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25-09-2017, 19:45   #1
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Favourite poetry Lines

I couldn't find a thread so I thought I'd start one. What are your favorite lines of poetry? I love T.S. Eliot's poem, Little Gidding:

"We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time"
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Here's honest rot
To unpick the heart, pare bone
Free of the fictive vein. When one stark skeleton
Bulks real, all saints' tongues fall quiet:
Flies watch no resurrections in the sun.

From November Graveyard by Sylvia PLath
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When John Donne's wife Ann left him, he wrote

John Donne
Ann Donne

It touched me on a personal level.
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01-06-2018, 12:57   #4
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I love this line, one spread across two stanzas, from Heaney's The Grauballe Man about the remains of the eponymous bog body.

"As if he had been poured
in tar, he lies
on a pillow of turf
and seems to weep

the black river of himself."
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... get off my ****ing daffodils!

Gets me every time.
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18-06-2018, 17:14   #6
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From The Rime of the ancient mariner

Like one, that on a lonesome road
Doth walk in fear and dread,
And having once turned round walks on,
And turns no more his head;
Because he knows, a frightful fiend
Doth close behind him tread.
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A couple of times I've heard Americans refer to this as 'The Song of *the* Wandering Aengus', presumably because they never met anyone called Aengus and they don't know it's a name:

I went out to the hazel wood,
Because a fire was in my head,
And cut and peeled a hazel wand,
And hooked a berry to a thread;
And when white moths were on the wing,
And moth-like stars were flickering out,
I dropped the berry in a stream
And caught a little silver trout.

When I had laid it on the floor
I went to blow the fire a-flame,
But something rustled on the floor,
And someone called me by my name:
It had become a glimmering girl
With apple blossom in her hair
Who called me by my name and ran
And faded through the brightening air.

Though I am old with wandering
Through hollow lands and hilly lands,
I will find out where she has gone,
And kiss her lips and take her hands;
And walk among long dappled grass,
And pluck till time and times are done,
The silver apples of the moon,
The golden apples of the sun.
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I should have been a pair of ragged claws
Scuttling across the floors of silent seas.

- The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock by T.S. Eliot
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Everywhere you turn is luck.

-From The Undertaking by Louise Gluck
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"Why do we treat the fleeting day
with so much needless fear and sorrow?
It's in its nature not to stay:
Today is always gone tomorrow."

From "Nothing Twice" by Wislawa Szymborska.
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Break in the sun till the sun breaks down,
And death shall have no dominion.

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"Men work together" i told him from the heart "wether they work together or apart" ~ Robert Frost

I shall be telling this with a sigh,
Somewhere ages and ages hense,
Two roads divereged in a yellow wood and I, I
Took the one less travelled by
And that made all the difference ~ Robert Frost

"The world is quiet hear" ~ ASOUE
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A poem I wrote about my pet black Labrador when I was 8 years old, or something;

'Judy is my friend
Her job is to mend
Mend what I hear you say
She doesn't receive any pay
She mends a broken heart
And we will never part
And if I was lost
In hail rain snow or frost
She'd find me
And lie across my knee.
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29-07-2018, 07:45   #14
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"He was my North, my South, my East and West,
My working week and my Sunday rest,
My noon, my midnight, my talk, my song;
I thought that love would last forever: I was wrong.

The stars are not wanted now; put out every one,
Pack up the moon and dismantle the sun,
Pour away the ocean and sweep up the wood;
For nothing now can ever come to any good."

From Funeral Blues, W.H. Auden
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29-07-2018, 07:53   #15
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An honest man here lies at rest,
As e’er God with his image blest;
the friend of man, the friend of truth,
The friend of age, and guide of youth:
Few hearts like his, with virtue warm’d,
Few heads with knowledge so informed;
If there is another world, he lives in bliss;
If there is none, he made the best of this
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