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 -
I need the text of a poem I can no longer recall, one dedicated to William Everson (Bro. Antoninus). [more inside]
posted by faineant
on Dec 18, 2006 -
GiftIdeaFilter (sorry): I'm looking for suggestions for poetry books for an 8-year old girl
. She's an excellent reader and likely well above her target reading level. I thought introducing her to poetry might be a nice change of pace... preferably something she won't finish by supper. Thanks!
posted by Witty
on Dec 12, 2006 -
Asking for a friend: I'm looking for poems appropriate for the 4th of July, preferably non-militiristic and not cheesy, that are maybe kind of thought-provoking in a nice, non-threatening sort of way. [more inside]
posted by amarynth
on Dec 5, 2006 -
I want to write a Christmas-themed essay for my book review blog, and I'm trying to come up with some Christmas lit to review. It might be fun, for instance, to gather together a selection of Christmas tripe such as Santa's Christmas Prayer
(link not safe for those who have any literary sensibilities and have just eaten) and go to town on it. Or, at the other end of the spectrum, to write something about Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol
. Which Christmas novels/stories/poems do you love and loathe? I don't review movies, so text only please...
posted by orange swan
on Nov 28, 2006 -
A friend of mine is looking for a poem he thinks is called "White Horses" by the well-known oceanographer Willard Bascom. [more inside]
posted by Heminator
on Nov 27, 2006 -
Can anyone help me make sense of this newsstory
VietNamNet Bridge – Just a few days after the Vietnam Writers’ Association announced the awards for 2006, Ly Hoang Ly, a young Vietnamese poet, sent a letter of refusal to the association.
The Vietnam Writers’ Association awards are the most prestigious ones in the country for written works. This year, the fiction award was given to the book “Boundless rice field” by Nguyen Ngoc Tu, a young writer from the south, while the award for poems was given to poet Huu Thinh, chairman of the association. [more inside]
posted by Kattullus
on Oct 29, 2006 -
Poem identification: "There are no (something) rooms. There are no (something) doors." [more inside]
posted by Jeanne
on Oct 21, 2006 -
Except for an early obsession with e.e. cummings, I know nothing about poetry. Can anyone recommend a good book to jumpstart my poetry literacy? [more inside]
posted by aparrish
on Oct 13, 2006 -
I'm looking for a few lines of poetry that would be appropriate for a 404 page, preferably from somewhat well-known authors. Any suggestions?
posted by sonofslim
on Oct 11, 2006 -
Can you recommend a great book about the technical and formal aspects of poetry? [more inside]
posted by Iridic
on Sep 15, 2006 -
Trying to figure out the name of a poem... it starts something like "no one expects / very much from poets anymore / not flowing prose / or expert sex / or even absentmindedness..." I can't find it anywhere (even the google). Any help?
posted by tngrn
on Aug 24, 2006 -
Can anyone recommend any poems about university life? It is for a book group where we're reading some campus novels and we're looking for a poem on the same subject.
posted by janecr
on Jul 19, 2006 -
How to (tactfully and successfully) get some major names to look at some of my writing? Of course there is [more inside]
posted by exlotuseater
on Jul 18, 2006 -
Ogden Nash made quite a splash.
And somewhat darker, Dottie Parker.
Silverstein was near divine,
And all revere old Edward Lear.
But now I suffer from a curse:
My thirst for rhyme has grown perverse!
I need a doctor or a nurse;
My problem is becoming worse.
So lest I end up in a hearse,
Please point me t'wards some more light verse!
posted by Robot Johnny
on Jul 13, 2006 -
My dad's birthday is on Monday and I'd like to send him a poem that would be appropriate... [more inside]
posted by Oobidaius
on Jul 1, 2006 -
Does anyone have the poem Rat It Up by Adrian Mitchell.
I can't find it anywhere on the net.
I have to read this tomorrow to a class of kids and I forgot to buy the book over the weekend. Drats.
posted by mooreeasyvibe
on Jun 25, 2006 -
I am working on translating some of Paul Celan's
poems into English. Are there any major differences between my traditional American understanding of poetic analysis and that of German-speaking countries? [more inside]
posted by vkxmai
on Jun 20, 2006 -
Did Sylvia Plath write any villanelles besides 'Mad Girl's Love Song'? [more inside]
posted by Firas
on Jun 20, 2006 -
"When will I see my companion again?" I recall hearing a
poem including this line (or a subtle variation), but cannot
identify its name or the author. Can you help me identify this poem? [more inside]
posted by shinnin
on May 27, 2006 -
Bi- and multilingual mefites - in languages other than English, what are the generic rhymes that appear again and again in lyrics and poems? [more inside]
posted by RokkitNite
on Apr 19, 2006 -
Can anyone produce a translation of Klopstock's poem "Der Frühlingsfeyer
"? By "produce a translation" I don't mean your own (unless you want to!), but I also don't mean "tell me it's in European Romantic Poetry
", since I can't find a copy of that book around nor can I get one in time (by Wednesday). I mean post one, or email me one (in profile), or the like. This isn't schoolwork, though it is related
to schoolwork—you won't be helping me cheat or anything like that. (I found this translation
online but am looking for something a little more faithful, if possible.)
posted by kenko
on Apr 15, 2006 -