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August 06, 2011

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FaithB

I do enjoy poetry, Anastasia. I enjoyed TS Eliot's book of "cat" poems published by his friends after he died. I teach "CATS" to my kids and explain that it all began with letters written to his friends and relatives, went into a book of poetry and has ended up a musical/movie.
I enjoy reading e.e.cummings and also Rumi, books of love poetry. As you well know, I also enjoy writing poetry, though mine poems are free prose.
I also have a copy of the book you wrote, and I am VERY proud of it and its author.... my wonderful friend, Anastasia!

(PS: I did begin blogging on Typepad again)

Kofla Olivieri

I am not a poetry fan, lol

Christina

I read The Waste Land in Greek - translated by our great poet Seferis. Now I'm very interested to read Four Quartets! The theme sounds quite thought-provoking. I love poetry very much, especially greek poetry. My favorite poets: Seferis, Empirikos, Kavafis and Ritsos. I used to like Kariotakis at a time but I now find him quite depressing...

Laura

I am also the proud owner of a copy of your book which you kindly sent to me. Your book helped me to have a better understanding of Eliot's major poetry. You know, Anastasia,prose in its most basic form makes its meaning directly, through the content of the words. It literally attempts to say what it means. Poetry also makes much of its meaning in that way. One of the ways, however, that people have defined poetry over the centuries is that poetry is writing that also makes its meaning less directly, through the sound of the language, through how the words are broken into lines, through metaphor (rather than explanation), and through the poet's ability to say what they do more concisely, eloquently, and rhetorically than what we expect from prose. This is probably the reason why I love poetry more than prose. To me Shakespeare is the greatest poet of all times, but I also enjoy reading William Blake, John Donne, Graham Burchell, Harold Pinter and Adrian Green.

Jim

I'm not really into poetry, but I do love Shakespeare's sonnets. Here's my favourite:

Those hours that with gentle work did frame
The lovely gaze where every eye doth dwell
Will play the tyrants to the very same,
And that unfair which fairly doth excel:
For never-resting time leads summer on
To hideous winter and confounds him there,
Sap checked with frost and lusty leaves quite gone,
Beauty o'er-snowed and bareness every where:
Then were not summer's distillation left
A liquid prisoner pent in walls of glass,
Beauty's effect with beauty were bereft,
Nor it nor no remembrance what it was.
But flowers distilled though they with winter meet,
Leese but their show, their substance still lives sweet.

Gary Conrado

I love poetry and I feel its a great way to express yourself.
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Constantinos

I do enjoy reading poetry from time to time. My favourite Greek poets are Kostis Palamas and Dionisios Solomos. I also like Emily Brontes poems. My most favourite is called "Hope"

HOPE

by: Emily Brontë (1818-1848)

OPE Was but a timid friend;
She sat without the grated den,
Watching how my fate would tend,
Even as selfish-hearted men.

She was cruel in her fear;
Through the bars one dreary day,
I looked out to see her there,
And she turned her face away!

Like a false guard, false watch keeping,
Still, in strife, she whispered peace;
She would sing while I was weeping;
If I listened, she would cease.

False she was, and unrelenting;
When my last joys strewed the ground,
Even Sorrow saw, repenting,
Those sad relics scattered round;

Hope, whose whisper would have given
Balm to all my frenzied pain,
Stretched her wings, and soared to heaven,
Went, and ne'er returned again!

Haruko N

First, I would like to thank you for this wonderful post which allows me to learn more about English poetry. The comments have also added to my poor knowledge of English poetry. I will try to read Shakespear and Eliot in English! I love poetry very much but I read only Japanese poets like Tadamine, Kornachi and Tsurayuki.

Jean-Paul Bouvier

Félicitations, Anastasia! Je ne savais pas que tu es auteur aussi. Quant à moi, je n'aime pas trop la poésie.

Lakis Ioannou

I enjoy reading biographies and political books. The truth is I'm not very keen on poetry but I like Lord Alfred Tennyson and Thomas Hardy's poems.

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