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Come away, O Human Child...

I need a snippet of a poem or quote from a children's book about wishes. [more inside]
posted by shiu mai baby on Jun 13, 2008 - 6 answers

Is there an online tool that would do scansion for me?

Is there an online tool that would give me the metrical foot of a sentence I type in? [more inside]
posted by Carillon on Jun 11, 2008 - 3 answers

prefixy words?

What are some good words that form the prefixes for other words of varying definition? I want to write a rule-fudging sestina where I do (prefixy word as my sestina end of line word) + hyphen + linebreak + (ending of longer word). [more inside]
posted by juv3nal on Jun 11, 2008 - 12 answers

Poem hunters...

Please help me find this poem that I read years ago and have only a few details from... I think was titled "Emptiness". [more inside]
posted by odi.et.amo on Jun 10, 2008 - 3 answers

Best poems about the glory of battle?

What are the best poems about glory in battle and valor in warfare? [more inside]
posted by clockworkjoe on Jun 9, 2008 - 31 answers

Poetry Software

What does a software for poetry writing need [more inside]
posted by ljrsphb on Jun 3, 2008 - 17 answers

Grief is itself a medicine. - Cowper

Reading/poetry to say goodbye to a dog? [more inside]
posted by Liosliath on May 29, 2008 - 17 answers

Quotes or poems for a soon-to-be mother?

I'm looking for quotes or a short poem for my sister, whose expecting her first child in the next several days. Any ideas?
posted by phr4gmonk3y on May 7, 2008 - 11 answers

Divan of the Lover

I need help with interpretation and understanding of The Divan of the Lover. A friend of mine claims to have figured out the meaning, and I'm drawing a blank aside from the most obvious. [more inside]
posted by sandraregina on May 2, 2008 - 9 answers

PoetryNerdFilter

I need poetry related anecdotes. [more inside]
posted by lucia__is__dada on Mar 26, 2008 - 13 answers

"Yes. Nothing is more ordinary than the dreams of Emperors."

What is the best collection of Zbigniew Herbert's poetry translated into English? [more inside]
posted by inoculatedcities on Mar 23, 2008 - 2 answers

"The Edge" stapler-tattoo poem link?

Can anyone find a link to a poem called 'The Edge', about a kid who wakes up with a tattoo of a stapler? [more inside]
posted by flowerofhighrank on Mar 22, 2008 - 4 answers

Help a French student find a poem to memorize.

I need some help finding French poems that meet some specific guidelines. I'm currently in my 5th year of high school French. I'm going to a competition where I'll be reciting some memorized poetry, but I haven't had much luck finding anything good to memorize. I need some suggestions of French poems that are *good*, fairly long but not too long, and use moderately advanced vocabulary. I've looked, but I need some guidance from people who know more about this than me. [more inside]
posted by MadamM on Mar 13, 2008 - 25 answers

Because if I can't put it in a box, the world explodes.

What can I do in the short and medium term to improve my ability to evaluate Russian poetry? [more inside]
posted by prefpara on Mar 13, 2008 - 6 answers

Brazilian online poetry journals

Link me to some Brazilian online poetry journals. [more inside]
posted by sleevener on Feb 29, 2008 - 3 answers

"Damnation, I've run out of air!"

Please help me find a poem/comic book story -- it takes place on Mars and ends with the line "Damnation, I've run out of air!" [more inside]
posted by breezeway on Feb 19, 2008 - 2 answers

Blake for the dense

I'm a person who is apparently too dense to understand poetry, but I'm looking for a collection of William Blake's work. [more inside]
posted by Jezztek on Dec 29, 2007 - 8 answers

Pre-WWII non-Japanese poetry that mentions Japan

I'm looking for pre-WWII non-Japanese poetry that mentions Japan. [more inside]
posted by No-sword on Dec 21, 2007 - 5 answers

Name this (Burns?) poem?

