Posts Categorized: Poetry

Aug 28
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s Answers In A Game Of Questions

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s Answers In A Game Of Questions

Today is Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s birthday and I decided to share my favorite poem: Answers In A Game Of Questions. What’s your favorite von Goethe poem? Answers In A Game Of Questions THE LADY. IN the small and great world too, What most charms a woman’s heart? It is doubtless what is new, For its blossoms joy impart; Nobler far is what is true, For fresh blossoms it can shoot Even in the time of fruit. THE YOUNG GENTLEMAN. With the Nymphs in wood and cave Paris was acquainted well, Till Zeus sent, to make him rave, Three of those in Heav’n who dwell; And the choice more trouble gave Than e’er fell to mortal lot, Whether in old times or not. THE EXPERIENCED. Tenderly a woman view, And… Read more »

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Apr 07
William Wordsworth’s A Night Thought

William Wordsworth’s A Night Thought

Today is William Wordsworth’s birthday and I decided to share my favorite poem: A Night Thought.  What’s your favorite Wordsworth poem? A Night Thought Lo! where the Moon along the sky Sails with her happy destiny; Oft is she hid from mortal eye Or dimly seen, But when the clouds asunder fly How bright her mien! Far different we–a froward race, Thousands though rich in Fortune’s grace With cherished sullenness of pace Their way pursue, Ingrates who wear a smileless face The whole year through. If kindred humours e’er would make My spirit droop for drooping’s sake, From Fancy following in thy wake, Bright ship of heaven! A counter impulse let me take And be forgiven.

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Mar 26
Robert Frost’s A Prayer in Spring

Robert Frost’s A Prayer in Spring

Today is Robert Frost’s birthday and I decided to share one of my favorite Frost poems: A Prayer in Spring. What’s your favorite Frost work? A Prayer in Spring Oh, give us pleasure in the flowers to-day; And give us not to think so far away As the uncertain harvest; keep us here All simply in the springing of the year. Oh, give us pleasure in the orchard white, Like nothing else by day, like ghosts by night; And make us happy in the happy bees, The swarm dilating round the perfect trees. And make us happy in the darting bird That suddenly above the bees is heard, The meteor that thrusts in with needle bill, And off a blossom in mid air stands still. For this is love and… Read more »

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Mar 06
Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s How Do I Love Thee

Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s How Do I Love Thee

Today is Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s birthday and I decided to share my favorite poem: How Do I Love Thee?  What’s your favorite Browning poem? How Do I Love Thee? How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. I love thee to the depth and breadth and height My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight For the ends of Being and ideal Grace. I love thee to the level of every day’s Most quiet need, by sun and candlelight. I love thee freely, as men strive for Right; I love thee purely, as they turn from Praise. I love with a passion put to use In my old griefs, and with my childhood’s faith. I love thee with a love I seemed to lose With my lost… Read more »

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Jan 25
Robert Burns’ A Fond Kiss

Robert Burns’ A Fond Kiss

I attended my first Burns Supper in 2008 and it feels like it was yesterday. I was among three dozen international students and you could quickly tell us apart from our Scottish counterparts because we wide eyed and nervous; we had no idea what to anticipate. My good friend, Ewan, said I had nothing to worry about, but I was dreading tasting haggis. In the end, haggis wasn’t so bad and it was a wonderful evening that ended in a ceilidh. My Burns night plans fell through, but I’m still having a dram of whiskey later tonight. In honor of Robert Burns’ birthday, here’s the poem I would have read tonight. A Fond Kiss A fond kiss, and then we sever; A farewell, and then forever! Deep in heart-wrung tears… Read more »

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Jan 19
Edgar Allan Poe’s Annabel Lee

Edgar Allan Poe’s Annabel Lee

Today is Edgar Allan Poe’s birthday and I decided to share my favorite Poe poem: Annabel Lee. What’s your favorite Poe work? Annabel Lee It was many and many a year ago, In a kingdom by the sea, That a maiden there lived whom you may know By the name of ANNABEL LEE; And this maiden she lived with no other thought Than to love and be loved by me. I was a child and she was a child, In this kingdom by the sea; But we loved with a love that was more than love- I and my Annabel Lee; With a love that the winged seraphs of heaven Coveted her and me. And this was the reason that, long ago, In this kingdom by the sea, A wind… Read more »

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Jan 10
Book Spine Poem

Book Spine Poem

Escape Through the Pages is hosting this mini challenge for Bout of Books and here is my entry! It makes no sense, but this was fun. Shadow of Night A Keeper of Words Effortless, Thoughtless A Point of No Retreat The Siren Calls Sweetheart Kill You Twice It’s The Last Duel A Death in the Small Hours

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