwriter Suzanne Vega) into a story of possible plagiarism is to confuse, well, art with a term paper.

Timrod was born in Charleston, South Carolina, in 1828, his arrival in this world falling two years after Stephen Foster but two years before Emily Dickinson. His work, too, might be styled as falling between theirs: sometimes dark and skeptical, other times mawkish and old-fashioned. (Dylan, I’m guessing, is fascinated by both aspects of Timrod, the antique alongside the brooding.) Often tagged the “laureate of the Confederacy”—a title apparently conferred upon him by none other than Tennyson—Timrod still shows up in anthologies because of the poems he wrote celebrating and then mourning the new Southern nation, particularly “Ethnogenesis” and “Ode Sung on the Occasion of Decorating the Graves of the Confederate Dead at Magnolia Cemetery.” Early on, Whittier and Longfellow admired Timrod, and his “Ode” stands behind Allen Tate’s “Ode to the Confederate Dead” (and thus in turn behind Robert Lowell’s “For the Union Dead”).

On Modern Times Dylan avoids anthology favorites, but his album contains at least ten instances of lines or phrases culled from seven different Timrod poems, mostly poems about love, friendship, death, and poetry . Dylan also quoted Timrod’s “Charleston” in “Cross the Green Mountain,” a song he contributed to the soundtrack of the 2003 Civil War film Gods and Generals; two years earlier he glanced at Timrod’s “Vision of Poesy” for “Tweedle Dee & Tweedle Dum” on his CD “Love and Theft.” (Various Dylan Web sites annotate his lyrics, but I found these two related sites invaluable: http://republika.pl/bobdylan/mt/ and http://republika.pl/bobdylan/lat/.)

From the dustup in the Times—after our paper of record found a middle-school teacher who branded Dylan “duplicitous,” Vega earnestly supposed that Dylan probably hadn’t lifted the texts “on purpose”—you might not guess that we’ve just lived through some two and a half decades of hip-hop sampling, not to mention a century of Modernism. For the neglected Henry Timrod is just the tantalizing threshold into Dylan’s vast memory palace of echoes.

Besides Timrod, for instance, Modern Times taps into the Bible (Genesis, Exodus, Samuel, John, and Luke, among others), Robert Johnson, Memphis Minnie, Kokomo Arnold, Muddy Waters, Sonny Boy Williamson, Blind Lemon Jefferson, the Stanley Brothers, Merle Haggard, Hoagy Carmichael, Cole Porter, Jerome Kern, and standards popularized by Jeanette MacDonald, Bing Crosby, and Frank Sinatra, as well as vintage folk songs such as “Wild Mountain Thyme,” “Frankie and Albert,” and “Gentle Nettie Moore.”

It’s possible, in fact, to see his prior two recordings, Time Out of Mind and “Love and Theft,” as rearranging the entire American musical and literary landscape of the past 150 years, except that the sources he adapts aren’t always American or so recent. Please forgive another Homeric (if partial) catalog, but the scale and range of Dylan’s allusive textures are vital to an appreciation of what he’s after on his recent recordings.

On Time Out of Mind and “Love and Theft,” Dylan refracts folk, blues, and pop songs created by or associated with Crosby, Sinatra, Charlie Patton, Woody Guthrie, Blind Willie McTell, Doc Boggs, Leroy Carr, Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday, Elvis Presley, Blind Willie Johnson, Big Joe Turner, Wilbert Harrison, the Carter Family, and Gene Austin alongside anonymous traditional tunes and nursery rhymes.

His 2003 film Masked and Anonymous takes place against the backdrop of another interminable domestic war during an unspecified future. Dylan clearly sees links between the Civil War and America now—and once you consult a historical map of the red and blue states, would you contradict him? The echoes of Timrod help him frame and sustain those links. For Dylan, Modern Times (and this is the joke in his title, along with the reference to the Chaplin movie) are also old times, ancient times. “The age I was living in didn’t resemble this age, but it did. . . .”

Other borrowings, such as the tidbits of yakuza oral history, aren’t so much formal allusions as curios of vernacular speech picked up from reading or listening that shade his songs into something like collective, as against individual, utterances. But here, too, it’s hard not to discern specific designs. On recordings steeped in empire, corruption, masks, male power, and self-delusion, aren’t Tokyo racketeers (or Virgilian ghosts) as apt as Huck Finn, Confederate poets, and Charlie Patton?

