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What are your favorite poems about the end of a relationship?

Please tell me your favorite poems about the demise of a relationship, breaking up, and letting go of someone.
posted by invisible ink on Sep 25, 2011 - 42 answers

Poetry recommendations?

What recent poetry would you recommend? Who writes more clearly and appeals to the senses? (more inside) [more inside]
posted by maurreen on Sep 24, 2011 - 20 answers

THis close to worshiping Prometheia

Are there any other folkloric/religious/mythological beings/concepts other than the Muses who preside over or rule inspiration or creativity? [more inside]
posted by The Whelk on Sep 20, 2011 - 14 answers

I've read a poem that has intrigued me and piqued my curiosity, but unfortunately it also confused me

I've read a poem that has intrigued me and piqued my curiosity but unfortunately it also confused me. It would be great if someone here could elucidate its meaning for me. The poem is The Curse by John Donne.
posted by gregb1007 on Sep 19, 2011 - 6 answers

The what that nothing what

I dimly remember some lines from a poem or novel that go something like, "The something something, which something something, something something something, that nothing [heals/helps]" Basically I remember the cadence, but very few of the words. The lines were very poignant. What were they? [more inside]
posted by Acheman on Sep 19, 2011 - 6 answers

Larkin banking his screw

Trying to decipher a line in a poem by Philip Larkin for a translation… [more inside]
posted by MrMisterio on Sep 17, 2011 - 8 answers

If it doesn't tell a story, my mind won't remember it. Help?

My Master's exam is coming up in two weeks, and I can't concentrate enough on the poetry to read it, let alone remember it... help? [more inside]
posted by patheral on Aug 27, 2011 - 10 answers

The place where fingers go to snap.

(East Coast US filter): Please help me find professional quality spoken word! [more inside]
posted by stroke_count on Aug 14, 2011 - 4 answers

Help me remember a book about a poetic floating sphere

I've been reading the Vorkosigan Saga, and I'm really enjoying the political-intrigue aspect. They've reminded me of a book I read at least five years ago, but I can only half-remember it...hoping the bits and pieces are familiar to someone here: - a human male protagonist who is a diplomat or attache or moves or works in that area (at least during the events of the novel) - a politically important event (negotiations?) involving humans and aliens, on earth or another planet (not in space) - a friend/colleague of the protagonist is a non-human who I believe is a floating sphere (which I think was on the cover and looked sort of pokemon-logo-ish) - a poetry contest(?) which the sphere person is interested in, and the poetry was a particularly complex form, possibly (or compared to) haiku or tanka (possibly knowing about or composing this type of poetry was necessary or useful in the diplomatic mission) Any bells?
posted by sarahkeebs on Aug 13, 2011 - 10 answers

Poetry and Goths

I'm looking for a particular comedy poem about goths. [more inside]
posted by gonzo_ID on Aug 11, 2011 - 3 answers

Forward/Backward Poem(s)?

What is the name/term of art for a poem that can be read forward and have one meaning, and again backwards for another? [more inside]
posted by Chipmazing on Aug 9, 2011 - 6 answers

Help me identify an obscure(?) British(?) poem.

Help me identify an obscure(?) British(?) poem. [more inside]
posted by Ozarkian on Aug 9, 2011 - 8 answers

This has been driving me crazy for a few weeks now

Trying to find a poem: I don't know much about it, but remember a few details. The main details revolve around a guy watching a baseball game while on drugs. It may have been French in origin. It may have been some other sport, but I'm almost positive it was baseball.
posted by codacorolla on Jul 30, 2011 - 3 answers

Did Sappho write about the love lizard?

Did I imagine this Sappho fragment describing love as a "terrible lizard?" [more inside]
posted by sally onion on Jul 29, 2011 - 7 answers

Hello, Slush Pile! I've kinda missed you

What is it like editing a literary magazine in the age of the internet? [more inside]
posted by Ideal Impulse on Jul 15, 2011 - 2 answers

Public domain poem with two speakers/pov

Publicdomainpoetryfilter: I'm trying to find a poem (any poem, not a specific poem) that is: [more inside]
posted by audiodidactic on Jul 10, 2011 - 8 answers

Jules Laforgue's misery

Trying to track down the location of a quotation by the French/Uruguayan poet Jules Laforgue, mentioned by Johan Huizinga. [more inside]
posted by hydatius on Jul 5, 2011 - 2 answers

M'aidez, m'aidez!

