I have 3 Poets that I consider favorites.
1. Javan - I think Javan's Poetry style is simplicity but with much comprehension. I've always said that the poets that stick out to me the most are the ones that I could relate to the most. In this case Love is probably the most obvious topic to disect but the form of simplicity he uses is soothing to the listener/reader. I love all 4 of his poetry book. Google him if you havent heard of him.
2. Richard Lovelace- I started reading Lovelace in High School , I stood up in front of my class and recited "To Lucasta: Going to the Wars". A 17th century poet, who also was a soldier, would write to Lucasta poem from his jail cell. I started reading his Bio after high school, very tragic ending but overall great scheme. Always made great reference to his physical state of being with the mental.
True, a new mistress now I chase,
The first foe in the field;
And with a stronger faith embrace
A sword, a horse, a shield.
Stone walls do not a prison make,
Nor iron bars a cage;
Minds innocent and quiet take
3 Langston Hughes - More because of his significance through the Harlem Renaissance. He was for the most part able to embrace the lifestyle of that era and cultivate society to start a movement. Reminds me of HipHop in the 1970's, whether you like the genre or not it has influence the mass of most nations if not all. But going back to Langston the short story : "Salvation" has to be my favorite Langston piece. I wrote a song called "Salvation" it has the line...I was saved when I was 13 but not really saved. I could relate with Langston in the sense of finding my belief in God and Jesus.
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Hi, I had this nice little volume "Golden Treasury". Lost it somewhere during my travels. I used to return to it every evening when I got back to my little room in New Delhi. I enjoyed rereading Wordsworth, Emily Dickenson, Walt Whitman and others. Old man Shakespeare is not bad at all!
When in college I scribbled on the desk one of Whitman's short poems, which I think goes like this,
If you passing, meet me
and desire to speak to me
Why shall you not speak to me
and why shall I not speak to you?
This led to a miserable affair which still rankles!
1. Elizabeth Bishop (the woman could do things with the English language that still make my pulse go haywire)
2. Emily Dickinson (Fell inlove with poetry because of Emily. When you read the lines "this is my letter to the world/that never wrote to me" as a lonely 14 year old, there's an instant connection there)
3. Jane Kenyon (again, another one who was able to make me swoon, even when writing about something as common as a nectarine)
4. Billy Collins (because he makes it all look so damn easy, and he really seems to have fun with poetry)
As a side note, it's no accident that two of my daughters are named Emily and Elizabeth
Brigit Pegeen Kelly
Amazing writers all.
I also enjoy Jane Kenyon.
I love Tess Gallagher.
Sam Greene has the most amazing relationship with poetry. Hearing him read is like floating in a dream.
For some craziness, a bit of Bukowski.
Shakespeare, Poe, Dickinson, and me! Okay, maybe not me so much, but I love Poetry and love trying to write it.
Sorry, gamergirl, I will have a look at your writing. More. Betty Jo
Definitely Dylan Thomas, Robert Frost, William Blake, and if for nothing else than the imagery...Sharon Olds.
Indeed Robert Frost! This stanza always resonates in the back of my mind whenever I take a walk by the countryside, or when certain darkness deep within one's soul beckons...
"The woods are lovely, dark and deep
But there are promises to keep
and miles to go before I sleep..."
Hope I have not misquoted...
Thomas Hardy would be my first choice, but the list of great poets is a long one. I am a great Burns fan too, though I accept that the language is difficult for non-Scots.
Tennyson, please excuse me for being so conservative.
I love the poetry of Allama Iqbal(urdu poet).Oh you all who are unaware of poetry and see it as a sign of conservation,you are missing literature,wahts there in literature other than poetry ..novels,fictions.For me they are secondary.
Well for me..
1. Kazi Nazrul Islam
2. Rabindronath Tagore
John Milton because that dour old puritan sure could write.
Edmund Spener, we all need a Fairy Queene.
Emily Dickinson, she gave us the eloquent dash ---
Shakespeare, but really he belongs to the Theater, but he did do some Sonnets I hear.
Elizabeth Barrett Browning
And all you others whom I love and have not mentioned. :-)
I'm fond of Dickinson, Whitman and Rumi. Dickinson for her inner vision and succinct style. Whitman for his outer vision, his extroverted affirmation of life and lush style. I appreciate Rumi for his spiritual vision and profound understanding of love.
Oh my... this is going to be a BIG list, as I am an avid reader of poetry.
So let's start with my classical favorites: George Gordon Noel Byron (Lord Byron), Percy B. Shelley, John Keats, Oscar Wilde, Edgar Allen Poe, William Blake, William Shakespeare, Christopher Marlowe, Kahlil Gibran, Rumi, William Morris, John Milton, Dante, Robert Burns, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Walt Whitman, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, William Butler Yeats, Lord Alfred Tennyson and Samuel Taylor Coleridge.
And in the realms of the somewhat "newer" poets, I would have to say that Anais Nin, Erica Jong, T. S. Eliot, J. R. R. Tolkien, Robert Frost, Walter de la Mare, Jack Kerouac and Ginsberg are my favorites.
“A poet is a nightingale, who sits in darkness and sings to cheer its own solitude with sweet sounds...” - Shelley
I can't remember the words, but I am sure Paraglider can.
Paraglider is a great writer. Where is it we find your great work?
I think you received some type of reward? bj
Yes, Kahlil Gibran used to be one of my favourites too...But maybe I have grown old, many relationships later, I find Gibran too sweet! When the bitterness of broken relationships recedes, I might pick up Gibran again. I think I once gifted a copy to one of my close friends. We used to frequent a second hand book shop in Bangalore called 'Select' and would both pounce upon used volumes of Gibran, ending up gifting each other!
W. H. Auden:
"For in my arms I hold
The Flower of the Ages,
And the first love of the world."
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