Without ever winking, Dylan is inveterately canny and sophisticated about all this, though after a fashion that recalls Laurence Sterne’s celebrated attack on plagiarism in Tristram Shandy, itself plagiarized from The Anatomy of Melancholy. On “Summer Days” from “Love and Theft,” Dylan sings:

She’s looking into my eyes, and she’s a-holding my hand
She looking into my eyes, she’s holding my hand,
She says, “You can’t repeat the past,” I say, “You can’t? What do you mean, you
      can’t? Of course you can.”

His puckish, snaky lines dramatize precisely how one could, in fact, “repeat the past,” since the lyrics reproduce a conversation between Nick and Gatsby from chapter 6 of The Great Gatsby. On “Rollin’ and Tumblin’” from Modern Times, Dylan follows another oblique intimation of Timrod with the confession “I’ve been conjuring up all these long-dead souls from their crumbling tombs.” The quotation marks in the title of “Love and Theft” signal Dylan’s debts to Eric Lott’s academic study Love and Theft: Blackface Minstrelsy and the American Working Class; the secondhand title of the CD also specifies his status as a white blues and rock ’n’ roll performer inside an American minstrelsy tradition, as well as his songwriting proclivities (loving stuff enough to filch it).

In a 1996 interview for Newsweek, novelist David Gates asked Dylan what he believed. He replied, “I find the religiosity and philosophy in the music. I don’t find it anywhere else. Songs like ‘Let Me Rest on a Peaceful Mountain’ or ‘I Saw the Light’—that’s my religion. I don’t adhere to rabbis, preachers, evangelists, all of that. I’ve learned more from the songs than I’ve learned from any of this kind of entity. The songs are my lexicon. I believe the songs.”

Let’s presume that by “songs” Dylan also now must mean poems, such as Henry Timrod’s, and novels, such as F. Scott Fitzgerald’s, as well as traditional folk hymns and blues. His invocation of that expanded “lexicon” might be surprising, and daunting, but it certainly isn’t plagiarism. Who else writes, has ever written, songs like these? Poems, novels, films, songs all partake of a conversation with the great dead—a “conjuring,” as Dylan would say. The embodiment of his conjuring, those conversations with his dead on his recent recordings are among the most daring and original signatures of his art.

Illustration by Tom Bachtell.

Originally Published: October 6th, 2006

Poet and scholar Robert Polito was born in Boston, Massachusetts. He earned his PhD from Harvard and has served as director of Creative Writing at The New School for two decades. Polito served as president of the Poetry Foundation from July 2013 through June 2015. Polito’s collections of poetry include Hollywood...

 

