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]
Poetry Majors, are there any poets who annotate their poetry? [more inside]
Suggestions for a poignant (but not depressing) poem to give on the occasion of a niece's christening? [more inside]
Do you know any fiction/nonfiction/poetry that has beautiful, aching language? [more inside]
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]
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]
Poetry class: What would be good rap songs for a community college crowd? [more inside]
What are your favourite spooky poems, that are two to three minutes long when read out, for an audience of adults? [more inside]
Asking for a friend: help identify this poem please! [more inside]
What books/authors can you recommend where there is poetry in the prose? [more inside]
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]
Where can I find audio by actors with awesome voices reading various stuff? [more inside]
If you write a poem about someone and want to publish it, is that person allowed to prevent you from doing so? [more inside]
Please tell me your favorite poems about the demise of a relationship, breaking up, and letting go of someone.
What recent poetry would you recommend? Who writes more clearly and appeals to the senses? (more inside) [more inside]
Are there any other folkloric/religious/mythological beings/concepts other than the Muses who preside over or rule inspiration or creativity? [more inside]
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.
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]
Trying to decipher a line in a poem by Philip Larkin for a translation… [more inside]
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]
(East Coast US filter): Please help me find professional quality spoken word! [more inside]
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?
I'm looking for a particular comedy poem about goths. [more inside]
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]
Help me identify an obscure(?) British(?) poem. [more inside]
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.
Did I imagine this Sappho fragment describing love as a "terrible lizard?" [more inside]
What is it like editing a literary magazine in the age of the internet? [more inside]
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
Trying to track down the location of a quotation by the French/Uruguayan poet Jules Laforgue, mentioned by Johan Huizinga. [more inside]
Help me identify this (French) Rilke poem. Details within. [more inside]
Hey classicists! What's the best translation of Lucretius' De Rerum Natura? [more inside]
Do you honestly enjoy reading free verse? Can you explain to me why I should enjoy it, too? [more inside]
How did poetry die out as a popular art form? [more inside]
Could you help me understand a poem? "Frederiksted, Dusk" by Derek Walcott. [more inside]
Poetry recommendations? [more inside]
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]
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]
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.
Can anyone tell me, well, ANYTHING about a person (hypothetically) standing on the sun? [more inside]
Help me remember this spoken word poem/poet [more inside]
MIKE ROMOTH slacks in Seattle. [more inside]
(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."
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]
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?
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]
I am looking for literary magazines that specialize in short short pieces, prose and poetry. [more inside]
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).
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]
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]