Hello. Does anybody recall the title or the rest of this scrap of probably Robert Burns poetry? goes something like: "... nor duke that ye dined with yester'een. A crab louse is still but (or yet) a crab (or louse) tho' perched on the c*** of a (or o' a) queen." I would like to know for a friend who is writing a book on Scottish nationalism. Thanks!
posted by runincircles
on Dec 20, 2007 -
Looking for a poem I read about a domestic frustration and a housewife snapping after toiling away in quiet desperation. [more inside]
posted by JeremiahBritt
on Dec 11, 2007 -
Is there some place you can get a poem emailed to you each day? Sort of an email-based Writer's Almanac? And that won't spam you to death? And that won't send you schmaltzy syrupy crap?
posted by xmutex
on Nov 25, 2007 -
Can you ID this book from my memory of a short passage? Man hits deer while hurrying to the birth of his son. [more inside]
posted by Leon
on Nov 15, 2007 -
What is the english translation of the following latin passage derived from Edgar Allen Poe's "The Pit and the Pendulum?"
Impia tortorum longos hic turba furores
Sanguinis innocui, non satiata, aluit.
Sospite nunc patria, fracto nunc funeris antro,
Mors ubi dira fuit vita salusque patent.
[Quatrain composed for the gates of a market to he erected upon the site of the Jacobin Club House at Paris.] [more inside]
posted by meta.mark
on Nov 1, 2007 -
Interested in English language poetry (classical or modern, romantic or political), what can you recommend? [more inside]
posted by psmealey
on Oct 31, 2007 -
Can anyone help me locate the poem that is read on By Akira Sakata on the DJ Krush album Jaku? (The track name is "Slit of Cloud") [more inside]
posted by bashos_frog
on Oct 18, 2007 -
aaax / bbbx / cccy / dddy: Is there a particular name for the structure of the poem Slough
, by John Betjeman?
posted by Aloysius Bear
on Sep 27, 2007 -
I'm looking for a recording of Edward Lear's song The Courtship of the Yonghy-Bonghy-Bò. [more inside]
posted by Ritchie
on Sep 21, 2007 -
Interesting poems that A) are related to foods or eating in some way, B) would take less than two minutes to read out loud, and C) are in the public domain (or are otherwise available for non-commercial use without seeking permission)?
posted by sparrows
on Sep 7, 2007 -
Where can I find Eleanor Farjeon's poem 'Cats Sleep Anywhere'........ in Dutch? [more inside]
posted by pootler
on Aug 23, 2007 -
Looking for accurate English translations of two poems written in ancient Dutch. [more inside]
posted by lhall
on Jul 23, 2007 -
PatronFilter: I'm tired of working for Starbucks. I want to write full time. Help me construct a letter to the opulent to remind them of yesteryear when the arts were supported by benefactors. Help me convince the rich that paying for me to live comfortably will serve humanity. [more inside]
posted by Galen
on Jul 20, 2007 -
In which of W.S. Merwin's volumes of poetry did the poem "Paul" originally appear?
posted by RossWhite
on Jul 16, 2007 -
Which translator of Ranier Maria Rilke into English best balances literal translation with the "feel" of the poems in the original language?
posted by BartonFink
on Jun 12, 2007 -
Could anybody suggest titles of books that are collections of prose (fiction)/poetry and photographs/drawings? Books along the lines of, say, Eduardo Galeano's "The Book of Embraces" which has short compositions about various topics and simple, yet pleasing, drawings. Thanks!
posted by hellhammer
on Jun 8, 2007 -
My eight year old wrote her latest poem, then asked about the subtleties of poetic punctuation (commas, periods, breaks ... and why such decisions are made... help! ). The poem is included, as of course ... [more inside]
posted by RMD
on Jun 5, 2007 -
Poetry question: Can anyone identify a poem that says something like "it's not raining rain today"? I don't think it's the same as the lyrics to this song
. [more inside]
posted by miss tea
on May 19, 2007 -
"All is vanity" is, among other things, a quote from the bible. I'm looking for a bit of Japanese poetry, however, in which I remember seeing that phrase. Anybody got a clue? My google-fu was not strong enough.
posted by BlackLeotardFront
on May 15, 2007 -
I've been asked to give a reading at a friend's wedding, so I'm looking for a poem that would be appropriate. Ideally, it should be modern (written after 1900) and sweet, but not sexual, religious, schmaltzy, or emetic. Most suggestions online are variations of Maya Angelou's "Touched By An Angel". I found the previous two
AskMe questions on this topic helpful, and I have some ideas, but I'm hoping to generate a few more. [more inside]
posted by painquale
on May 14, 2007 -
Can't remember a poem and it's driving me crazy. I think it's a sestina. Something about a father's dying. [more inside]
posted by Baby_Balrog
on May 7, 2007 -
Poets and poetry enthusiasts: how to read aloud and analyze an e e cummings poem for middle schoolers? [more inside]
posted by AV
on Apr 26, 2007 -
EnglishMajorFilter: Why can't I stand much of the canon? How can I learn to appreciate it? [more inside]
posted by SansPoint
on Apr 3, 2007 -
I would like to print out poetry onto something other than paper, with the intention of hanging it for display on a wall. [more inside]
posted by avoision
on Mar 27, 2007 -
Please help me locate a poem or passage which one of Nepal's kings read to his bride on their wedding day. It would be available in English. [more inside]
posted by anonymous78
on Feb 20, 2007 -
I need the title and author of an alternative graphic novel in which a blank-eyed naked man wanders through hell speaking lines from Dante or another classic poetic text. [more inside]
posted by KirkJobSluder
on Feb 20, 2007 -
Where can I find the following Hindi poem:
"Hawa hun hawa main basanti hawa hun,
Suno baat meri anokhi hawa hun,
Jidar chahati hun udar goomthi hun,
Hawa hun hawa main basanti hawa hun." [more inside]
posted by theiconoclast31
on Feb 11, 2007 -
I don't know shit about poetry but have been enjoying Leonard Cohen, Charles Bukowski, Charles Simic, and Robert Creeley for years. (I mostly like works about relationships, romance, love...) Who else should I read? Also, in addition to "practice", how does one get better at reading/writing poetry. Can you also recommend journals / anthologies / web sites / quarterlies?
posted by dobbs
on Feb 8, 2007 -
What sort of online contest should I hold to give away a book of poetry? [more inside]
posted by steef
on Feb 4, 2007 -
PoetryFilter: I (mis)remember a single line of a poem and Google isn't helping me. God (maybe? or some other speaker?) says, "Oh, best blade of grass!" And that's all I've got, and it's probably wrong. Any guesses?
posted by terceiro
on Jan 23, 2007 -
Poetry filter:- help me identify the author of this poem and maybe direct me to a volume containing it. The title (I think) is THE CONCEPTION... [more inside]
posted by mycapaciousbottega
on Jan 22, 2007 -
“These far away places with strange-sounding names…” Where is that phrase from?! I have reason to believe it was first written by a romantic poet (possibly Tennyson, Browning, or Arnold) but I can’t beat the answer out of Google.
Thanks to Google, I know that the line is used in a Bing Crosby song. But that’s definitely not the source I’m looking for.
posted by chickletworks
on Jan 21, 2007 -