https://www.poetryfoundation.org/articles/68697/bob-dylan-henry-timrod-revisited

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Date: 1/7/2020 10:41:00 AM
I was dismayed when Dylan was awarded the Nobel Prize -- the bar has been relocated lower and lower over the years. Dylan's lyrics are okay as lyrics for folk/pop music, but even his finest-- such as "Blowin' in the Wind", are not really the equal of the finest lyrics by Don McLean or Paul Simon. As to Dylan "sampling" the works of an obscure poet like Timrod, well, calling it "sampling" is whitewashing. It's one thing to quote a poem that is well known without attribution-- "a rose by any other name" is glaringly from Shakespeare, so one needn't cite it (in most cases); but to take lines from someone unknown and not properly give attribution smacks more than a little of plagiarism. It happens in music, too: Andrew Lloyd Webber is particularly egregious in doing it (for example, the melody of "I Don't Know How to Love Him" is lifted, note-for-note, from the slow movement of Mendelssohn's great Violin Concerto in E Minor, and he never gives attribution) (On the other hand, Barry Manilow, in "Could It Be Magic" quite properly gives attribution to Chopin, for basing the song on his Prelude no 20 in C Minor). The same rules should apply to poetry. At any rate, it is a vexed question. But your article itself is quite erudite... I wonder, though, if Dylan REALLY warrants such abstruse examination-- so much of his work sounds extemporaneous and, truth to tell, a little vacuous (such as the snippet quoted lower down in the article -- and I'll wager not one in a thousand would connect it with GATSBY). It's like trying to find deep philosophical meaning and complexity in the TV series "Baywatch" or Ed Wood's "Plan Nine from Outer Space"... what is found in such examinations reflects more on the analyst than on the thing analyzed.
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Keith Trestrail
Date: 1/8/2020 6:56:00 AM
As far as the "prestigious" Nobel Prize, well, any institution that would bestow such an honour on the likes of Al Gore has credibility issues. But most winners of the Nobel Prize for literature are obscure and elitist scribes whereas Dylan's seminal anthemic work reached a far greater audience over a far longer period with far more impact.
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Keith Trestrail
Date: 1/8/2020 6:40:00 AM
Firstly, you could have chosen I Dream of Jeannie or any of the gals on Petticoat Junction. All worthy of sainthood. Secondly, lyrically I'll take Bob's "A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall" or "Chimes Of Freedom" over anything Sondheim wrote anyday. Dylan was anti-establishment, he was counterculture, he was a force of revolution and change until he got tired of all the expectation and politicalisation of his art. It was Dylan who heavily influenced McLean and Simon not to mention The Beatles, Hendrix and the vast majority of songwriters since. A legacy Sondheim (for all his undoubted talent) could never match.
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Date: 1/8/2020 1:30:00 AM
ADDITIONAL OBSERVATIONS-- the wide range of disparate influences cited for Dylan are not that unusual for any intelligent, well-educated lyricist. The lyrics of Stephen Sondheim are the product of an equivalent erudition and range-- but are far, far better poetry than Dylan's. (Indeed, if any popular lyricist of the last hundred years deserves the Nobel Prize, I would plump for Sondheim.) That Dylan's works are supremely Liberal of orientation might also partially explain his popularity among the almost rabidly Liberal halls of Academe. (And why some poets, like T.S. Eliot, are much less taught and respected nowadays).
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Date: 1/8/2020 1:03:00 AM
Keith... You know, after I made the post, I realized that Pamela Anderson in a wet bikini could arguably be a religious experience... and would have changed "Baywatch" to something like "Gilligan's Island" (though on reflection, Tina Louise was a religious experience to many of THAT generation! Still, I think we may agree that neither show appealed primarily to the intellect)... ah, well! -- Sulu Sulu, thanks~! -- JP
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Keith Trestrail
Date: 1/7/2020 3:53:00 PM
Bravo? I don't think so. Hey, you can criticise Bob and Andrew all you like but hands off Baywatch. Watching Pam emerging from the waves and striding up the beach in slow-mo...now to that I say bravo! Sheesh!
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Date: 1/7/2020 12:14:00 PM
JP, bravo! This was a pleasure to read and your points are well made. Your conclusion is a triumph.
Date: 1/5/2020 5:08:00 PM
I liked some of Dylan's songs, but he was not a huge influence in my life. I agree with Keith about the "osmosis of life" comment he made. As for the guy down here saying you can't post a blog without permission, etc. I don't get that. I looked up rules for posting info in a blog and it says you need to show the person's name and give links back to where the article came from, which looks like what you did, Robert! Exceptions would be if the article told people expressly not to copy their article or told them to only show a certain number of words. I don't see anything about having to get permission to inform people about something that is already on google for all to see.
