The last poem is one that has gotten me through some tough times – Emily Dickinson’s Hope. Hope is a classic and is a metaphorical comment on the nature of hope. If you have never heard of Emily Dickinson, then you need to click the above link, hell even this link, and read as many poems as you can.
Dickinson has her own style and tackles some very weighty issues. I am in love with her, once again, morbid style. There is a focus on death, the self, and love in her work and coupled with her witty observations she creates truly inspired poems. I ‘hope’ 😉 you enjoy the below poem, Hope.
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I’m not going to lie to you – the below poem is a place holder. Albert Goldbarth is still the poet but the poem that truly changed my life was waaaay too long to put in this post. The actual title of Goldbarth’s poem that had an intellectual and life changing effect on me was: The Library.
Which can be found: here.
Do yourself a favour and click the link. The poem is on the long side, but it is quite an easy and entertaining read. The poem is just a long list where each line starts off with ‘This book’ and then goes on to detail all sorts of books. So once again, click the link 🙂
For those of you who are interested, The Library has previously been featured on my blog. In my post ‘Top Five Fictional Libraries,’ I have Goldbarth’s poem listed as number two on my top five list. If you’re interested in seeing what else makes my list, head on over and give it a read 😀
The Library poem is a list poem and list poems are my jam, yo. My undergraduate degree was a mixture of Writing/Ancient History/Cultural Studies and my main writing focus ended up being poetry because it is awesome. After I first read The Library, I knew I had found my favourite style. Over the years I’ve written many list poems and I can say that they are incredibly fun to write and would encourage anyone who is interested to give them a go!
The below poem, while not the life changing The Library poem, is still one of Goldbarth’s that struck a chord within me. I really love the below poem and think its incredibly sweet, so I hope you enjoy, The Sciences Sing a Lullabye.
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Day three – Hump day!
Carrying on with yesterdays theme of death, a third poem that I can’t stop thinking about is Billy Collin’s No Time.
The first time I read a Billy Collins poem, I knew I had to have more. I finished reading all the online poems available and then started ordering his books, one by one. I now have a (I think) pretty kickass collection of his poetry books and I lend them out to my friends every chance I get – have to share the love some how.
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Another poem that has had a profound effect on me and one my brain refuses to be forget is Dorthy Parker’s, Thought for a Sunshiny Morning.
If you do not know Dorothy Parker, you need to do yourself a favour and find out as much as you can about her. Similar to Spike Milligan, Parker’s poetry is equal parts heart breaking, scathing, and damned funny. It seems I’m a sucker for poems that have a sad humour to them, because most of my favourites of Parker (Resumé, Solace, and Unfortunate Coincidence) are vulnerably humourous.
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Poetry has the power to move people; it can speak to us, can convey emotions, and make us feel.
Poetry has the power to change people; it can make us see things differently, change how we feel, and force us to confront emotions.
Poetry has power.
Whatever your feelings are on poetry, whether you think its frivolous, tough to understand, or an amazing way of communicating human emotions, it can have a lasting effect on readers.
Across the week I will be posting five poems that, since reading them, have changed me and my life. The poems are ones that have, in one way or another, had an affect on me, have changed how I feel, and have floated around in my brain in the years since reading them.
Some of the poems are funny, some of them are a little bit morbid, and some of them have given me strength in trying times.
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