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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

How would I listen to Wordsworth's poetry like Wordsworth would have recited it?

How would I listen to Wordsworth's poetry like Wordsworth would have recited it? [more inside]
posted by curuinor on Nov 25, 2010 - 12 answers

Thanksgiving Poem by Latino?

Specific Thanksgiving poem by a Latino author? I am trying to find a remembered poem for a professor about Thanksgiving that he remembers reading. Poem is in English, by a Latino poet, very funny, and about a young person explaining to his/her parents what Thanksgiving is/means. The prof thinks the poem was by a male author. (minor additional details below the fold) [more inside]
posted by eleanna on Nov 24, 2010 - 8 answers

Haikus are easy/But sometimes they don't make any sense/Refrigerator

Poetry recommendations for a a forced Thanksgiving dinner reading? [more inside]
posted by Diagonalize on Nov 23, 2010 - 37 answers

A face marked by a lifetime of venal sin?

Trying to identify a line of poetry - possibly written by an Irishman - that goes something like "a face marked by a lifetime of venal sin". [more inside]
posted by Joe Beese on Nov 23, 2010 - 5 answers

your head will collapse but there's nothing in it

I'm suddenly very interested in stories, novels, films, music, poems, and comics/graphic narratives that take insanity, altered states of consciousness, and/or terminal illness as a primary theme. My general preference is for science fiction and speculative fiction, but suggestions from other genres would be very good as well. [more inside]
posted by gerryblog on Nov 16, 2010 - 41 answers

lines i told myself i couldn't find

I'd love to find the text of a poem online, but my google-fu fails me [more inside]
posted by RockyChrysler on Nov 11, 2010 - 5 answers

How to respond to a Charlie the Unicorn when you can't take his freakin' kidney.

Every week during Poetry Workshop, we write criticisms on our classmates' poems. This week, my friend handed me this. How can I retaliate next week? [more inside]
posted by yaymukund on Nov 10, 2010 - 31 answers

Plagiarism on Facebook

My wife's twenty-something cousin is plagiarizing poems via her Facebook page. We noticed. What next? [more inside]
posted by glenngulia on Nov 5, 2010 - 54 answers

Poem about runners?

I need a poem about running/runners. The poem will be read at a banquet for a college's cross country team (coed). It should be short and accessible.
posted by mareli on Nov 2, 2010 - 8 answers

Looking for books on poetry

Can anyone recommend books of essays on poetry that aren't poetry-writing manuals? [more inside]
posted by luke1249 on Oct 20, 2010 - 23 answers

Find me the best modern poetry podcast

I'm looking for a podcast on poetry (classical, modern, beat, all of it) where poems are read aloud, parsed, and accompanied by loads of biographical info and context, basically a poetry only version of Entitled Opinions. A search on itunes has not lead to much. I'm really not into a podcast that is simply poetry read aloud, i really want the analysis and insight of a host who really knows what they're talking about. THX.
posted by mcgordonliddy on Oct 13, 2010 - 2 answers

can the hive mind help me build my first website?

[websitebuildingfilter] can the hive mind help me build my first website? [more inside]
posted by sarastro on Oct 3, 2010 - 13 answers

Help me find some paradoxical poems.

Paradoxical Poems [more inside]
posted by Elmore on Sep 25, 2010 - 24 answers

Help me convince friends I didn't make this up?

Poetry filter: help me find a poem I read in high school. It was titled "the Octopus" and it was filled with metaphors for sex and sexual organs. [more inside]
posted by riddler on Sep 24, 2010 - 4 answers

Poem about boiling cabbage

I once read a poem in a literature anthology which said that the smell of boiling cabbage in a crowded tenement conveys desperation. My impression is that the poem may have been written 1940-1960 by a well-known American author. Can someone provide a citation for the poem?
posted by Abuissak on Sep 24, 2010 - 13 answers

I would like to remember, but lo I cannot

In high school (early-mid 90s), a textbook gave little two line ditties for various meters. I remember the one for anapestic tetrameter only:
I would like to be serious, but lo I cannot / Anapestic tetrameter makes the verse trot
Which book was this? (It might have been yellow.) Even better, what are the other poems?
posted by jeather on Sep 24, 2010 - 7 answers

writing out other people's writing

Is there any value in writing out other people's work (by hand) as a method of improving one's own writing? In this case its poetry. [more inside]
posted by troubles on Sep 20, 2010 - 11 answers

Poem Identification

Poem Identification: Villanelle with lines from a Supremes song [more inside]
posted by Ideal Impulse on Sep 9, 2010 - 5 answers

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