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Andrea Dietrich
Date: 1/9/2020 8:55:00 AM
I had a lot to say here but I deleted it all. I have had too many disappointments with fraud to believe that something as trivial as Robert posting a blog that he attributes to its own author is worth a cent of bother about. Please, Sulu Sulu, give me a break.
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Date: 1/7/2020 9:56:00 AM
That was a point of reference, not an establishment of intent. I would say nice try, but we both know better.
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Date: 1/6/2020 11:17:00 PM
Libelous? Rob. Really. Read the opening comments by the blogger. Hahaha
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Date: 1/6/2020 10:57:00 AM
I must say Andrea, you and Robert are starting to attract the haters like Tommy. Tommy, don't worry, I am sure you are still in the lead. Mr. Legal should be careful with his libelous statement concerning this blog's sole purpose.
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Date: 1/6/2020 6:51:00 AM
And finally: The litmus test is whether you would submit the blog as a term paper at your college?
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Date: 1/6/2020 4:46:00 AM
This blog's sole purpose is to drive interest in this poet's poetry, and not to enlighten.
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Date: 1/6/2020 4:22:00 AM
Whether you are making any money out of the copied piece is immaterial. The point is the author might lose revenue due to the fact that he might be paid per hit on his blog - which you are denying him by posting it verbatim free on this (or other) website? What does Poetry Foundation say about this, where this was copied from? Or the actual author?
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Date: 1/6/2020 2:23:00 AM
Copyright infringement can take many forms: Copying/adapting without permission someone’s content/intellectual property/photographs/images, etc off the internet. The above was copied verbatim! Many authors include the provisory where they permit an EXTRACT of their work to be QUOTED, with due recognition, e.g. in the case of a critique shared publicly. Any lawyers specializing in international copyright laws on this site who would like to argue the toss with me?
Date: 1/4/2020 6:05:00 AM
I never got into Dylan, so I never really studied him. As mentioned below, there are other articles written about this, but I am glad you posted one here, because this is the only one I read.
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Date: 1/3/2020 11:37:00 PM
Robert, thanks so much for sharing, you always give us some great information to ponder _
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Date: 1/3/2020 6:37:00 AM
Growing up as a teenager in the 70s I loved Dylan's lyrics. He has been my greatest influence in that regard. He is the reason I wrote my first poem. Even Shakespeare was inspired by the writers of his times. We are all products of the osmosis of life.
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Date: 1/3/2020 3:06:00 PM
So true my friend. Poetry inspires! Not just those reading it but also those reading it and writing it too... I pity any that read it and can not absorb something from it. Those that can not be affected by it in any of the usual ways. Poe and Byron and a great host of other legendary poets greatly affected me --be that for the good or the bad of it....
Date: 1/3/2020 6:33:00 AM
Plaigirism isn't only copying someone's work verbatim and passing it off as one's own, but also translating, reworking it in your own style, or (as in this blog) reposting someone's article without that person's written permission. In the latter case, it is usual to state: 'Reposted with permission of the author.' There are countless articles written on this topic. Now I'm off to sample some poetry ...
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Date: 1/3/2020 5:24:00 AM
For example, in my past famous poets dedication series. I read many poems by each poet before I would write my poem dedicated to that poet. Such is the gleaning of the character and creativity of a fellow artist. As in inspiration... So question is-- Was Dylan ever guilty of stealing others writing?
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Date: 1/3/2020 4:50:00 AM
To note on this article. Much of Dylan's use was rephrasing and not outright copying word for word-- therein lies a major controversial point in the scathing criticism of those that steal other's work. For instance many many poets use a technique of reading a poem. Say the subject is love, moon and loss. They then use the words love, moon and loss in their creative rendering of what that poem made them feel. Such is not stealing another writer's work but is simply honoring it.
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Date: 1/3/2020 4:50:00 AM
As to those that copy word for word and then sign it as their own writing- that is totally stealing and rightly to be condemned as they- give zero credit to the hard work and time, and thoughts of the true author...