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 - 8 answers

A poem about anger and ironing

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 - 5 answers

Poetry by email

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 - 11 answers

Help me find a poem

I'm looking for a poem, and it's NOT the road not taken. [more inside]
posted by skybolt on Nov 21, 2007 - 4 answers

Online poetry seminar?

Where can one take a graduate-level poetry seminar online? [more inside]
posted by obliquicity on Nov 18, 2007 - 2 answers

ID a book from a single passage?

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 - 5 answers

Zoom Out, Literally?

Is there a name for the literary device used in this song? [more inside]
posted by chocolate_butch on Nov 14, 2007 - 9 answers

English translation of Latin passage from "The Pit and the Pendulum."

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 - 3 answers

Know any good poems?

Interested in English language poetry (classical or modern, romantic or political), what can you recommend? [more inside]
posted by psmealey on Oct 31, 2007 - 17 answers

Help me find this book of poems

Looking for an old book of poems, oldschool 70's perhaps, one author. [more inside]
posted by camdan on Oct 29, 2007 - 3 answers

Poetry about migraines / headaches / chronic pain ?

Poetry about migraines / headaches / chronic pain ? [more inside]
posted by onoclea on Oct 26, 2007 - 6 answers

What's that poem on "Slit of Cloud"?

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 - 6 answers

There's pop in my poetry! There's poetry in my pop!

Help me find other artists who combine poetry and music in interesting ways? [more inside]
posted by wemayfreeze on Oct 11, 2007 - 31 answers

Come, friendly bombs, and fall on Slough

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 - 2 answers

On the Coast of Coromandel / Where the early pumpkins blow...

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 - 3 answers

Lo, who said it?

Who first said "Lo, how the mighty have fallen"?
posted by ottereroticist on Sep 16, 2007 - 5 answers

Interesting poems related to foods or eating?

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 - 15 answers

Eleanor Farjeon's poem 'Cats Sleep Anywhere'........ in Dutch?

Where can I find Eleanor Farjeon's poem 'Cats Sleep Anywhere'........ in Dutch? [more inside]
posted by pootler on Aug 23, 2007 - 6 answers

Who wrote that poem?

"Scotland is / the petrified vomit / of a fish supper." Who wrote that little poem? [more inside]
posted by DenOfSizer on Aug 18, 2007 - 4 answers

What's going on in Brazilian poetry right now?

I want to know what the poets in Brazil are doing these days. [more inside]
posted by sleevener on Aug 13, 2007 - 3 answers

Me upon my pony on my boat

Help me track down this poem by (I think) Derek Walcott. [more inside]
posted by MsMolly on Jul 24, 2007 - 5 answers

Ancient Dutch to English

Looking for accurate English translations of two poems written in ancient Dutch. [more inside]
posted by lhall on Jul 23, 2007 - 5 answers

I need a patron so I can quit making lattes

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 - 35 answers

In which of W.S. Merwin's volumes of poetry did the poem "Paul" originally appear?

In which of W.S. Merwin's volumes of poetry did the poem "Paul" originally appear?
posted by RossWhite on Jul 16, 2007 - 1 answer

Help a writer feel at home in Chicago

The Writer's Chicago: Please help me get the most out of my month long stay in the windy city. [more inside]
posted by theantikitty on Jun 18, 2007 - 23 answers

Where did the contemporary 3 line stanza form of poetry originate?

Where did the contemporary 3 line stanza form of poetry originate? [example] [more inside]
posted by Kattullus on Jun 17, 2007 - 10 answers

Who is the best translator of Ranier Maria Rilke into English?

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 - 9 answers

Combining art forms

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 - 8 answers

The Woodpecker

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 - 32 answers

only the moon has never abandoned me

Poems about moon. Know any good ones? [more inside]
posted by nixerman on May 31, 2007 - 28 answers

Raining, but What?

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 - 5 answers

Is all vanity?

"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 - 4 answers

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