Rudyard Kipling, more specifically his poem "IF"
When I turned 16 my father gave me a poem book with a short note and a request to read "If" first, as his father had given him on his 16th birthday. I was a little offended that I got a book of poetry for my birthday, until I understood exactly what that poem was telling me as a young emerging man. And if you have never read it before and you are a man you need to. And ask yourself if you really are a man. This is litteraly the standards that every man should follow to call them selves a true man.
Here is a link to this masterpiece in the rights of passage to manhood.
http://www.everypoet.com/archive/poetry … ing_if.htm
I am a big fan of Pablo Neruda and Federico Garcia Lorca. I also love Native American poets - Patty L. Harjo, Leslie Marmon Silko, and many others. The list is long!
Walt Whitman, because he saw the network of life for what it was, a tool, home, and purpose.
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