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11/13/2019 Rove I, In Midnight Dreams, Through Golden Halls Of Avalon Second Poets Tribute Series, Conrad Aiken Rhymeappreciation,art,dark,poe
11/13/2019 Single Flower, In Winter's Grip Haikuart,bereavement,dark,deat
11/11/2019 Poets, Open Your Treasure Chest Of Words Rhymeappreciation,art,creation
11/10/2019 Ten Years Had Raced Into Oblivion's Cup Second Poets Tribute Series, Samuel Taylor Coleridge Rhymeanger,art,dedication,fant
11/7/2019 You May Yet Make Your Blessed Choice Rhymeappreciation,art,deep,des
11/5/2019 We Were So Blessed, When Our Love Was New,Poets Tribute Series, fifth poet, Percy Bysshe Shelly Rhymeart,beautiful,creation,in
11/1/2019 In Love, Our Romance Flows In Kissing Streams Poets Tribute Series, fourth poet, Lord Byron Romanticismappreciation,beauty,desir
10/30/2019 Those Rosy Red Lips That Stir These Loins Sonnetart,beauty,desire,emotion
10/29/2019 Thy Wondrous Life Was As A Butterfly's Brief Stay, Poets Tribute Series, third poet, John Keats , Rhymeappreciation,art,dedicati
10/27/2019 October Sun, Gifts Bright Colors Galore Rhymeappreciation,art,imagery,
10/26/2019 Dare We Bring Poe, Raven From Darken Grave Renewed Poets Tribute Series Second poet, Edgar Allen Poe Sonnetappreciation,art,creation
10/24/2019 0' Soul, Can Poetic Art Heal Such Broken Heart, Renewed Tribute Series, Emily Dickinson Sonnetappreciation,art,characte
10/23/2019 Where Leaps Hot Desires In Adoring Breast Rhymeappreciation,art,beautifu
10/20/2019 Sharp The Edges, Of Poet's Pen Turned To Fight, New Dawn,Third Battle And Final Slash Part Three Sonnetart,character,courage,jud
10/19/2019 A Trek Into A Forest Wonderfully Deep, New Dawn- Second Battle, Part Two Sonnetappreciation,art,conflict
10/18/2019 Rather I, Sharpen Blade, Saddle My Battle Horse, Dawn, First Battle, Part One Sonnetart,conflict,courage,dark
10/16/2019 I Wrote A Poem Today,Its Message True Words Rhymeart,break up,conflict,hea
10/15/2019 Paradise, Sunset Warms Loving Hearts, Because We Are There Rhymebeach,beautiful,blessing,
10/13/2019 The Truth And Blessing Of Love At First Sight Rhymeart,beauty,loss,love,mean
10/11/2019 Silence As Paper Absorbs Ink To Battle Rage Rhymeart,conflict,dark,death,e
10/10/2019 As New Lovers Wake To Meet Dawn's Awaiting Treasures Romanticismappreciation,emotions,hap
10/9/2019 Treasure Once Found Within An Enchanted Forest Dream Romanticismart,beauty,desire,dream,i
10/8/2019 Flowing Deep, Those Ghastly Shards Of Regret Rhymeconflict,deep,emotions,gr
10/7/2019 Before The New Rising Sun Rhymeappreciation,art,celebrat
10/4/2019 At A Crossroads Poet, Hears That True Call dedicated, to my friend with appreciation Sonnetappreciation,art,beautifu
10/3/2019 Life, Love, And Verses Born Of True Poetic Heart Rhymeappreciation,art,beautifu
10/2/2019 Woe To He, That This Great Darkness Seeks To Embrace Rhymeart,dark,deep,fate,future
9/29/2019 As You Have Your Cup Of Joe, Each New Morn Sonnetappreciation,art,beauty,b
9/28/2019 Seeking Ever The More, Greatest Of Truths Rhymeappreciation,art,blessing
9/27/2019 What I Once Saw Dancing, Wearing No Shoes Sonnetart,creation,dark,deep,dr
9/24/2019 In Dreams, She Saw Love's True Faith As Her Goal Sonnetappreciation,art,betrayal
9/24/2019 Tribute Poem, Dedicated To Memory Of Our Loving Father Rhymeanniversary,best friend,c
9/21/2019 Achilles, Bloody Battles, Death's Black Hand As Was Fated Part Three, the Conclusion Rhymeart,character,dedication,
9/21/2019 Journey Through Time's Long Blackened Maze Free verseart,dark,death,deep,depre
9/18/2019 Eyes That Learn To See Beauty And Nature's All Rhymeart,blessing,creation,dev
9/16/2019 As Low Midnight Sounds Into Sad Soul Seep Sonnetart,dark,deep,emotions,he
9/13/2019 The Deep Solemn Prayer And Its Sincerest Hope Rhymecreation,dedication,deep,
9/12/2019 The Vicious Wicked Cuts Of Dead Dreams And Reality Free verseart,break up,dark,grief,l
9/12/2019 In Cherished Dreams, Your Beauty Laps All Consuming Flames Rhymeart,dream,emotions,memory
9/11/2019 Old Poet, His Art And Why He Composes Til Death Sings Rhymeappreciation,art,blessing
9/8/2019 Time To Ponder This World And So Much More Rhymeappreciation,creation,dee
9/6/2019 As I Now Walk Path That Time Will Allow Rhymeappreciation,art,deep,lif

