Friday, March 30, 2012

I contain multitudes

April is National Poetry Month!

In honor of such an auspicious event, I propose this: if you comment on this blog post with a) the title and poet of your favorite poem, or just a poem that you like a lot, and b) a sentence or two about why you like that particular poem so much, I will post the poem and your explanation sometime during April.

Any takers?


  1. Title: Poem I wrote
    Author: Me
    Explanation: He's really deep, and stuff.

    Actual poem:

    It's love!
    Or so she says, I
    heard, you

    Get at it girl!

  2. Izzy, who doesn't seem to be able to log in as Isabel Cooper.

    Title: Ulysses
    Author: Tennyson

    Explanation: There's a reason this gets quoted at, like, every graduation ever: the sense of endurance despite change, and of keeping the fundamental truth of our nature while still expanding to take in new experiences and change with them.

    Also, Tennyson is at his best when he's not writing about drippy girls being drippy. (MARIANA. JESUS.)

  3. Nenya, who also doesn't seem to be able to log in:

    Just found this one on a friend's blog:

    The Symbolic Poem
    by Fred Bremmer and Steve Kroese

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    ^ " ` $$-
    %*< > ~ #4
    &[ ]../

    (This poem can only be appreciated by reading it aloud, to wit:)

    Waka waka bang splat tick tick hash,
    Caret quote back-tick dollar dollar dash,
    Bang splat equal at dollar under-score,
    Percent splat waka waka tilde number four,
    Ampersand bracket bracket dot dot slash,
    Vertical-bar curly-bracket comma comma CRASH.

  4. Title: Ascension
    Author: Colleen Hitchcock
    Explanation: Because it's pretty.

    And if I go,
    while you're still here...
    Know that I live on,
    vibrating to a different measure
    --behind a thin veil you cannot see through.
    You will not see me,
    so you must have faith.
    I wait for the time when we can soar together again,
    --both aware of each other.
    Until then, live your life to its fullest.
    And when you need me,
    Just whisper my name in your heart,
    ...I will be there.

  5. Huh. I'm not sure why you all are not able to log in. Usually, you can just do it through the Name/URL slot. Perhaps it's a glitch with Blogspot? (There always seems to be a glitch with Blogspot.)

  6. Login problems continue; I just lost my entire comment (although that might be me and not you: house network is misbehaving lately).

    Anyway, to be brief this time:
    Poem: Directive, by Robert Frost

    Why I like it: the simple language that conveys ideas that aren't simple at all. (I had more to say, but I won't push my luck this time.)

    Anyway, that's what came to mind today. I might have a different favorite tomorrow, but it's poetry all month!


  7. Question for Captaincrude: Is "get at it girl" part of the poem or for me? 'Cause I wouldn't want to publish an incomplete poem! :)

  8. My apologies.

    The 'get at it girl" was indeed a playful jab intended to motivate.

    I did my best to make sure no girls, or women, were harmed or offended during the making of the poem.

  9. Nice blog. I'm on a bit of a mission to get my favorite classic poem up in to my top ten posts so it shows on the sidebar. So it would be great if you would have a look. Ozymandias