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spacemonkey
post Aug 10 2005, 06:59 PM
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Just did a quick search on the forum and it appears we've got no thread for our favourite pieces of poetry. Considering this carefully, I decided to start one. One of my favourites is as follows.

Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Though wise men at their end know dark is right,
Because their words had forked no lightning they
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright
Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight,
And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way,
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight
Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

And you, my father, there on the sad height,
Curse, bless me now with your fierce tears, I pray.
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Dylan Thomas - 1951
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kateykinz
post Jul 31 2006, 08:38 PM
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Journey - Edna St. Vincent Millay

Ah, could I lay me down in this long grass
And close my eyes, and let the quiet wind
Blow over me--I am so tired, so tired
Of passing pleasant places! All my life,
Following Care along the dusty road,
Have I looked back at loveliness and sighed;
Yet at my hand an unrelenting hand
Tugged ever, as I passed. All my life long
Over my shoulder have I looked at peace;
And now I would fain lie in this long grass
And close my eyes.

Yet Onward!
Cat-birds call
Through the long afternoon, and creeks at dusk
Are gutteral. Whip-poor-wills wake and cry,
Drawing the twilight close about their throats.
Only my heart makes answer. Eager vines
Go up the rocks and wait; flushed apple-trees
Pause in their dance and break the ring for me;
Dim, shady wood-roads, redolent of fern
And bayberry, that through sweet bevies thread
Of round-faced roses, pink and petulant,
Look back and beckon ere they dissappear.
Only my heart, only my heart responds.

Yet, ah, my path is sweet on either side
All through the dragging day,--sharp underfoot
And hot, and like dead mist the dry dust hangs--
But far, oh, far as passionate eye can reach,
And long, ah, long as rapturous eye can cling,
The world is mine: blue hill, still silver lake,
Broad field, bright flower, and the long white road;
A gateless garden, and an open path;
My feet to follow, and my heart to behold.
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- spacemonkey   Poetry   Aug 10 2005, 06:59 PM
- - m0r1arty   Love his work! And he was a drunken Welshman ...   Aug 10 2005, 07:07 PM
- - spacemonkey   Yeah, he did a good job on a lot of his work.   Aug 10 2005, 10:06 PM
- - Hobbes   Try Saul Williams, he's an excellent modern po...   Aug 10 2005, 11:14 PM
- - Ingram   A few of my favourites, nothing really modern at a...   Aug 10 2005, 11:20 PM
- - PrincessKate   First, a li'l lighthearted love poetry: After...   Aug 10 2005, 11:26 PM
- - superfurryandy   Death Stands Above Me - Walter Savage Landor Deat...   Aug 10 2005, 11:28 PM
- - Zoe   I've already posted a few of my favourites ove...   Aug 11 2005, 03:50 PM
- - kateykinz   My favourite is the Road Not Taken by Robert Frost...   Aug 11 2005, 03:59 PM
- - Igmeister   My favorite is 'Song of Myself' by Walt Wh...   Aug 11 2005, 07:23 PM
- - Sean of the Dead   This one isn't necessarily my favourite, but i...   Aug 11 2005, 07:40 PM
- - Igmeister   Read this the other day, and it had a bit of an ef...   Aug 29 2005, 05:19 PM
|- - feck off!   QUOTE (Igmeister @ Aug 29 2005, 05:19 PM)Read...   Aug 29 2005, 08:56 PM
|- - Igmeister   QUOTE (feck off! @ Aug 29 2005, 08:56 PM)...   Aug 29 2005, 10:04 PM
- - billypig   I like Thomas Gray's 'Elegy Written in a C...   Aug 29 2005, 05:49 PM
- - feck off!   Hire Car by John Cooper Clarke double park - don...   Aug 29 2005, 09:03 PM
- - spacegurl   Independence - A.A Milne I never did, I never did...   Aug 30 2005, 01:16 AM
- - maian   QUOTE (Hobbes @ Aug 10 2005, 11:14 PM)Try Sau...   Aug 30 2005, 05:16 PM
- - Raven   To my mind you can't beat a bit of Betjeman, b...   Aug 30 2005, 06:08 PM
- - widowspider   QUOTE (Ingram @ Aug 11 2005, 12:20 AM)A few o...   Aug 31 2005, 03:45 PM
- - m0r1arty   Widowspiders right about the other war poets, I re...   Aug 31 2005, 09:01 PM
- - Igmeister   On the war poet theme, Dulce et Decorum Est by Wif...   Sep 1 2005, 09:45 AM
- - widowspider   QUOTE (Igmeister @ Sep 1 2005, 10:45 AM)On th...   Sep 1 2005, 02:33 PM
|- - Igmeister   QUOTE (widowspider @ Sep 1 2005, 02:33 PM)One...   Sep 2 2005, 12:44 PM
- - ronlogan1977   Every rose has its thorn Just Like every cowboy si...   Sep 2 2005, 01:19 PM
- - Zoe   Heart still patters with last night's poison. ...   Nov 1 2005, 01:53 PM
- - Julie   Thats one very pretty hangover.   Nov 1 2005, 02:06 PM
- - Jinx   Valentine by Carol Ann Duffy Not a red rose or a ...   Nov 1 2005, 02:16 PM
|- - Zoe   QUOTE (Jinx @ Nov 1 2005, 02:16 PM)Valentine ...   Nov 1 2005, 07:44 PM
|- - feck off!   QUOTE (Jinx @ Nov 1 2005, 02:16 PM)Valentine ...   Nov 1 2005, 07:50 PM
- - ipse dixit   ^ I like that, Jinx. The Secret - John Clare I ...   Nov 1 2005, 07:39 PM
- - feck off!   Fair fa' your honest, sonsie face, Great chief...   Jan 25 2006, 04:12 PM
- - PrincessKate   I'm going to chip in with something utterly un...   May 14 2006, 05:25 PM
- - kateykinz   Journey - Edna St. Vincent Millay Ah, could I lay...   Jul 31 2006, 08:38 PM
- - maian   Huh, I just looked this thread up to post '254...   Apr 20 2009, 08:20 PM
- - spacemonkey   Deary me it has been a long time This is another...   Apr 21 2009, 10:05 AM
- - PrincessKate   I have The History Boys and Alan Bennett to thank ...   Apr 21 2009, 10:11 AM
- - spacemonkey   This one's always been a little favourite of m...   Apr 21 2009, 10:16 AM
- - Kick in the Head   It's been a looooong time since I read any poe...   Apr 21 2009, 11:52 PM
- - Igmeister   I think this thread deserves a revival, I started ...   Mar 17 2010, 07:14 PM


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