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Fav Poems

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MoUNTAIN DRoP Rhymedeath,depression,
Beauty Exposed Rhymelife,
Beautiful Day Free verseseasons,
What the Angels Whisper Free versegod,hope,youth,
Black Diamond Night Epicbody,death,history,lonely
If Walls Could Speak Narrativefeelings,for him,joy,toge
Spring on the Wind Rhymechange,nature,spring,
Crying River Balladbeautiful,cry,deep,freedo
Colours in our lives Rhymebeauty,color,
Daddy Free verseblue,dad,depression,fathe
Indian Ink Dramatic Verseabuse,autumn,death,deep,f
A New Bird Rhymebirth,
When Love Found Me Rhymeblessing,love,
Mist Song Rhymebeauty,music,nature,
Wild Love Narrativegarden,love,rose,sweet,
I Walk on Water Free verseintrospection,life,
The Blackberry and The Rose Personificationimagination
Strong Point Sonnetlove,
I Hate You All Light Versedark,death,philosophy,sad
So She Broke your Heart Free verseanalogy,betrayal,hope,lov
Fragment Trioletlight
The Perfect Painting Rhymeart,beauty,
Diamond in the Sky Sonnetstar,
In One Fell Swoop Free verselost love,
A Shade From The Past Sonnetart,nostalgia,people,
To a Despondent Friend Quatraindepression,
A Letter to Emily Dickinson Rhymepoetess,
White Lace Sonnetlife,seasons
Echoes in the Stone Epicadventure,death,hero,hist
The tree of life Rhymeage,child,death,mystery,t
Our little Haven Rhymecousin,fairy,fantasy,gree
Her Hidden Gem Rhymemother,voice,
Eyes of Blue Rhymefreedom,hero,memorial day
MY DAY IS COMING Rhymefriendship,journey,life,
SOMETIMES Rhymeblessing,thanks,
THE LORDS SWEET MORNING Rhymemusic,nature,
Letting Go Rhymeson,
What is Love Sonnetlove,
Releasing Me Sonnethappiness,peace,
As we walk hand in hand Rhymehappiness,how i feel,love
Angel Tears Light Verseangel,
Put Your Head on My Shoulder Light Versedance,romantic,
I Am The Mighty Mountain Personificationearth,mountains,
Death Blows a Hollow Horn Sonnetdeath,
Written in a Graveyard Sonnetdeath,
Invitation Rhymelost love,
His Song and Mine I do not know?bird,life,poems,prison,,L
In An Old Cathedral Rhymeloneliness,love,
Sweet Memories Rhymelost love,
Oak Rhymetree,
Contest Consternation Free versecommunity,poetry,words,
Write you OUT Free versegoodbye,how i feel,
Hey you Free verseanger,conflict,forgivenes
Aquarius Coupletimagery,water,
Mother's Garden Rhymeflower,garden,nature,
Neverland Narrativechildhood,nostalgia,place
The Ripping Free verseabuse,addiction,anger,ang
Stairway to the Stars Free versefarewell,kiss,
Midnight Poet Free verseaddiction,character,devot
A New Love Found Free verseinspirational,
Autumn's Gown Rhymecolor,inspiration,
Kresge's Five And Dime Stores Rhymenostalgia,
Intolerable Rhymeabuse,betrayal,racism,
Amidst the Fallen Petals Free verselonging,love,
The Evil Eye Rhymeevil,
My Fallen Brother Rhymeangst,brother,history,los
Eccentric Eyes Sonnetpain,
The Sowing Free versedevotion,
Autumn's Dreams Of A Country Road Rhymenature,seasons,
Bobcat Moon Rhymeautumn,friendship,loss,mo
Yellow Shoes in the Darkness Quatrainme,metaphor,places,yellow
Broken Dramatic Verseabsence,death,emo,emotion
Holding a wilting red rose Versedeath,mother,mothers day,
Deep in Nature Sonnetnature,
The Black Dragon Free versecorruption,courage,hope,w
Ragnarok: The Storm Epyllionweather,
THE ART OF LIFE Rhymeart,inspiration,poetry,
When Shadows Fall Rhymelife,music,nature,seasons
The Clock it Mocks Free versebreak up,heartbroken,jeal
Heaven or Hell Free versedark,heaven,light,love,
Headache Free versefreedom,success,
O The Grieving Free versedeath,funeral,grief,
Eccentricity In Love Sonnetlove,universe,
Wild pure and free love Free versebeautiful,love,romance,
Sunset Tableau Versepain,
Ancient Warrior Iambic Pentameterangst,culture,native amer
Starstruck in your deep Beauty Free versebeautiful,beauty,flower,l
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier Light Versesoldier,violence,war,
Whilst walking through the woods Sonnetanimal,beauty,bird,nature
Tear Drops Free verseallegory,desire,devotion,
Outside Looking In Rhymecharacter,community,histo
Church Quatrainblessing,change,devotion,
Rain over Vietnam Quaternrain,war,
Why So Afraid Iambic Pentameterlove,
Long Distance Dreamer Light Versebeautiful,i miss you,long
Small Passerene Birds Rhymebeautiful,romantic,season
But I Must Stay Villanellesad,
On Blood's Own Sand Free versedeath,desire,emotions,pas
That Still Small Voice Quatraingod,prayer,relationship,
Star Gazer Free verseallegory,beauty,metaphor,

