‘The Book of Disquiet’ is the weirdest autobiography ever5 votes
What will survive of Philip Larkin3 votes
English translation of Finland's epic poem, The Kalevala (1898)12 votes
Louise Glück wins Nobel Prize for Literature6 votes
A Brave and Startling Truth: Maya Angelou’s stunning humanist poem that flew to space, inspired by Carl Sagan and read by astrophysicist Janna Levin6 votes
Remembrance - Emily Bronte5 votes
All Watched Over By Machines Of Loving Grace3 votes
Books briefing: If your attention span is shrinking, read poetry10 votes
IF, Rudyard Kipling's poem, recited by Sir Michael Caine6 votes
What do you think the first sentence of this poem means? | Fiddler Jones by Edgar Lee Masters
THE EARTH keeps some vibration going There in your heart, and that is you. And if the people find you can fiddle, Why, fiddle you must, for all your life. What do you see, a harvest of clover? Or...
THE EARTH keeps some vibration going
There in your heart, and that is you.
And if the people find you can fiddle,
Why, fiddle you must, for all your life.
What do you see, a harvest of clover?
Or a meadow to walk through to the river?
The wind’s in the corn; you rub your hands
For beeves hereafter ready for market;
Or else you hear the rustle of skirts
Like the girls when dancing at Little Grove.
To Cooney Potter a pillar of dust
Or whirling leaves meant ruinous drouth;
They looked to me like Red-Head Sammy
Stepping it off, to “Toor-a-Loor.”
How could I till my forty acres
Not to speak of getting more,
With a medley of horns, bassoons and piccolos
Stirred in my brain by crows and robins
And the creak of a wind-mill—only these?
And I never started to plow in my life
That some one did not stop in the road
And take me away to a dance or picnic.
I ended up with forty acres;
I ended up with a broken fiddle—
And a broken laugh, and a thousand memories,
And not a single regret.
I've always loved this poem. To me, it's about a man, loved by many, that recognizes his responsibilities, but can't help but forgo them to go and have fun with friends and loved ones (in short, anyways). The first line, however, has always intrigued me, and I can never land on a meaning for it. I think it's basically saying that in your heart is your true character (your soul), and that will never change. Or maybe it's saying that everyone has that "vibration" in their heart that yearns for enjoyment. What do you think?4 votes
Poetry: “The Places We Are Not” by Sarah Kay3 votes
Exile | Exil | ⴵⵘⴵ̇ⵔⴵ̇ⵙ, a poem by Hawad6 votes
Dream Seminar, a poem by Tomas Tranströmer, translated from the Swedish by Patty Crane4 votes
Emily Dickinson Museum receives $22 million gift6 votes
Tildistas, what is your favorite poem?
there have been quite a few discussions on poetry on here and more than a few people post it from time to time, but i don't think anybody's asked this question recently if at all on this site, so...
there have been quite a few discussions on poetry on here and more than a few people post it from time to time, but i don't think anybody's asked this question recently if at all on this site, so let me be the first to do that.
alternative/bonus question for those of you who can't pick a singular poem: who is your favorite poet in general?
(also just to be clear, non-anglophone poetry/poets are of course welcome for the answer here. don't feel limited or obligated to confine yourself just to english poetry because most of the people here are anglophones)19 votes
A poetry-writing AI has just been unveiled. It’s ... pretty good.10 votes
Simon Armitage: 'Witty and profound' writer to be next Poet Laureate8 votes
Review: "Bedroom Music" by Steph Castor5 votes
Australian poet Les Murray dies at 80
Death notice at ABC news: Australian poet Les Murray dies at 80 Article about Les Murray in 2002: In the Land of Les Murray3 votes
A Bouquet Of Poets For National Poetry Month4 votes
Can Poetry Move Readers to Take Climate Action?5 votes
Frieze, a poem by Erin Elizabeth Smith4 votes
What are some good entry points for getting into poetry?
I like the idea of poetry, but I almost never actually read it. My knowledge of the form is pretty much limited to a handful of popular classics that I had to read back in high school; one or two...
I like the idea of poetry, but I almost never actually read it. My knowledge of the form is pretty much limited to a handful of popular classics that I had to read back in high school; one or two poems each from Robert Frost, Emily Dickinson, Langston Hughes, Walt Whitman, and Shakespeare.
Where do I start if I want to dip my toes into poetic waters? What are some good poems/compilations for poetry novices? I'm particularly interested in modern, contemporary voices, but I'm open to anything.19 votes
Holdfast, a poem by Robin Beth Schaer5 votes
‘Crisis,’ a Poem by W. H. Auden5 votes
French Novel, a poem by Richie Hofmann4 votes
The 32 most iconic poems in the English language.11 votes
A never-before-seen short story by Sylvia Plath will be published in January.7 votes