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Writer's Block: Taxmen and Poetry

It's Tax Day in the U.S., a day when the mind might be too occupied with deductions and long lines at the post office to think about poetry. But let's try: what's your favorite line of poetry? Song lyrics count.


It's only in the darkness that you see the faintest stars.

Or maybe this one from H. P. Lovecraft:

That is not dead which can eternal lie.
And in strange eons, even death may die.
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nerwengreen
Apr. 16th, 2009 05:15 pm (UTC)
Mine:

Do not go gentle into that good night.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.


Dylan Thomas
robertsloan2
Apr. 16th, 2009 05:51 pm (UTC)
I always loved that one too, thanks for mentioning it!
nerwengreen
Apr. 16th, 2009 07:16 pm (UTC)
Thought of another:

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I
I took the one less travelled by
And that has made all the difference.


Robert Frost

I don't like the vast majority of poetry, but there are a few that speak to me.

robertsloan2
Apr. 16th, 2009 08:08 pm (UTC)
I think that's a combination of both style and content for me. Much of the poetry I got subjected to in school was either descriptive but had no real point, or it carried themes that I despised and disagreed with. A few things were interesting.

When I had the Norton Anthology of Poetry, I was fonder of many of the ones that never get mentioned in school. But then it had a lot of medieval and older poetry and I liked the ancient styles of language and the feel of them.
nerwengreen
Apr. 16th, 2009 09:23 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I think the pure descriptiveness was the part that didn't really do it for me, either. Also, it can't be so abstracted that I have no idea what the poet was trying to say.

My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings:
Look upon my works, ye mighty, and despair!


Percy Bysshe Shelley

Another favorite. ;) I guess as I keep thinking about it, I remember quite a lot of good ones.
robertsloan2
Apr. 17th, 2009 04:25 am (UTC)
Oh yeah. That one was great. I love the image it creates too -- the broken statue with the feet and sand dunes and nothing else. Yep. They're out there. It's just schools don't assign those, they pick wimpy ones.
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