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SKAT A United States Flag United States Read
Poet Destroyer A United States Flag United States Read
Annalise Brigham...a.k.a. Audrey Haick United States Flag United States Read
Keith O.J. Hunt Canada Flag Canada Read
Sunshine Smile Norway Flag Norway Read
Sara Kendrick United States Flag United States Read
JAN ALLISON Isle Of Man Flag Isle Of Man Read
Jake Ponce Philippines Flag Philippines Read
Carolyn Devonshire United States Flag United States Read
Vera Duggan Australia Flag Australia Read
Robert Nehls United States Flag United States Read
Joyce Johnson United States Flag United States Read
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lisa duggan Australia Flag Australia Read
Barbara Gorelick United States Flag United States Read
Gary Bateman Germany Flag Germany Read
liam mcdaid Ireland Flag Ireland Read
Gry Christensen United States Flag United States Read
arthur vaso Canada Flag Canada Read
Debbie Guzzi United States Flag United States Read
Roy Jerden United States Flag United States Read
James Fraser United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom Read
Robert Lindley United States Flag United States Read
Richard Lamoureux Canada Flag Canada Read
Paul Callus Malta Flag Malta Read
Miss Sassy United States Flag United States Read
cherl dunn United States Flag United States Read
KP Nunez Philippines Flag Philippines Read
Peter Lewis Holmes Viet Nam Flag Viet Nam Read
David O'Haolin Whalen United States Flag United States Read
Keith Bickerstaffe United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom Read
Lu Loo United States Flag United States Read
Connie Marcum Wong United States Flag United States Read
Lin Lane United States Flag United States Read
Vladislav Raven United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom Read
Gail Foster United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom Read
Pandita Sanchez United States Flag United States Read
Danetta Barney United States Flag United States Read
Teppo Gren Finland Flag Finland Read
Tom Quigley United States Flag United States Read
jill spagnola United States Flag United States Read
Andrea Dietrich United States Flag United States Read
Avis Bailey United States Flag United States Read
Kelly Deschler United States Flag United States Read
lg ds Thailand Flag Thailand Read
Feli Elizab United States Flag United States Read
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Edlynn Nau United States Flag United States Read
Leslie Philibert Germany Flag Germany Read
Miraj Raha India Flag India Read
Sarai Virden United States Flag United States Read
Monterey Sirak United States Flag United States Read
Bev Smith United States Flag United States Read
C T United States Flag United States Read
Jessica Thompson United States Flag United States Read
Charmaine Chircop Malta Flag Malta Read
Timothy Hicks United States Flag United States Read
Sandra Haight United States Flag United States Read
Tim Smith United States Flag United States Read
Suzanne Delaney United States Flag United States Read
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Dear Heart Canada Flag Canada Read
Daniel Turner United States Flag United States Read
Manmath Dalei India Flag India Read
kabuteng P.iNk k. Philippines Flag Philippines Read
Robert L. Hinshaw United States Flag United States Read
nette onclaud Philippines Flag Philippines Read
harry horsman Australia Flag Australia Read
Red Fiery Singapore Flag Singapore Read
Brian Davey United States Flag United States Read
Keith Trestrail Trinidad and Tobago Flag Trinidad and Tobago Read
Walter T. Ashe United States Flag United States Read
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Anisha Dutta India Flag India Read
CayCay Jennings United States Flag United States Read
Emile Pinet Canada Flag Canada Read
Teddy Kimathi Kenya Flag Kenya Read
Julia Ward France Flag France Read
Frederic Parker United States Flag United States Read
Olive Eloisa Guillermo - Fraser Philippines Flag Philippines Read
Laura Leiser United States Flag United States Read
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Rhonda Johnson-Saunders United States Flag United States Read
Robert Stoner Jr United States Flag United States Read
Faye Gibson United States Flag United States Read
michael tor United States Flag United States Read
Carol Eastman United States Flag United States Read
Charlie Smith United States Flag United States Read
Maurice Yvonne Canada Flag Canada Read
Elaine George Canada Flag Canada Read
Bob Quigley United States Flag United States Read
Shadow Hamilton United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom Read
Charles Henderson United States Flag United States Read
Robert Pettit United States Flag United States Read
Francine Roberts Canada Flag Canada Read
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jack horne United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom Read
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