My dear Mother won many serious prizes for her's.
I too have written some, and one that they say was well written.
It is not something everyone can do......but most can like.
Not hard with most to even understand, some can be slightly (different) for want of another word.
Poetry in my opinion refines us.
It makes us cry.
It can make us even laugh. e.g.(Pam Ayers).
Or you can get into some heavy work:
poet Edgar Allan Poe #7 on top 500 poets.
Spirits Of The Dead
Thy soul shall find itself alone
'Mid dark thoughts of the grey tombstone;
Not one, of all the crowd, to pry
Into thine hour of secrecy.
Be silent in that solitude,
Which is not loneliness- for then
The spirits of the dead, who stood
In life before thee, are again
In death around thee, and their will
Shall overshadow thee; be still.
The night, though clear, shall frown,
And the stars shall not look down
From their high thrones in the Heaven
With light like hope to mortals given,
But their red orbs, without beam,
To thy weariness shall seem
As a burning and a fever
Which would cling to thee for ever.
Now are thoughts thou shalt not banish,
Now are visions ne'er to vanish;
From thy spirit shall they pass
No more, like dew-drop from the grass.
The breeze, the breath of God, is still,
And the mist upon the hill
Shadowy, shadowy, yet unbroken,
Is a symbol and a token.
How it hangs upon the trees,
A mystery of mysteries!
I love poetry. I used to read it a lot but of recent years haven't read so much. Generally, since having my son I haven't read much at all! I suppose though I do get a poetry fix from all the baby and small child books we read together - a lot of them are written in rhyme and have wonderful rhythms.
I've not been to a live poetry reading (I've watched a few videos online) but would like to. It's on my Bucket List!
I love Australian Bush Poetry and have been fortunate enough to have seen some great performers reciting these. Apart from the classics, Henry Lawson and Banjo Pattrerson there are some marvellous modern poets about.
i agree!!! there are some great modern poets, and Henry Lawson is my fave yesteryear. (his story The Drover's Wife - I cannot read it without tears. The picture in my mind of that mother taking the children for a Sunday walk, in that
harsh, desolate country.)
I love poetry and like donjo, I have Poet's Pen, which was my brother's set book at school. I have Off the Shelf and others plus my mother's poetry book "The School Anthology" from 1930. It was awarded to her for being a courteous and good student. Wordsworth, Keats, Yeats, Coleridge, Byron, Shelley, Colin Thiele, Dorothea MacKellar's My Country - so many to love. Ode To A Nightingale, Daffodils . . I could go on. Of course, English poetry is a quick trip home at any time :-)