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    Best poetry you have read?

    Post by User1 on Tue Apr 30, 2013 4:24 pm

    Another thread which came up because of too much time contemplating life.

    I would dig up a poem I wrote, but it would take some time to find, will try looking for it now though.

    Anyways, what is the best poetry you have ever read? It could be in terms of creativity, possibly some kind of moral behind it, etc.
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    Re: Best poetry you have read?

    Post by WhatDoesThePendantDo? on Tue Apr 30, 2013 4:26 pm

    Paradise Lost is purdy gud.

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    Re: Best poetry you have read?

    Post by Noob-of-Artorias on Tue Apr 30, 2013 4:34 pm

    I quite like the work of Emily ****


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    Re: Best poetry you have read?

    Post by User1 on Tue Apr 30, 2013 4:46 pm

    Aah, the poem I wrote. Meh, here I go:

    One fateful day, I realised a light,
    Coming from the end of the tunnel,
    This light, making my life bright,
    Firstly making me fumble.

    I did not know what to say,
    I could not let this be shunned,
    The beauty I saw on this day,
    Made me utterly stunned.

    I approach, taking a chance.
    The unlikely became truth,
    It turned out to be true romance,
    This was a great day, forsooth.

    The light lit up more than the tunnel,
    The light lit up my life,
    The light solved the puzzle,
    The light ended my strife.

    And on this fateful day it seems,
    I felt I could live again,
    My fate, was deemed,
    Something that shall not be changed in vain.


    Not very good, I know, but I imagine it was good at the time, and it's kinda obvious who it was directed at. winking
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    Re: Best poetry you have read?

    Post by Mr. Tart on Tue Apr 30, 2013 4:47 pm

    A Dream Within A Dream by Edgar Allan Poe.
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    A Dream Within A Dream

    Take this kiss upon the brow!
    And, in parting from you now,
    Thus much let me avow-
    You are not wrong, who deem
    That my days have been a dream;
    Yet if hope has flown away
    In a night, or in a day,
    In a vision, or in none,
    Is it therefore the less gone?
    All that we see or seem
    Is but a dream within a dream.

    I stand amid the roar
    Of a surf-tormented shore,
    And I hold within my hand
    Grains of the golden sand-
    How few! yet how they creep
    Through my fingers to the deep,
    While I weep- while I weep!
    O God! can I not grasp
    Them with a tighter clasp?
    O God! can I not save
    One from the pitiless wave?
    Is all that we see or seem
    But a dream within a dream?
    Edgar Allan Poe



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    Re: Best poetry you have read?

    Post by Mr. Tart on Tue Apr 30, 2013 4:48 pm

    RenegadeCop wrote:Aah, the poem I wrote. Meh, here I go:

    One fateful day, I realised a light,
    Coming from the end of the tunnel,
    This light, making my life bright,
    Firstly making me fumble.

    I did not know what to say,
    I could not let this be shunned,
    The beauty I saw on this day,
    Made me utterly stunned.

    I approach, taking a chance.
    The unlikely became truth,
    It turned out to be true romance,
    This was a great day, forsooth.

    The light lit up more than the tunnel,
    The light lit up my life,
    The light solved the puzzle,
    The light ended my strife.

    And on this fateful day it seems,
    I felt I could live again,
    My fate, was deemed,
    Something that shall not be changed in vain.


    Not very good, I know, but I imagine it was good at the time, and it's kinda obvious who it was directed at. winking

    http://soulswiki.forumsrpg.com/t13892p75-post-your-poems?highlight=poems#413550


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    Re: Best poetry you have read?

    Post by AnCapaillMor on Tue Apr 30, 2013 4:48 pm

    She sat on the bridge at midnight
    Her lips were all a quiver
    She gave a cough
    her leg fell off
    and floated down the river.

    Seriously Patrick Kavanagh's oh stony grey soil of monaghan. Kavanagh wasn't about the words but how they sounded as they came out.

    Oh stony grey soil of monaghan
    the love from my laugh you thieved
    you took the *** child of my passion
    and gave me your clod concieved.

    His On raglin road was another, turned into classic irish trad song by Luke Kelly, i'm not a big irish trad fan but the song is epic.
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    Re: Best poetry you have read?

    Post by skarekrow13 on Tue Apr 30, 2013 5:01 pm

    I'm a big fan of Poe. The Raven of course but many others too.

    As for why, while he often uses a pretty vanilla rhyme scheme it's often in contrast to his darker themes. Also, his cadence can often leads to a suggested anxiety while reading which is often exacerbated by repetition leading me to actually feel very tense while reading.

    One of my favorite examples:
    The Bells:
    The Bells

    I

    Hear the sledges with the bells-
    Silver bells!
    What a world of merriment their melody foretells!
    How they tinkle, tinkle, tinkle,
    In the icy air of night!
    While the stars that oversprinkle
    All the heavens, seem to twinkle
    With a crystalline delight;
    Keeping time, time, time,
    In a sort of Runic rhyme,
    To the tintinnabulation that so musically wells
    From the bells, bells, bells, bells,
    Bells, bells, bells-
    From the jingling and the tinkling of the bells.

