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    Lightbulb Poems which deserve to be read by all at least once in their life

    Here are poems I think someone has to read and at least once in their life:

    The Passionate Shepherd to His Love by Christopher Marlowe,
    The Wild Swans at Coole by William Butler Yeats,
    If by Joseph Rudyard Kipling,
    The Arrival of the Bee Box by Sylvia Plath,
    The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock by Thomas Stearns Eliot,

    Also,

    William Shakespeare's Sonnet XVIII with
    Elizabeth Barrett Browning's Sonnet XLIII

    and

    The Lamb by William Blake with
    The Tyger by William Blake


    What do you think? Do you Agree or Disagree?
    Would you like to make other suggestions?
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    Masnavi by Rumi
    Always do that, wild ducks do. They shoot to the bottom as deep as they can get, sir — and bite themselves fast in the tangle and seaweed — and all the devil's own mess that grows down there. And they never come up again. - The Wild Duck, Henrik Ibsen.


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    Thanks for the references of poems. I will have to check these out.
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    I would add Paradise Lost by Milton

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    'Epipsychidion' and 'Ode to the West Wind' by Shelley
    'An Arundel Tomb' by Philip Larkin
    'The Good Morrow', 'A Fever' and 'Hymn to God my God' by John Donne
    'They Flee from Me' by Sir Thomas Wyatt
    'Leave me, O love...' by Sir Philip Sidney

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saladin View Post
    Masnavi by Rumi
    I have never heard of Rumi. I'll check him out, thanks

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    'If' by Rudyard Kipling
    I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of anything than of a book! When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.


    Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cat_Brenners View Post
    Thanks for the references of poems. I will have to check these out.
    Cat
    It's no problem. The others which are added on by other members are worth looking at too. Milton's Paradise Lost is quite worth while to read. If you read it and like it, you should then read Frankenstein as a reccomendation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bree View Post
    I would add Paradise Lost by Milton
    Yeah that's a good one. Can't believe I missed that. Thanks

    Oh and if you don't mind me asking, have you read the whole 12 books yourself?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pecksie View Post
    'Epipsychidion' and 'Ode to the West Wind' by Shelley
    'An Arundel Tomb' by Philip Larkin
    'The Good Morrow', 'A Fever' and 'Hymn to God my God' by John Donne
    'They Flee from Me' by Sir Thomas Wyatt
    'Leave me, O love...' by Sir Philip Sidney
    Thank You. I have heard of the poets but not these specific poems. I shall look them up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dramasnot6 View Post
    'If' by Rudyard Kipling
    Hahahah it's on the list

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    "Romance" by Edgar Allan Poe

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    "Sailing To Byzantium" and "Byzantium" both by Yeats.
    "Ash Wednesday" and "The Waste Land" both by T.S. Eiot
    "Ode To A Grecan Urn" and "Ode to a Nightingale" both by Keats
    In Memoriam by Tennyson
    "Sunday Morning" and "Final Soliloquy of the Interior Paramour" both by Wallace Stevens

    And lots and lots and lots others. But how's that for now.
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    A list of very basic, accessible yet essential poems:

    Sonnet 116 by Shakespeare
    The Sunne Rising and Batter My Heart by John Donne
    An Essay on Man and The Rape of the Lock by Alexander Pope
    Tyger (William Blake)
    Rime of the Ancient Mariner (Coleridge)
    Tintern Abbey, The Daffodils, The Solitary Reaper and the Lucy Poems by Wordsworth
    She Walks in Beauty by Byron
    Lines on an Indian Air, Adonais, Ode to the West Wind by Shelley
    To Autumn, Ode to the Nightingale, To... (Had I man's fair form...), Isabella or the Pot of Basil by John Keats
    The Lady of Shallot, Charge of the Light Brigade and Sweet and Low by Tennyson
    My Last Duchess by Robert Browning
    The Raven and Annabelle Lee by Poe
    Sailing to Byzantium, The Wild Swans at Coole, When You are Old, The Second Coming by W B Yeats
    Dover Beach by Mathew Arnold
    If by Rudyard Kipling
    The Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock, Gerontion, Journey of the Magi by T S Eliot
    In the Station of a Metro by Ezra Pound
    Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, The Road Not Taken, Desert Places, Birches by Robert Frost
    The Emperor of Ice Cream by Wallace Stevens

    Let's read these first and then we will discuss Pushkin, Lautreamont and Baudelair etc!
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    There are literally thousands - I'll add though, Hart Crane's Voyages sequence.
    The Four Quartets - Eliot
    Birches - Frost
    The Wild Swans at Coole - Yeats
    The Snow man - Stevens

    Amongst thousands of others - virtually all the Norton anthology, even the minor poets.

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