Help me identify this (French) Rilke poem. Details within. [more inside]
posted by naturalog on Jul 3, 2011 - 2 answers

Best translation of Lucretius

Hey classicists! What's the best translation of Lucretius' De Rerum Natura? [more inside]
posted by Chicken Boolean on Jun 26, 2011 - 9 answers

Hi, I'm anon. Am I a philistine?

Do you honestly enjoy reading free verse? Can you explain to me why I should enjoy it, too? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 24, 2011 - 27 answers

How did poetry die out as a popular art form?

How did poetry die out as a popular art form? [more inside]
posted by Clambone on Jun 17, 2011 - 40 answers

Walcott Poem

Could you help me understand a poem? "Frederiksted, Dusk" by Derek Walcott. [more inside]
posted by Paquda on Jun 14, 2011 - 13 answers

poetry recommendations

Poetry recommendations? [more inside]
posted by Paquda on Jun 3, 2011 - 35 answers

What is the title, author, and complete text of a poem that starts with "October swings from moon to moon"?

What is the title, author, and complete text of a poem that starts with the phrase "October swings from moon to moon"? [more inside]
posted by tcskeptic on Jun 2, 2011 - 1 answer

Help me ID this New Yorker poem.

Trying to find a poem I read in the New Yorker 2-4 years ago -- using only one phrase and one image... help! [more inside]
posted by delight on May 21, 2011 - 5 answers

Do you this Poem?

I am looking for a poem that I read in Time or Newsweek or some such magazine about ten years ago (probably longer). I am almost sure that the poet was Scandinavian and the poem was about the co-existence of good and bad things in the world. The poem illustrated this concept by talking about the existence of a tongue amongst sharp teeth and how a gentle heart is held by the rib cage. Any ideas? Thanks.
posted by harigopal on May 21, 2011 - 3 answers

Are giant steps what you take, walking on The Sun (apologies to The Police)?

Can anyone tell me, well, ANYTHING about a person (hypothetically) standing on the sun? [more inside]
posted by argonauta on May 16, 2011 - 44 answers

Name that poem

Help me remember this spoken word poem/poet [more inside]
posted by one little who on May 11, 2011 - 3 answers

Searching for Mike Romoth

MIKE ROMOTH slacks in Seattle. [more inside]
posted by alex_skazat on May 8, 2011 - 2 answers

word for a work within a work?

(for a friend) I am looking for "the word used to describe a description of a work of art or poem within another work--its a term used in art history and poetics, and it drives me crazy that it escapes me."
posted by idiopath on Apr 29, 2011 - 10 answers

Why not poetry?

This is a question for people who read widely, but don't choose to read poetry. What are you're reasons for not reading the stuff? [more inside]
posted by troubles on Apr 27, 2011 - 146 answers

Seeking a poem about blurry vision

I am looking for a poem I read once online about an artist (Matisse? Gaugin?) who confronts his eye doctor about not wanting to wear eyeglasses. In the poem, the artist talks about how his blurry vision allows him to experience the world as connected. It's a really beautiful poem, but I can't find it through all of the eyeglasses spam on Google. Can anyone point me to the poem?
posted by salishsea on Apr 25, 2011 - 5 answers

"I love you!" "...I know." ::WOOSH FREEZY SOUND::

So, my poetry is going to be in a large local juried art show. One of my poems is professing my love for my boyfriend. We haven't said "I love you." but have discussed marriage and house-buying and will be living together this summer. Should I point out the poem is about him to him? [more inside]
posted by lettuchi on Apr 14, 2011 - 24 answers

This is just to say. . .

I am looking for literary magazines that specialize in short short pieces, prose and poetry. [more inside]
posted by Ideal Impulse on Apr 7, 2011 - 5 answers

Short Modern Poem To Comfort Grieving Family?

