Which Poets Have Inspired you?

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Re: Which Poets Have Inspired you?

Post by alaina_wray » 11 Jun 2014, 18:57

I love to hear Gertrude Stein's poetry read aloud. I can't stand reading it on the page. Good Ghost Bill is one of my most influential poets recently. Look some of his slam pieces up if you haven't heard of him!

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Post by Platonov » 12 Jun 2014, 01:27

Vasko Popa.

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Post by ekatemari » 12 Jun 2014, 09:41

So, I've recently started reading Japanese poetry (in translation) and this particular stanza from a tanka by Ishikawa Takuboku really sings to me:

I write in the sand
The word 'great'
More than a hundred times.
Then I go back home,
Dropping all thought of death.

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Post by ursellb » 21 Jun 2014, 15:32

Maya Angelou inspired me with her poems, and all that she did.

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Post by thefirsttime23 » 15 Apr 2015, 03:22

Rumi is the most influential i must say

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Post by romymaria » 28 Apr 2015, 21:33

Take a look at Rainer Maria Rilke, specifically the Duino Elegies
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Post by rosered769 » 07 May 2015, 15:59

Walt Whitman, Robert Frost, and Edgar Allen Poe.

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Post by Reviews4U » 07 May 2015, 21:43

It's really hard for me to decide because I have a lot of favorite poets. One of my favorite poems is The Cross of Snow. When you read and carefully go through the poem, it has a much deeper meaning, and it makes you feel something.

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The Cross of Snow is an amazingpoem by Henry Wadsworth. It has a deep meaning, and I love it everytime I read it.

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Post by TCRPI11 » 10 May 2015, 17:39

I fell for poetry at a young age when I studied Langston Hughes, Shakespeare, Gwendolyn Brooks, Edgar Allan Poe, Emily Dickerson, and Maya Angelou. My favorites continue to grow...

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I fell for poetry at a young age when I studied Langston Hughes, Shakespeare, Gwendolyn Brooks, Edgar Allan Poe, Emily Dickerson, and Maya Angelou.

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Post by Kayo Smada » 25 May 2015, 19:37

One poem that changed me in college was "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" by T.S. Eliot. The lines "For I have known them all already, known them all:/ Have known the evenings, mornings, afternoons,/ I have measured out my life in coffee spoons" have stayed with me all these years. The opening lines are another of my favorite lines: "Let us go then, you and I,/ When the evening is spread out against the sky." His descriptions of truths as they are from the point of view of the somewhat apathetic narrator really opened my mind at that time in my life.

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Post by deftlyspeaking » 31 May 2015, 18:50

Sonia Sanchez, e.e. cummings, Emily Dickinson, Langston Hughes and John Keats.

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Post by LitisLife4+ » 05 Jun 2015, 05:56

I cannot read William Carlos Williams' "The Widow's Lament in Springtime" without crying my eyes out. Love it.

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Post by Emmers00 » 09 Jun 2015, 14:42

I personally adore Sara Teasdale her works had such an ethereal and melancholy vibe to them while still being hopeful. Also Vladimir Nabakov, Tyler Knott Gregson and Rumi.

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Post by H0LD0Nthere » 09 Jun 2015, 21:30

Kipling
Gerard Manley Hopkins (just one of his poems - "The Grandeur of God")
Dylan Thomas
Shakespeare
J.R.R. Tolkien
C.S. Lewis
Robert Frost
Maya Angelou
T.S. Eliot
G.K. Chesterton (though he would hate to be on the same list with Eliot!)
Shel Silverstein
Bob Dylan

It may appear from this list that I read poetry very often. I don't. Just occasionally. But to really make an impact, an author just has to have one really terrific poem that echoes in your mind for days, right? Which is not say that's true of all those on this list ... many of them have MANY terrific poems ...
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Post by Thesaurus Rex » 10 Jun 2015, 08:55

None of them.

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