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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

What is an appropriate modern love poem for a reading at a wedding?

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 - 20 answers

Poetry about Secrets, Hidden Places?

Poetry about secrets, hidden things, hiding places? [more inside]
posted by Staggering Jack on May 11, 2007 - 19 answers

How do you pronounce Yueh-Fu?

How do you pronounce Yueh-Fu in English? [more inside]
posted by The Card Cheat on May 11, 2007 - 12 answers

Last night I had a dream my father died.

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 - 11 answers

How to teach e e cummings to middle schoolers

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 - 18 answers

Burn The Canon!

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 - 35 answers

What can I print poetry onto?

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 - 18 answers

Love Poem from Nepal

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 - 1 answer

Graphic novel in which protagonist wanders through hell quoting poetry?

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 - 7 answers

Have you seen this Hindi poem?

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 - 4 answers

Questions about poetry.

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 - 39 answers

Book contest ideas?

What sort of online contest should I hold to give away a book of poetry? [more inside]
posted by steef on Feb 4, 2007 - 9 answers

Another question trying to find the name of a poem, possibly a very cheesy poem from my youth.

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 - 7 answers

Help me locate this poem:- THE CONCEPTION

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 - 8 answers

"These far away places with strange sounding names," wrote X...

“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 - 7 answers

Can Neruda and Longfellow see eye to eye?

We're all reading poems for Pop on his 90th birthday, and I'm kind of stuck. [more inside]
posted by ersatzkat on Jan 18, 2007 - 22 answers

Two turntables and a pen and a piece of paper

Most interesting poetry which makes use found or appropriated language? [more inside]
posted by sleevener on Jan 5, 2007 - 15 answers

How to crack the poetry code if you're overly literal-minded?

How can I crack the code of poetry without going insane? [more inside]
posted by troybob on Dec 27, 2006 - 27 answers

Pre-Beat/Beat Poem hunt

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 - 3 answers

Poetry books for girls

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 - 30 answers

Poems for Independence Day

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 - 4 answers

I'd like a little Christmas tripe with my Christmas trifle, please...

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 - 13 answers

White Horses, we'll ride them someday...

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 - 5 answers

Poem containing the word 'birthright?'

PoetryFilter: Help me find a specific poem by (I believe) a 20th-century female poet. [more inside]
posted by notswedish on Nov 7, 2006 - 7 answers

What's the signifigance of a refused literary prize in Vietnam?

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.
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posted by Kattullus on Oct 29, 2006 - 4 answers

Poem ID, possibly Auden.

Poem identification: "There are no (something) rooms. There are no (something) doors." [more inside]
posted by Jeanne on Oct 21, 2006 - 2 answers

Software for writing poetry?

Has anyone seen software for writing formal poetry? [more inside]
posted by pracowity on Oct 18, 2006 - 10 answers

Good books about poetry?

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 - 21 answers

Sonnet #404

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 - 28 answers

Does anyone recognize this folding rhyme scheme?

Does anyone recognize this rhyme scheme? [more inside]
posted by Iridic on Oct 3, 2006 - 6 answers

it's ALL white jeep to me

Please help track down a spoken (screamed) word piece about a white jeep. [more inside]
posted by jessicapierce on Sep 17, 2006 - 1 answer

What's the best, most exhaustive prosody manual?

Can you recommend a great book about the technical and formal aspects of poetry? [more inside]
posted by Iridic on Sep 15, 2006 - 9 answers

Does anyone know the name of this poem?

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 - 4 answers

Original Greek version of a text.

Can you help me find the original Greek version of something? [more inside]
posted by taumeson on Aug 10, 2006 - 4 answers

What poem would YOU like to hear?

Poetry reading suggestions for a non-poet? [more inside]
posted by Rash on Aug 3, 2006 - 24 answers

Can you recommend any poems about university life?

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 - 13 answers

Ein bisschen Frieden

Looking for examples of German anti-war, anti-nazi poetry. [more inside]
posted by prolific on Jul 19, 2006 - 4 answers

rubbing elbows with the gods.

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 - 18 answers

Who writes your favourite light verse?

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 - 59 answers

my filial piety needs reinforcement

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 - 6 answers

Children's poetry emergency

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 - 0 answers

Poetic analysis: different countries, different methods?

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 - 5 answers

Villanelles by Sylvia Plath?

Did Sylvia Plath write any villanelles besides 'Mad Girl's Love Song'? [more inside]
posted by Firas on Jun 20, 2006 - 5 answers

Best bookstores in NYC?

Where are the best book stores in NYC? [more inside]
posted by theinsectsarewaiting on Jun 15, 2006 - 27 answers

When will I see my companion again?

"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 - 3 answers

What is this poem?

Poem identification: [more inside]
posted by hermitosis on May 22, 2006 - 2 answers

Rescue me from my labyrinth. Help me translate Borges.

I'm looking for an English translation of Borges online. [more inside]
posted by veggieboy on May 15, 2006 - 7 answers

Looking for more words like this: "Pull apart the double helix like a wishbone."

I really like the lyrics of Why? {mp3 1 2 3}. Based solely on the words (fave lyrics here, here and here), what poets and other writers or songwriters would I like?
posted by You Should See the Other Guy on Apr 22, 2006 - 10 answers

J'adore l'amour et le soup de jour.

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 - 27 answers

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