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Have you got a favourite poem?

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Yammy Fri 18-Mar-22 20:29:10

The national survey says that "If', by Rudyard Kipling",is the favourite followed by Wordsworths Daffodils. As at the moment we all have daffodils in bloom and an original copy of Wordsworth's has been returned to Dove cottage.What would yours be mine is "St.Agnes Eve" by Coolridge.

MissAdventure Fri 18-Mar-22 23:09:30

I can remember all the children's poems.
The jumblies, the spider and the fly, a the fairy who went a-marketing.

MissAdventure Fri 18-Mar-22 23:11:24

And Maverick Prowells and his rumbling bowels that thundered in the night.
They shook the bedrooms all around, and gave the folks a fright! grin

Juno56 Fri 18-Mar-22 23:11:47

When You Are Old W B Yeats.
Warning Jenny Joseph.

echt Fri 18-Mar-22 23:17:46

Ulysses by Alfred, Lord Tennyson.

A great poem for middle age: "Though much is taken, much abides".

Try and erase the mawkish use of it in "Skyfall" from your mind. grin

Delila Fri 18-Mar-22 23:21:12

I found something on a similar theme MissAdventure - Long Distance II, by Tony Harrison.

MissAdventure Fri 18-Mar-22 23:24:10

Oh thank you.
I'll go and have a read. smile

MissAdventure Fri 18-Mar-22 23:26:34

That's it!!!
I knew just by the tone of the first line.
Thanks so much.
I'm going to go and have a read of it now. thanks

MissAdventure Fri 18-Mar-22 23:30:37

Aah, mystery solved.
All those years of wondering...

Delila Fri 18-Mar-22 23:37:01

Oh - that’s good!!

Delila Fri 18-Mar-22 23:41:42

Wishes do come true!

MissAdventure Fri 18-Mar-22 23:43:05

It's made my day.

Blossoming Sat 19-Mar-22 01:05:55

How lovely, the power of Gransnet ?

Calendargirl Sat 19-Mar-22 06:55:51

Elizabeth Barrett Browning- Sonnet 23.

“If I lay here dead,…..”

All about the power of love.

Froglady Sat 19-Mar-22 07:06:57

I have two favourites:

Prayer Before Birth by Louis MacNeice

Upon Westminster Bridge by William Wordsworth.

nanna8 Sat 19-Mar-22 07:16:46

Aedh wishes for the cloths of heaven by Yeats. Always loved that one. Also The road not taken by Robert Frost.

Marydoll Sat 19-Mar-22 07:17:27


I have several.

The Second Coming by WB Yeats

I was about to type that,Blossoming, when I saw your post!

I was swithering between that and The Wasteland by TS Eliot.

aonk Sat 19-Mar-22 07:25:41

Keepsake Mill by R L Stevenson. The last verse especially.

eazybee Sat 19-Mar-22 07:38:47

An Arundel Tomb Philip Larkin, beautiful, as is the tomb.

My Last Duchess Robert Browning
(so sinister, read illicitly during an unusually boring English lesson many years ago.)

Nyman1962 Sat 19-Mar-22 07:55:30

Mr Bleaney by Philip Larkin, and many other poems by that wonderful poet

Nyman1962 Sat 19-Mar-22 08:06:26

I'm a bit of a poetry nerd/enthusiast.
I keep a database of thousands of poems that I like best and select one each day at random to read/study.

Sweetpeasue Sat 19-Mar-22 08:29:08

This is such a lovely thread. Love all the poems selected here. The Darkling Thrush is a favourite of mine too. A special one for me--and I can NEVER read it without tears is
Walking Away by C. Day Lewis.
I've 2 sons and this poem is so true.
The last 2 lines says it all--
How selfhood begins with a walking away,
And love is proved in the letting go.

Sweetpeasue Sat 19-Mar-22 08:36:40


The Peace of Wild Things by Wendell Berry.

Its final line is on my OH's gravestone:
"I rest in the grace of the world and am free."

Absolutely beautiful, this poem.
How lovely to put that on your DH's gravestone.

Zennomore Sat 19-Mar-22 08:54:02

Edwin Morgan - LOVE

Love rules. Love laughs. Love marches. Love
is the wolf that guards the gate.
Love is the food of music, art, poetry. It
fills us and fuels us and fires us to create.
Love is terror. Love is sweat. Love is bashed
pillow, crumpled sheet, unenviable fate.
Love is the honour that kills and saves and nothing
will ever let that high ambiguity abate.
Love is the crushed ice that tingles and shivers
and clinks fidgin-fain for the sugar-drenched
absinth to fall on it and alter its state.
With love you send a probe
So far from the globe
No one can name the shoals the voids the belts the
zones the drags the flares it signals all to
leave all and to navigate.

muse Sat 19-Mar-22 09:40:42

My love of poetry began when I was in my mid 30s when I decided to take an English literature A level. It took off like a rocket and I explored more and more but it was Ted Hughes’ poetry that really hit home with me.

I have two favourites:

Full Moon and Little Frieda. Such a tender moving poem about a young child’s amazement.
Thought Fox, which stirred me into writing poetry myself.

henetha Sat 19-Mar-22 09:51:15

I love so many poems that it's hard to name a favourite.
But the one I come back to time and time again and identify with is "Quicksand Years" by Walt Whitman.
And also 'Dover Beach' by Matthew Arnold.
I discovered poetry in my early teens and have several exercise books filled with my favourites.