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    This is a fully rhymed translation by John Storer...

    This is a fully rhymed translation by John Storer Cobb into English of Wiederfinden by Goethe.
    I know not whether the poem commemorates an actual incident or not but it depicts the poet’s joy at a...
  2. Possibly Childe Harold by Byron. Try:...

    Possibly Childe Harold by Byron.
    Try:
    http://www.poemswithoutfrontiers.com/Childe_Harold.html
    CLXXVIII
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    I suspect that Housman has invested “nothing...

    I suspect that Housman has invested “nothing much” with two meanings, viz. “a small and almost worthless thing” but also “easily lost”.
    The young men would prefer to think that a life, especially...
  4. This is a contrived task designed merely to test...

    This is a contrived task designed merely to test our capability to reason with reference to a poem irrelevant to the subject given.
    But perhaps one could find a link to our inability to face...
  5. Thread: Lord Byron

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    Lines Written Beneath an Elm in the Churchyard of...

    Lines Written Beneath an Elm in the Churchyard of Harrow.

    I used to live there and often visited the spot.
    Two verses only but every line wistful.
  6. Thread: Olivia

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    Playwrights write dramas for entertainment...

    Playwrights write dramas for entertainment (possibly instruction) for which purpose they ask us to suspend belief for a while. Olivia falls in love at first sight: Even so quickly may one catch the...
  7. Thread: Richard II

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    I can't spot a more recent thread. I hope this is...

    I can't spot a more recent thread. I hope this is the right place.

    I have just viewed the BBC production of Richard II in the current series of "The Hollow Crown". It was riveting. I had not...
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    The opening simile perfectly expresses a poet's...

    The opening simile perfectly expresses a poet's view of the distant past with its regrets for non recurring joys. Long time past is a tone, a hope and a love all of which are ephemeral and lost in a...
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    This is not a translation good enough for...

    This is not a translation good enough for publication.

    The two virtues that Radmila had inherited were her rare beauty and genuine heart. It was her kindness compassion that made her save Ulrich...
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    There is almost no information that could lead to...

    There is almost no information that could lead to a positive identification; but, since no response has been forthcoming, may I very tentatively suggest the possibility of:

    Whither Must I Wander...
  11. "Menon" is a typing error for "men on". A bank is...

    "Menon" is a typing error for "men on". A bank is a sharply rising, but not vertical, piece of land but not a hill: here, it is steep, ie has a gradient that requires a great effort to climb or haul...
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    We analyse Tennyson's output from a knowledge of...

    We analyse Tennyson's output from a knowledge of psychology unknown in his time; but do we impute to him too many of our own feeble thoughts? There may simply be a more prosaic reason for this poem,...
  13. Thread: the monk-poetry

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    If I were able to to choose any object in the...

    If I were able to to choose any object in the world
    That could possibly exist or be imagined,
    It would be the altar of Liberty.
    This was not built by common labour for a wage
    But consists of such...
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    "The forefathers" is the subject of the verse and...

    "The forefathers" is the subject of the verse and are the ancestors of those at present living.
    "rude" is a poetic word of respect for "man of the country", "peasant", "untaught" or "bucolic"...
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    The title is: Elegy Written in a Country...

    The title is:
    Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard

    often abbreviated to Gray's Elegy.

    The churchyard is at Stoke Poges, Buckinghamshire, England

    There are numerous other verses to this...
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    All of Tennyson's works are worth study. His...

    All of Tennyson's works are worth study. His "Ulysses" is medium length but fairly compact and offers plenty of scope for discussion.
    His "Maud" is long but with great study potential, particularly...
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    Presumably, a woman imagines herself in love with...

    Presumably, a woman imagines herself in love with no firm reason. Consequently, her passion is not of the burning kind, deep and intense like the real thing, but merely superficial.
    The author...
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    Read anthologies and criticisms by all means. I...

    Read anthologies and criticisms by all means.
    I suggest casting a fairly extensive net before identifying the works you like; but continue dipping into the wider field. If skills allow, read foreign...
  19. You are right to question whether this is a...

    You are right to question whether this is a sonnet. It does not conform in all respects to any strict definition but there are several sonnet forms. This one consists of 14 lines, which seems to be...
  20. An extract in a sonnet form from Shakespeare's "A...

    An extract in a sonnet form from Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" Act 2 Scene 1 spoken by Fairy (where there is no title). It encapsulates the musical innocence that pervades this play.
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  21. Thread: Keats Help :D

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    I can't comment on the Keats formula (although it...

    I can't comment on the Keats formula (although it has the Keatsian allusions and puzzling syntax); but you may find the following comments useful on what has the makings of a good poem:

    No title...
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    1. Drop comma after "Have you ever" 2. "never to...

    1. Drop comma after "Have you ever"
    2. "never to wake up" is correct but clumsy I suggest substituting "never to waken"
    3. First person singular must always be capitalised
    4. Similarly, proper...
  23. Thread: Remembrance

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    "Remembrance" was written in the mid 1840s...

    "Remembrance" was written in the mid 1840s whereas Branwell died in 1848. She died very soon after him allegedly from a chill caught at his funeral. The poem arose almost certainly not from a love...
  24. Thread: About "Mariana"

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    Hard by a poplar shook alway, Nearby, a Poplar...

    Hard by a poplar shook alway,
    Nearby, a Poplar (a type of tree) rustled its leaves all the time

    All silver-green with gnarled bark:
    It was siver green (in colour) with a knobbly bark

    For...
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    What is a traditional sonnet? Petrarch,...

    What is a traditional sonnet? Petrarch, Shakespeare or any other poet in any combination? (I prefer the Petrarchen form). The only common factor is that all use only 14 lines, (in my view far too...
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