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PostPosted: Sun Apr 13, 2003 4:59 pm 
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We're doing a tribute to poetry and stuff like that does anyone have an author that they feel is not honored enough or any good poerty that I might be able to use? thanks

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 14, 2003 6:31 am 
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I'd like to suggest some verses from A Shropshire Lad, a collection of poems by the English poet A E Housman in 1896. To set the scene, Queen Victoria was on the throne and Britain maintained a large army to control its Empire. The sixty-three poems vary in length and are unconnected, although two subjects predominate, love and death.

The autograph copy of the poems is usually on display in the Wren Library at Trinity College, Cambridge, where Housman was the Kennedy Professor of Latin. His statue stands in the town where he was born, Bromsgrove in Worcestershire. Here are just three examples - if you would like to read more you will readily find them on the internet.

XIII
When I was one-and-twenty
I heard a wise man say,
`Give crowns and pounds and guineas
But not your heart away;
Give pearls away and rubies
But keep your fancy free.'
But I was one-and-twenty
No use to talk to me.

When I was one-and-twenty
I heard him say again,
`The heart out of the bosom
Was never given in vain;
'Tis paid with sighs a plenty
And sold for endless rue.'
And I am two-and-twenty
And oh, 'tis true, 'tis true.

XXIII
The lads in their hundreds to Ludlow come in for the fair,
There's men from the barn and the forge and the mill and the fold,
The lads for the girls and the lads for the liquor are there,
And there with the rest are the lads that will never be old.

There's chaps from the town and the field and the till and the cart,
And many to count are the stalwart, and many the brave,
And many the handsome of face and the handsome of heart,
And few that will carry their looks or their truth to the grave.

I wish one could know them, I wish there were tokens to tell
The fortunate fellows that now you can never discern;
And then one could talk with them friendly and wish them farewell
And watch them depart on the way that they will not return.

But now you may stare as you like and there's nothing to scan;
And brushing your elbow unguessed-at and not to be told
They carry back bright to the coiner the mintage of man,
The lads that will die in their glory and never be old.

XL
Into my heart an air that kills
From yon far country blows:
What are those blue remembered hills,
What spires, what farms are those?

That is the land of lost content,
I see it shining plain,
The happy highways where I went
And cannot come again.

In a completely different vein, you might enjoy the striking A Martian Sends a Postcard Home by Craig Raine.

Best wishes for your project
from Henry


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 14, 2003 6:45 am 
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"Inagural Poem" by Maya Angelou
"Abraham Lincoln Walks at Midnight" by Vachel Lindsay
Lindsay, Vachel -- the Eagle that is Forgotten
"Bards of Passion, Bards of Mirth" by John Keats
Solitude by John Keats
"Red Wheel Barrow" by William Carlos Williams
"O Captain! My Captain" by Walt Whitman
"There was a man of double deed" by Anonymous in the Oxford Dictionary of Nursery Rhyme
Number 20 by Lawrence Ferlinghetti
In Praise of Limestone by H. Auden

Wislawa Szymborska the 1996 Nobel Laureate

Williams, William Carlos -- Red Wheel Barrow


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 16, 2003 5:54 pm 
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Thank you Much all. I will look into all of these suggestions and see what can be used. The line is still open to all who have anything to add. :wink:

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