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    Try Robert Frost? Or Wallace Stephens? Simon...

    Try Robert Frost? Or Wallace Stephens?

    Simon Armitage too I guess.
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    It's not the easiest book in the world, maybe...

    It's not the easiest book in the world, maybe it's just not for you and you don't know Nietzsche's work or method for thinking? Rather than being condescending to one of the most influential and...
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    A.E. Stallings, I guess, is alright.

    A.E. Stallings, I guess, is alright.
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    Gosh, so much. Bleeding Edge by Thomas Pynchon,...

    Gosh, so much. Bleeding Edge by Thomas Pynchon, The Silmarilian by J.R.R. Tolkien, a history of Florence because I'm interested in the city and the renaissance, Stoner by John Williams, Wuthering...
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    Michael Longley. He's excellent.

    Michael Longley. He's excellent.
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    Great stuff. To be honest, I'm so pleased you...

    Great stuff. To be honest, I'm so pleased you said that.

    I hated theory during my MA. Found it far too opaque and ideological to be objective and serious, and sometimes it seemed to be a little...
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    I don't like Sylvia Plath either, she is at best...

    I don't like Sylvia Plath either, she is at best mediocre.
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    What do you mean 'theory is over'? I'm curious. I...

    What do you mean 'theory is over'? I'm curious. I hope you are right! During my MA last year it was all theory though - Baktin and New Historicism and all that. I didn't like it, thought it was...
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    There's some bad blood in this thread?

    There's some bad blood in this thread?
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    It's not a bad list though - but I wouldn't treat...

    It's not a bad list though - but I wouldn't treat it as a bible.
  11. Finish it!

    Finish it!
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    I always loved that quote.

    I always loved that quote.
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    Walt Whitman's 'Song of Myself'. I'll post just...

    Walt Whitman's 'Song of Myself'. I'll post just the first few lines, but I like a lot of it very much.

    I

    I Celebrate myself, and sing myself,
    And what I assume you shall assume,
    For every...
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    Dante's Divine Comedy. It had a huge impact on me...

    Dante's Divine Comedy. It had a huge impact on me personally.
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    Musa is a good one. May have posted this before....

    Musa is a good one. May have posted this before. :P
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    Satan, I'd certainly agree.

    Satan, I'd certainly agree.
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    Nice! I love that room.

    Nice! I love that room.
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    Good list! I was going to post these too, adding...

    Good list! I was going to post these too, adding Basho's Haiku and The Tale of Genji.
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    Blackwells, and Waterstones. My loves. And Barter...

    Blackwells, and Waterstones. My loves. And Barter Books in Alnwick, Northumberland.
  20. Virgil had more versatility as a poet, I mean,...

    Virgil had more versatility as a poet, I mean, the Eclogues, Georgics, and an epic that can be mentioned in the same sentence as Homer. But Homer is 'il sommo poeta' (sorry Dante).
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    1. Homer 2. Aeschylus 3. Dante 4. Frost 5....

    1. Homer
    2. Aeschylus
    3. Dante
    4. Frost
    5. Burns

    Just personal choices, I had trouble deciding who I would pick, so honourable mentions include: Petrarch, Ovid, Chaucer, Shakespeare, Keats,...
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    I did this when I started seriously reading too....

    I did this when I started seriously reading too. Now I have a literal pile of books, and just read them in the order of placement - unless I happen to see and get something I am really interested in.
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    I've not read Mandelbaum's, I must admit, and it...

    I've not read Mandelbaum's, I must admit, and it appears I'm missing out. I like the Mark Musa translation the most, and I have a few translations of Dante. The C.H. Sisson one isn't bad, either....
  24. Mark Musa's translation is a good one. I like it...

    Mark Musa's translation is a good one. I like it a lot. I own a few translations of Dante, and I think (personally) it's the best.
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    Snow Country - it surely ranks among the finest...

    Snow Country - it surely ranks among the finest literature in the world.
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