    II

    Hear the mellow wedding bells,
    Golden bells!
    What a world of happiness their harmony foretells!
    Through the balmy air of night
    How they ring out their delight!
    From the molten-golden notes,
    And an in tune,
    What a liquid ditty floats
    To the turtle-dove that listens, while she gloats
    On the moon!
    Oh, from out the sounding cells,
    What a gush of euphony voluminously wells!
    How it swells!
    How it dwells
    On the Future! how it tells
    Of the rapture that impels
    To the swinging and the ringing
    Of the bells, bells, bells,
    Of the bells, bells, bells,bells,
    Bells, bells, bells-
    To the rhyming and the chiming of the bells!

    III

    Hear the loud alarum bells-
    Brazen bells!
    What a tale of terror, now, their turbulency tells!
    In the startled ear of night
    How they scream out their affright!
    Too much horrified to speak,
    They can only shriek, shriek,
    Out of tune,
    In a clamorous appealing to the mercy of the fire,
    In a mad expostulation with the deaf and frantic fire,
    Leaping higher, higher, higher,
    With a desperate desire,
    And a resolute endeavor,
    Now- now to sit or never,
    By the side of the pale-faced moon.
    Oh, the bells, bells, bells!
    What a tale their terror tells
    Of Despair!
    How they clang, and clash, and roar!
    What a horror they outpour
    On the bosom of the palpitating air!
    Yet the ear it fully knows,
    By the twanging,
    And the clanging,
    How the danger ebbs and flows:
    Yet the ear distinctly tells,
    In the jangling,
    And the wrangling,
    How the danger sinks and swells,
    By the sinking or the swelling in the anger of the bells-
    Of the bells-
    Of the bells, bells, bells,bells,
    Bells, bells, bells-
    In the clamor and the clangor of the bells!

    IV

    Hear the tolling of the bells-
    Iron Bells!
    What a world of solemn thought their monody compels!
    In the silence of the night,
    How we shiver with affright
    At the melancholy menace of their tone!
    For every sound that floats
    From the rust within their throats
    Is a groan.
    And the people- ah, the people-
    They that dwell up in the steeple,
    All Alone
    And who, tolling, tolling, tolling,
    In that muffled monotone,
    Feel a glory in so rolling
    On the human heart a stone-
    They are neither man nor woman-
    They are neither brute nor human-
    They are Ghouls:
    And their king it is who tolls;
    And he rolls, rolls, rolls,
    Rolls
    A paean from the bells!
    And his merry bosom swells
    With the paean of the bells!
    And he dances, and he yells;
    Keeping time, time, time,
    In a sort of Runic rhyme,
    To the paean of the bells-
    Of the bells:
    Keeping time, time, time,
    In a sort of Runic rhyme,
    To the throbbing of the bells-
    Of the bells, bells, bells-
    To the sobbing of the bells;
    Keeping time, time, time,
    As he knells, knells, knells,
    In a happy Runic rhyme,
    To the rolling of the bells-
    Of the bells, bells, bells:
    To the tolling of the bells,
    Of the bells, bells, bells, bells-
    Bells, bells, bells-
    To the moaning and the groaning of the bells.

    Edgar Allan Poe

    Now, if you're like me, there is a conflict mentally reading this. Due to the repetition my brain feels like I should continue increasing the speed at which I read it. However, there is another desire to keep on pace. This poem literally makes my heart race when I read it as a result of the mental distress the conflict causes. Great job Poe!

    I've also written at least one decent poem, but this is long enough already (even though that sentence is longer than the poem big grin )


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    Re: Best poetry you have read?

    Post by User1 on Tue Apr 30, 2013 5:13 pm

    Far too long Skare. silly
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    Re: Best poetry you have read?

    Post by Noob-of-Artorias on Tue Apr 30, 2013 5:22 pm

    Your gun is of course your best friend, on whom you must always depend. When you get into fights, you can look down the sights and bullets come out of the end.


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    Re: Best poetry you have read?

    Post by Serious_Much on Tue Apr 30, 2013 5:33 pm

    Blank page.

    Or my poem:

    **** crap rubbish dire awful bad catastrophic terrible shocking garbage evil boring tedious slow daft..

    thats all i got right now.


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    Re: Best poetry you have read?

    Post by Dibsville on Tue Apr 30, 2013 6:23 pm

    "As the falling rain
    trickles among the stones
    memories come bubbling out.
    It's as if the rain
    had pierced my temples.
    Streaming
    streaming chaotically
    come memories:
    the reedy voice
    of the servant
    telling me tales
    of ghosts. They sat beside me
    the ghosts
    and the bed creaked
    that purple-dark afternoon
    when I learned you were leaving forever,
    a gleaming pebble
    from constant rubbing
    becomes a comet.
    Rain is falling
    falling
    and memories keep flooding by
    they show me a senseless
    world
    a voracious
    world--abyss
    ambush
    whirlwind
    spur
    but I keep loving it
    because I do
    because of my five senses
    because of my amazement
    because every morning,
    because forever, I have loved it
    without knowing why."


