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60-Day Book Meme - Day 51

Day 51 - Favorite poet?


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Mar. 20th, 2014 05:35 am (UTC)
For years, my answer to this question had always been Edgar Allan Poe. I remember falling in love with "Annabel Lee" when I was in the 5th grade and being heartbroken when I wasn't able to choose that poem during our poetry unit in Reading class because one of the older girls chose it first. Almost by default, Poe became my favorite poet. While I enjoy Poe's poetry, "El Dorado" and "The Raven" joining "Annabel Lee" as favorites, I mostly enjoy his tales.

Two and a half decades later, my favorite poem, "Listen to the Mustn'ts", is written by Shel Silverstein, but I can't really say he's my favorite poet either. My son adores his poetry, however, and Shel is his favorite. Many of the poems are quite clever and they certainly inspire readers to use their imaginations and think outside the box, but I just can't get to the point where I'd say he's my favorite.

I think that at this point I'm looking to name a poet whose poetry I find profound, inspiring, or thought-provoking. I suppose what it boils down to is that I don't read enough poetry, sadly, to choose a favorite poet. I like one or two poems here and there by many poets, but I can't think of any poets whose poetry as a whole I cherish in the same way I cherish the works of prose by my favorite authors.
Mar. 20th, 2014 08:24 am (UTC)
Edgar Allan Poe, Allen Ginsberg, and Sylvia Plath. :D
Mar. 20th, 2014 01:07 pm (UTC)
Emily Dickinson <3
Mar. 20th, 2014 05:10 pm (UTC)
Henri Michaux
Mar. 21st, 2014 03:56 am (UTC)
Sylvia Plath and Anne Sexton.
Mar. 21st, 2014 08:09 am (UTC)
Gérard de Nerval
Mar. 23rd, 2014 11:15 am (UTC)
Robert Frost
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