Poignant poetry please
November 13, 2011 10:30 PM Subscribe
Suggestions for a poignant (but not depressing) poem to give on the occasion of a niece's christening?
posted by Weng to writing & language (6 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I would like to write out a beautiful poem and frame it as a christening gift for my new niece. The parents are not particularly religious and the poem needn't be either.
Most of the poems I like seem to be quite melancholy and possibly a bit dark for this occasion (for example TS Eliot, Sylvia Plath, WH Auden and Robert Frost are a few of my favourite poets that come to mind). But on the other hand, I don't want anything too sweet or sentimental - it just doesn't feel right for this occasion somehow.
I have no knowledge of contemporary poetry, nor anything that might not have been textbook college reading in the mid-90s. Please expand my mind MeFi, and fill me in on some of the many exciting poets I have not yet discovered!