Random lines of poetry

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Are there any lines of poetry (Or lyrics) that stuck with you for a reason or no reason at all?

 

Or a piece of poetry that impressed you for some reason although you can't remember the exact words?

 

There is only one piece of German poetry I remember in full length (Septembermorgen by Mörike), and it always comes to my mind if I am scuffing my way through autumn leaves.

 

Another one that impressed me is "Die Füsse im Feuer" (CF Meyer) and Kleine Aster (Benn). I had to read them at school.

 

And one line from the Crimson Petal "Now lies the earth all danae to the stars". Total abandon to a warm summer nights joy.

 

I am really ashamed to admit that I can't remember any other pieces of poetry. I think I had to learn at least 50 by heart.

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I wandered lonely as a cloud...

 

As mrs g pointed out last night:

"Is there anything less lonely than a cloud? Wordsworth, you're an idiot..."

 

To those who can't work it out for themselves, mrs g and myself are from the northern counties of England... :lol:

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Almost all poetry I know is in spanish.

 

My mother used to recite verses that fit the situation, so I know many quite well and the accompanying poems.

 

This is an excerpt from one of my favourite poems:

 

Pablo Neruda, 20 love poems and a song of despair, poem 20

 

Ya no la quiero, es cierto, pero tal vez la quiero.

Es tan corto el amor, y es tan largo el olvido.

Porque en noches como �sta la tuve entre mis brazos,

Mi alma no se contenta con haberla perdido.

 

I don't love her anymore, it's true, but maybe I love her

Love is so short, and forgetting is so long.

Because on nights like this I held her in my arms

My soul is not content with having lost her.

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"Take a look at this photograph

Clearly his teeth were bared

He could'a been yawning or snarling

The story was never clear"

-Gordon Downie, 1994

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"Heart never hoped that one migt be,

All of the things you are to me.

The Dawn, the Fire, the Rainbow, and the Day"

 

- James Fenton

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I drank too much

and I said too much

and there's nowhere to go but down...

 

- Morrissey (oops, sorry for the mention). I want that written on my gravestone.

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"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

 

- Shelley, Ozymandius

 

"odi profanum vulgus et arceo" (I loathe the uneducated masses and keep them away from me)

 

- Horace, Odes

 

"Males shouldn't be jealous that's a female trait

Watch you mad 'cause you push dimes and he sell weight?

You all don't know my expenses, I gotta buy a bigger place

Hehehe, and more baggies, why you all aggie?

Nigga respect the game, that should be it

What you eat don't make me shit - where's the love?"

 

- Jay-Z, Heart of the City

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How still the lemon branch

observes the sky begin to blanch

Without a cry, without a prayer, with no expression of despair!

 

Sometime while night obscures the tree

the zenith of her life will be

Gone past forever, and from thence

a second history will commence,

 

A chronicle no longer gold,

a bargaining with mist and mold,

And finally the broken stem,

the plummeting to earth, and then

 

An intercourse not well-designed

for creatures of the golden kind

Whose native green mists arch above

the earths obscure, corrupting love

 

And still the lemon on the branch

observes the sky begin to blanch

Without a cry, without a prayer,

with no expression of despair.

 

O courage will you not as well

select a second place to dwell,

Not only in the lemon tree

but in the frightened heart of me?

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The stars are not wanted now;

Put out every one.

Pack up the moon and dismantle the sun;

Pour away the ocean and sweep up the woods.

For nothing now can ever come to any good.

 

From W.H. Auden's Funeral Blues

 

Depressing, yes. But I think it's beautiful and love it all the same.

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What is this life if full of care,

We have no time to stand and stare.

 

W.H. Davis.

 

Now his life was interesting. I remember reading as a child his book

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Autobiography_of_a_Super-Tramp

 

The Autobiography of a Super-Tramp.

 

It was wonderful. I travelled with him across Canada and America. In my mind, of course. We had to learn that poem in Miss Owen's class, Class 6 of Maelgwn Primary School, Llandudno Junction.

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The best laid plans of mice and men (where Steinbeck got the inspiration for the novel title).

 

But, Mousie, thou art no thy lane

In proving foresight may be vain:

The best laid schemes o' mice an' men

Gang aft a-gley,

An' lea'e us nought but grief an' pain,

For promised joy.

 

But little Mouse, you are not alone,

In proving foresight may be vain:

The best laid schemes of mice and men

Go often askew,

And leave us nothing but grief and pain,

For promised joy!

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Do not go gentle into that good night

Rage, rage against the dying of the light

 

This villanelle from Dylan Thomas makes me fill up every single time I read it.

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From W.H. Auden's Funeral Blues Depressing, yes. But I think it's beautiful and love it all the same.

 

@bluebell16. I love it too. Especially John Hannah reading it.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b_a-eXIoyYA

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And with him fled the shades of night.

 

From Paradise Lost by John Milton. We had to do a couple of books for A level English and despite learning lots of lines off by heart (yes, in those days, you weren't allowed to take books into the exam as you are now), these are the only words that have stuck.

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bit more than just one line... but I omitted the boring ones :-)

 

If you can keep your head when all about you

Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;

If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,

But make allowance for their doubting too;

[...]

 

If you can dream - and not make dreams your master;

If you can think - and not make thoughts your aim;

If you can meet with triumph and disaster

And treat those two imposters just the same;

[...]

 

If you can make one heap of all your winnings

And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,

And lose, and start again at your beginnings

And never breath a word about your loss;

If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew

To serve your turn long after they are gone,

And so hold on when there is nothing in you

Except the Will which says to them: "Hold on";

 

[...]

If you can fill the unforgiving minute

With sixty seconds' worth of distance run -

Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,

And - which is more - you'll be a Man my son!

 

Cheerio

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A ring-whorled prow rode in the harbour,ice-clad, outbound, a craft for a prince.

 

(from Beowulf, Heaney's translation)

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When I am sad and weary,

When I think all hope has gone,

When I walk along High Holborn

I think of you with nothing on

 

Adrian Mitchell

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Here I sit

Broken-hearted

Paid a dime

And only farted

 

--Anon, ca. 1974, men's room stall door, Macy's San Francisco

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