I'm writing an article on great poets and would like to ask for your help. Who is your favorite poet and why? It doesn't have to be someone famous. Published and unpublished names welcomed. I'll go first.
My favorite Poet is E.E. Cummings. I loved the way he broke out from the crowd and did things differently, (for his time) such as using ampersands and his signature "i" that he didn't capitalize.
Sounds interesting. I'm glad you mentioned Cummings. This may sound strange, but for several years I've intermittently signed my name (when typing, not when writing) with small letters, and it really hadn't occurred to me exactly why I do that. Now I reckon it's a connection to my liking for cummings's style. Isn't it odd the influences we retain sometimes?.....
If you will ask that who is the greatest poet of all then undoubtedly and unbiasedly there is only one man in this universe. He is Mirza Galib of India, the emperor's poet. But language is barrier for you to personally read and savor his writings because he used to write in Farsi language. Not only his writings are great, he was having the perfect attitude of an artist. He was Michael Jackson of poetry.
Ok, here goes. H.D. was a contemporary of Ezra Pound (was once engaged to him) and wrote a memoir about him "End to Torment". She was also a reknowned poet in her own right whose style is often referred to as 'imagist' and frequently described as "crystalline" a label she apparantly loathed as superficial. Her writing is largely influenced by Sigmund Freud. In a forward to "Hermetic Definition" Norman Holmes Pearson says this about her work: "Like many Freudians, she became quasi-Jungian and could bring the cabala, astrology, magic, Christianiy, classical and Egyptian mythology, and personal experience into a joint sense of Ancient Wisdom." As an aspiring writer, I admire the way she deftly moves between myth and metaphor, and between deeply personal and universal themes. I also enjoy the range of life experience that informs her work, (beautifully detailed in her autobiography 'HERmione' published posthumously by her daughter Perdita Schaffner).
Jess Bolluyt. She is beginning to be published and recognized. She is my twin sister.
I also enjoy the poetic translations of Dante's Divine Comedy - I have no idea which one is the best actual translation of Dante's original text, since I do not know Italian, but they are certainly wonderful to read! I am most familiar with those by Longfellow, Ciardi, and Cary.
Oh I forgot the why, Roethke wrote "My Papa's Waltz" and "Waking" and Elizabeth Bishop is the author of many great poems, too many too count, I also have to give a shout out to Ezra Pound who wrote those incredible "Cantos."
Khalil Gibran, a Lebanese christian poet, his philosophy and spirituality have made his writing deep and full of wisdom. He was not in any sense a christian poet but there was a huge influence of Christian thought, Sufism, Islam and Hinduism in his poetic essays. I love Keats and many other romantic poets but the influence Kalil Gibran's poetry has had on my life is amazing. I would consider him an all time great.
My favorite poets are Frederico Lorca, Sonja Sanchez, Nikki Giovanni, Shakespeare, Rita Dove, Amir Baraka, I'm going to stop right there...too many for me to keep going but my all time favorite (i think) is Sonja Sanchez.
Wow, tough question! There are so many great poets. I like Robert Frost, Pablo Neruda, e.e. cummings (out of respect), Sylvia Plath, W. H . Auden, so many more. And those are just modern age poets. If I had to pick one though it would be Frost.
Emily Dickinson. she was afraid of facing the world physically but could destroy and regrow it mentally. found love, found loss and still she continued. she was innocent but also daring. she wrote with all the human emotion. logic. she wrote truth, because she had no reason to lie.
A must read- Stanley Kunitz, "The Thing That Eats the Heart." I think he is the best poet in our lifetime. I love Billy Collins "The Laynard", Sylvia Plath, John Donne, Alexander Pope, Elizabeth Bishop, and of course Emerson.
Most of the poetry I have read since rediscovering my voice (shortly after beginning to write here) have been from authors here. Many of whom I honor and value. Larry, Ralwus, Silentreed, amongst others. I value Frost, Emerson, and Shakespeare. I favor Poe but do not emulate him if I can manage it. Mostly I shut all these voices out of my head when I sought my own. I now like mine very well but as I am not as known as my honored fore-bearers, I shall point to them and not myself. Only hoping the three finger rule works just as well now as ever.
So far i've read all of Tupac's poems and I've been reading Robert Frost as well. Not too much into Frost, he just isn't my style and I get bored of him at times. Basically at the moment I'd have to say Tupac but i'm trying to read other poets too, so please give suggestions! I'm into deep poets, so that's why i'm not down with Frost.
I have found that people resonate with poets that explain it how the reader feels life is or should be. The further we expand into the mindset of other points of view we start to appreciate the cleaver ways in which they describe their way of life. I am not surprised that you are not into Robert frost as he idealized rural and farm life in much of his work. I very much doubt that he would understand Tupac any more then you understand his work.
I agree Jagged, I have his whole collection and i'm still reading. I've kinda made a note to myself that I don't want to end up writing like him because he just gives off a boring feel in my opinion. But he was no doubt good though, i'm not saying he wasin't. He just wasn't my style. I'm sure EVERYBODY would've understood Tupac if he wrote in correct grammar. Even so his messages still stood out.
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