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    Re: Best poetry you have read?

    Post by UmbasaOtter on Tue Apr 30, 2013 7:03 pm

    The fog shrouded land
    Take the souls of many a foe
    Burn eternally

    not actually the best, i just like writing haikus
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    Re: Best poetry you have read?

    Post by Maneater_Mildred on Wed May 01, 2013 3:28 am

    This is my all time favorite poem.

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    Re: Best poetry you have read?

    Post by Tolvo on Wed May 01, 2013 3:33 am

    It's a bit hard to just post all of Paradise Lost.
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    Re: Best poetry you have read?

    Post by ResIsBestStat on Wed May 01, 2013 4:34 am

    The Divine Comedy plz
    Then again I live in Italy...
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    Re: Best poetry you have read?

    Post by skarekrow13 on Wed May 01, 2013 11:03 am

    Tolvo, I think Mildred preemptively solved your dilemma winking

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    Re: Best poetry you have read?

    Post by Ghadis_God on Wed May 01, 2013 1:38 pm

    I'm a big fan of Blake, his work falls short in some areas but his thinking was incredibly ahead of its time.

    Tyger Tyger, burning bright,
    In the forests of the night;
    What immortal hand or eye,
    Could frame thy fearful symmetry?

    In what distant deeps or skies.
    Burnt the fire of thine eyes?
    On what wings dare he aspire?
    What the hand, dare seize the fire?

    And what shoulder, & what art,
    Could twist the sinews of thy heart?
    And when thy heart began to beat,
    What dread hand? & what dread feet?

    What the hammer? what the chain,
    In what furnace was thy brain?
    What the anvil? what dread grasp,
    Dare its deadly terrors clasp!

    When the stars threw down their spears
    And water'd heaven with their tears:
    Did he smile his work to see?
    Did he who made the Lamb make thee?

    Tyger Tyger burning bright,
    In the forests of the night:
    What immortal hand or eye,
    Dare frame thy fearful symmetry?


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    Re: Best poetry you have read?

    Post by Ghadis_God on Wed May 01, 2013 1:42 pm

    I likes me some Shelley too, this poem in particular has real power.

    I met a traveller from an antique land
    Who said: "Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
    Stand in the desert. Near them on the sand,
    Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown
    And wrinkled lip and sneer of cold command
    Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
    Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
    The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed.
    And on the pedestal these words appear:
    `My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings:
    Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair!'
    Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
    Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare,
    The lone and level sands stretch far away".


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    Re: Best poetry you have read?

    Post by Ghadis_God on Wed May 01, 2013 1:46 pm

    Sorry for the continued postings, but I know quite a bit about 19th century poetry now that I just finished a class in it. Tennyson really was at his best when he was in despair and not just hiding behind the skirts of religion.

    Be near me when my light is low,
    When the blood creeps, and the nerves prick
    And tingle; and the heart is sick,
    And all the wheels of Being slow.
    Be near me when the sensuous frame
    Is rack’d with pangs that conquer trust;
    And Time, a maniac scattering dust,
    And Life, a Fury slinging flame.
    Be near me when my faith is dry,
    And men the flies of latter spring,
    That lay their eggs, and sting and sing
    And weave their petty cells and die.
    Be near me when I fade away,
    To point the term of human strife,
    And on the low dark verge of life
    The twilight of eternal day.


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    Re: Best poetry you have read?

    Post by User1 on Wed May 01, 2013 1:49 pm

    These are really good, much better than what I could do! big grin
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    Post by Ghadis_God on Wed May 01, 2013 1:51 pm

    It's too long to post but Oscar Wilde's "The Ballad of Reading Gaol" is probably one of my favorite poems of all time. I also really like the stuff Tolkien did and included in LoTR, it has real power to tell a story and it leaves quite a bit to the imagination. I didn't like it at first but now I appreciate its musicality, particularly the Song of Earendil.


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    Re: Best poetry you have read?

    Post by Ghadis_God on Wed May 01, 2013 1:55 pm

    RenegadeCop wrote:These are really good, much better than what I could do! big grin
    Better than most anyone could do lol, don't let it get you down. I write some poetry myself but always end up displeased with it. I did write a dark souls related one a while back to commemorate a covenant event, if you don't mind me posting it since it doesn't hold up to actually good poetry.


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    Re: Best poetry you have read?

    Post by User1 on Wed May 01, 2013 2:07 pm

    I would like to see it.
    Plus, if you haven't seen already, the poem I wrote was on the first page, we may be able to compare. silly
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    Re: Best poetry you have read?

    Post by skarekrow13 on Wed May 01, 2013 2:08 pm

    I think you're safe to post it winking

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