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Favorite Poems from Male Poets

April 29th, 2009 (06:11 am)
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In honor of the second national Poem In Your Pocket Day (which is technically tomorrow, Thursday, April 30th, 2009) and in time for my monthly post at GuysLitWire, I wanted to share some of my favorite poetry written by guys.

The Mouse's Tale as published in the classic story Alice's Adventures of Wonderland by Lewis Carroll is a wonderful example of emblematic verse. You have to see it to believe it. No, really. See? It's structured to look like a mouse's tail!

The poem in Carroll's original manuscript, Alice's Adventures Under Ground, was completely different, but it too was emblematic. Click here to check it out.

I've posted about The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald at both Bildungsroman and GuysLitWire. But Fitzgerald didn't only write novels and short stories; he also wrote poems. My favorites include On a Play Twice Seen, in which an audience member connects scenes to memories, and the beautifully haunting We Leave To-night, which was printed in This Side of Paradise.

I could easily ramble on here for days and share quotes from my favorite poems, plays, and songs. I want to make sure you read Fog by Carl Sandburg, which makes me think of cats and San Francisco. I'd like you to visit Robert Frost and let him introduce you to My November Guest and Fireflies in the Garden. I want you to discover what Hamlet wrote to Ophelia and run with the fairies over hill, over dale, as described by William Shakespeare. I urge you to consider the poetry of music and lyrics, such as those by Duncan Sheik.

Most of all, I hope that you hear and see the poetry in your daily life. In the words you speak. In the words that you hear. In the rhythm of your steps (to the beat of your heart).

In the rush, and the wind, and the silence, may the poetry always be there.

Who are your favorite male poets?

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Posted by: kellyrfineman (kellyrfineman)
Posted at: April 29th, 2009 02:22 pm (UTC)
How can I find words? Poets have taken t

Shakespeare, Frost, Yeats, Billy Collins, Eliot, Wordsworth, Carroll, Keats, MacNeice

Edited at 2009-04-29 02:23 pm (UTC)

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: April 29th, 2009 02:29 pm (UTC)

I do not know MacNeice.
I must rectify this straightaway.

Posted by: blackeyedsusans.blogspot.com (ext_83024)
Posted at: April 29th, 2009 07:26 pm (UTC)

Cornelius Eady, Donald Hall, Yusef Komunyakaa, Dudley Randall,Robert Hayden William Stafford, Phiip Levine,Jim Daniels,Tyehimba Jess, Major Carter, Kevin Young and Edward Hirsch.

I have a huge love affair with contemporary Detroit poets. We have great poets here who span generations.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: April 30th, 2009 04:55 am (UTC)

Excellent to bridge the gaps between generations!

Posted by: blackeyedsusans.blogspot.com (ext_83024)
Posted at: April 30th, 2009 12:15 pm (UTC)

Little Willow,

Who among these are you familiar? Do you enjoy any in particular?

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: April 30th, 2009 02:26 pm (UTC)

I'm not familiar with any of them. That's why I'm loving the comments on this post and the mirrored post at GLW -- it gives me plenty of people and poems to research! :)

Posted by: blackeyedsusans.blogspot.com (ext_83024)
Posted at: April 30th, 2009 08:23 pm (UTC)

What's GLW?

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: April 30th, 2009 10:19 pm (UTC)

GuysLitWire - http://guyslitwire.blogspot.com - a group blog where a different person posts every weekday throughout the month. This was my piece for this month! :)

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: May 1st, 2009 05:42 am (UTC)

If you haven't looked already, Donald Hall was a recent, former Poet Laureate.

Thanks for the link.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: May 1st, 2009 05:43 am (UTC)

Enjoy!

Posted by: blackeyedsusans.blogspot.com (ext_83024)
Posted at: May 3rd, 2009 12:48 am (UTC)

Ah, thought of you when I saw this today. Enjoy

http://poefrika.blogspot.com/2009/04/komunyakaas-facing-it.html

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: May 6th, 2009 04:48 am (UTC)

Thanks for the link. Watching it now. I always like hearing poems read by the poets, to hear the cadence and true meaning. Ooh, I like the timbre of his voice.

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