Could you help my friend find a poem to comfort the family of a friend who has just died? The young man had gone through some bumps in his life and was just starting to turn it around, and then, tragically, he died an accidental death. She’s looking for something fairly short (under 10 lines), modern, nothing too literary, and something that celebrates the immortality of family love. I’ve looked on previous Ask MeFi posts, but most of the poems I see there are unsuitable for various reasons. She doesn’t want anything tailored to a funeral; she would like to send this poem directly to the family for them to reread in the coming months (perhaps put on a fridge to turn to for comfort).
posted by Amy NM on Mar 24, 2011 - 19 answers

What are your interpretations of Broken Social Scene's "Market Fresh"?

Again moved by the shimmery beauty of Broken Social Scene's "Market Fresh", after not listening to it for a long time, I decided to look up the song lyrics. I'm interested in people's interpretation of them.. [more inside]
posted by robobrent on Mar 6, 2011 - 4 answers

CAN COMPUTERS READ POETRY PROPERLY?

If there are "poetry generator" engines available on the Web, is there anything that comes close to reading input of (English) poetry which then computer-generates the scansion pattern that might result from somebody reading it? [more inside]
posted by shipbreaker on Feb 27, 2011 - 6 answers

Vile poetry virtuous poetry for which my mind aches and soul groans lol

Poetry that's not emotion based? [more inside]
posted by parallax7d on Feb 22, 2011 - 33 answers

Forgotten feel-good poem

Long forgotten poem filter: do you know who wrote this poem? [more inside]
posted by londonmark on Feb 17, 2011 - 3 answers

Does magnetic poetry work in Korean?

KoreanLanguageFilter: Would magnetic poetry work in Korean? I want to make a set as a Valentine's Day gift with Korean and English words. [more inside]
posted by dammitjim on Feb 8, 2011 - 6 answers

Identifying a poem and a poet

PoetryFilter: I am looking for the poet and title of a poem I read yesterday. [more inside]
posted by Prairie on Feb 7, 2011 - 6 answers

That poet that wrote that poem about that thing...

Cannot remember who wrote this poem (maybe essay?) or where this line is from. The metaphor is about a hideous child trying to crawl into your lap, you keep pushing it away in dismay, the author points out that this child is your (life? your faults?) and you must accept it, invite it up into your lap, and kiss it. Who wrote this? My Google Fu has failed me.
posted by jeanmari on Jan 19, 2011 - 3 answers

Poetry inquiry

Can't remember a poem about drowning, and I think it has a mention of a "piston". Can anyone help? [more inside]
posted by asymptotic on Jan 12, 2011 - 6 answers

Help me appreciate blank verse by being able to compare the "skills" of different poets.

Help me appreciate poetry (I suppose specifically blank verse by the examples below of what I've read) by teaching me to understand the merits of the poet's constructions! I enjoy literature because of their content, and not so much the aesthetics or specific construction of sentences, words, meter, rhyme, and so forth. For the most part, this has been fine for me because conventionally at least when one comes across poetry, its not in the manner of an epic tale and so I don't feel like I'm missing out on too much. [more inside]
posted by SollosQ on Jan 11, 2011 - 15 answers

Helpful websites for an aspiring writer?

[Creative Writing Filter] I'm looking for some online resources to help me get back into creative writing after a three year break. [more inside]
posted by wansac on Dec 18, 2010 - 4 answers

Blank Verse Feminine Endings

In the mechanics of blank verse, why do feminine endings go with eleven-syllable lines? [more inside]
posted by Paquda on Dec 16, 2010 - 6 answers

Please help me adjust to leaving the wilderness!

What are some readings/stories/essays/poetry that might ease the shock of returning to "civilization" after 3 months in the wilderness? [more inside]
posted by daelin on Dec 15, 2010 - 10 answers

Do you know Emily Dickinson?

I would like to read a biography of Emily Dickinson. Do you know of a well written, not too highly academic one? [more inside]
posted by kanata on Dec 14, 2010 - 9 answers

Where do the internet-savvy poets hang out?

What are the best online communities for poets? This previous thread says that poetryslamming was pretty good, but it looks dead now. Are there any others?
posted by yaymukund on Nov 30, 2010 - 2 answers

Examples of "funky, soulful" lyrics?

Examples of "funky, soulful" lyrics? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 27, 2010 - 6 answers

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