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 -
Here's a shot in the dark: In Czeslaw Milosz's "The Witness of Poetry"
there's a translation of Wislawa Szymborska's "Autotomy" that is different from the Baranczak/Cavanagh translation in her Collected Works
that I'm familiar with. The translation is unattributed -- am I then to infer that the translation is Milosz's?
posted by .kobayashi.
on Apr 5, 2006 -
I've recently taken to writing poetry (or more specifically, taken to writing poetry I feel comfortable reciting in public) and I am looking for somewhere to expose myself.
posted by punch_the_mayor
on Mar 16, 2006 -
PoetryFilter: Having never read a book of poetry in my life, I picked up a translation of Virgil's Eclogues & Bucolics (this one
) and loved it. Can anyone suggest other, similar poetry I might like? I've seen poetry threads on AskMe before, so there might be someone out there who can help me.
posted by primer_dimer
on Mar 10, 2006 -
I have been tasked with reciting a poem at my grandmother's 75th birthday celebration? Any suggestions [more inside]
posted by Julnyes
on Feb 10, 2006 -
I want to build a comparative index of translations for a specific book of poems. How should I do this? [more inside]
posted by selfnoise
on Jan 27, 2006 -
Lost Poem. This is *not* the poem I'm looking for:
A friend told me
He'd risen above jazz.
I leave him there.
- Michael s. Harper
Rather, that poem is the epigraph
for a much longer poem. [more inside]
posted by bingo
on Jan 15, 2006 -
I think I'd like to read Paul Celan (in English). Where should I begin? Which volume(s) do I want (my preference is for books currently in print)? Which translators do I want?
posted by .kobayashi.
on Jan 9, 2006 -
CowboyPoetryFilter: identify a poem whose
every verse ended in the word buckaroo. [more inside]
posted by Rash
on Dec 11, 2005 -
I once read (on the web) a poem by a finnish poet describing the harshness of winter in northern Finland. I don't remember the name of the poet, the name of the poem or any other characteristic. I think that the poem was called "-50C" or something, but even that can be wrong. Any pointers?
posted by falameufilho
on Dec 1, 2005 -
What does this mean? "If only centuries delayed, / I'd count them on my hand, / Subtracting till my fingers dropped / Into Van Diemen’s land." From Emily Dickinson
. Apparently Van Deimen's land
= Tasmania, once a penal colony... but if your fingers dropped from fatigue, why would they drop there? [more inside]
posted by Firas
on Nov 18, 2005 -
In Weldon Kees' "The Speakers
" there are a few references which feel like they should be fairly straightforward, but that I don't understand at all. [more inside]
posted by cmyr
on Nov 4, 2005 -
Today, in my graduate linguistics class, we studied Gerard Manley Hopkins' "sprung rhythm." It seems an interesting experiment, but I'm now curious: do any metafilter literary types know if a poet (or poets) since Hopkins has used sprung rhythm in poetry?
posted by rockstar
on Oct 25, 2005 -
why did the sonnet develop as a 14 line form? is the number "14" an arbitrary choice that "caught on" or does it have some sort of specific symbolism? [more inside]
posted by ronv
on Oct 18, 2005 -
I recall reading a poem in third or fourth grade on the theme of late summer, involving pickled watermelon rinds and smoking corncob pipes filled with stolen cigarette butts while hanging out high up in a tree. Very specific, I know but I can't find it anywhere. Help? [more inside]
posted by me3dia
on Oct 10, 2005 -
I just LOVED part one of the Bob Dylan biopic on PBS last night, "No Direction Home" by Martin Scorsese. There was a poem by Dylan Thomas that was quoted by one of the interviewees, and I think it had to do with reflections, at the end of life, at foregone opportunities. I have tried to find that poem online this morning, but I can't. Can anyone help? [more inside]
posted by swlabr
on Sep 27, 2005 -
Sometime 5-9 years ago, The New Criterion
published a poem divided into parts, one of which ended "bones. bones. bones. bones." (each instance of "bones." being on a separate line). I think that section was headed "things that are white" and it included "your smile". Now I can't remember anything else about it. Any leads as to author, text, etc?
posted by kenko
on Sep 24, 2005 -
I'm a normal dude, so obviously I think poetry is lame. It's something that I've never understood. Post some good poetry or links to specific pieces that can help a 'normal dude' appreciate the art form - if you dare!
posted by parallax7d
on Aug 24, 2005 -
I'm looking for good poetry blogs, either blogs of good original poetry or blogs of good commentary on poetry. Do you have any recommendations?
posted by pracowity
on Aug 19, 2005 -