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Greek to me

Greek scholars: If an epithalamium is a poem "upon a bedchamber" what would a poem "upon wine" be? An epoinon (ἐποἶνον)? An epoinion (ἐποἶνιον)? An epoinios (ἐποἶνιος)? And how would you Latinize in a manner historically and stylistically concurrent to that of "epithalamium"? Has no Greek poet ever written a poem "upon wine" before?
posted by punkbitch on Feb 29, 2012 - 2 answers

How can I get poetry translations published?

How can I get my translations of a deceased poet's work published? [more inside]
posted by xenophile on Feb 23, 2012 - 5 answers

Short poem about bread and stones for your child?

Poetry filter: Google can't help me as the poem plays on the Luke 11:11 "If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone?". Driving me mad not being able to find it, a a short 5-6 line poem, from an old UK anthology, Voices, which says broadly that in the future, we will all be equal and share, but still I will give stones to other children and keep bread for my own child. Not a translation and a modern non-rhyming poem.
posted by viggorlijah on Feb 7, 2012 - 2 answers

Non-Pausal Line Endings

In printed vocalized Arabic poetry, if pausal forms are used at the end of some lines but not others, is a meaningful distinction being made? [more inside]
posted by Paquda on Jan 31, 2012 - 0 answers

Awkward Ages to be an Orphan

Can you recommend poems to read for this particular existential contemplation? [more inside]
posted by rumposinc on Jan 4, 2012 - 5 answers

What is this poem?

I'm trying to find a poem, but can only remember a few vague lines. (Something about angels dancing?) [more inside]
posted by karminai on Dec 18, 2011 - 1 answer

i want to sound my barbaric yawp!

help me find poems that are self-affirming and kind of narcissistic in nature. [more inside]
posted by carlypennylane on Dec 14, 2011 - 17 answers

Spoken word for kids?

Favorite spoken words/performed poems for kids? [more inside]
posted by brynna on Dec 12, 2011 - 11 answers

I said I'd never and now I have

Do you know of any literary quotes on the theme of self-disgust and shame when authors or characters realise they have turned into that which they once despised? [more inside]
posted by cincinnatus c on Nov 23, 2011 - 10 answers

Annotated Poetry

Poetry Majors, are there any poets who annotate their poetry? [more inside]
posted by lrnarabic on Nov 22, 2011 - 14 answers

Poignant poetry please

Suggestions for a poignant (but not depressing) poem to give on the occasion of a niece's christening? [more inside]
posted by Weng on Nov 13, 2011 - 6 answers

it was so beautiful it hurt

Do you know any fiction/nonfiction/poetry that has beautiful, aching language? [more inside]
posted by pleasebekind on Nov 13, 2011 - 66 answers

How to use a stove top espresso maker?

Should all the water "empty" out of the bottom of a stove top espresso maker? If so, what could I be doing wrong, because half of the water remains in my espresso maker? I put the pot on medium, I don't over stuff the maker with espresso, and I don't fill the water over the valve. Thanks in advance! [more inside]
posted by lrnarabic on Nov 9, 2011 - 24 answers

Visually Striking Scientific Illustrations for Poetry Book Cover

Help, scientists! I'm looking for a cover image for my forthcoming book of poetry. I would like to use a visually striking image (photo, diagram, etc.) from a scientific publication. [more inside]
posted by sleevener on Nov 3, 2011 - 14 answers

Yes, I hope to be that professor who does the poetry/hip hop thing.

Poetry class: What would be good rap songs for a community college crowd? [more inside]
posted by angrycat on Nov 1, 2011 - 44 answers

Spooky poems for reading out

What are your favourite spooky poems, that are two to three minutes long when read out, for an audience of adults? [more inside]
posted by siskin on Oct 24, 2011 - 16 answers

Poem about a creature dying

Asking for a friend: help identify this poem please! [more inside]
posted by cheesegrater on Oct 21, 2011 - 3 answers

Anything goes when it comes to prose, but...

What books/authors can you recommend where there is poetry in the prose? [more inside]
posted by holdkris99 on Oct 13, 2011 - 53 answers

Similar Poets to Frederick Seidel?

I'm looking for more poets like Frederick Seidel. I recently read Seidel's Arabia in the previous issue of The Paris Review and was drawn to his, what I would term "Lad Poetry" - with lad being the antonym of chick, as in chick lit. [more inside]
posted by lrnarabic on Oct 10, 2011 - 4 answers

Morgan Freeman as the voice of God

Where can I find audio by actors with awesome voices reading various stuff? [more inside]
posted by pleasebekind on Oct 8, 2011 - 18 answers

Legal question about poetry?

If you write a poem about someone and want to publish it, is that person allowed to prevent you from doing so? [more inside]
posted by glassrose on Sep 28, 2011 - 17 answers

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:
  • in the public domain
  • written in two "voices" or contains two perspectives
  • (less important) one of the voices is prevented from doing something for some sort of reason
[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

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