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Do you read poetry? If so, who is your favorite poet?

Asked by Demosthenes (6787points) 2 weeks ago

I know a good amount about poetry and poets, I have had to study it in my pursuit of an English degree, but my focus has always been on prose and I admittedly don’t read that much poetry. Its opacity has always put me off (at least, the opacity of poetry highly regarded in academic circles).

Of the poets I’m more familiar with, my favorite is probably T. S. Eliot. Mainly because I’ve actually gone in depth analyzing a number of his poems for college courses and it made me appreciate them more (it probably had the opposite effect on me in high school).

So who is your favorite poet?

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nerdgirl578's avatar

I like Flavman.

elbanditoroso's avatar

I like some poetry, I’m very picky.

Poetry, to me, is like art. Each person has their own likes and dislikes, and it’s all personal choice. I don’t care for the ‘old’ poets – most of them are pretentious and irrelevant. And I absolutely can’t stand ‘free verse’ – it seems like disorganized babbling to me.

I liked this a lot: link I always liked his petry.

ucme's avatar

Not particularly no, but If by Rudyard Kipling is hugely inspiring/impressive.

RedDeerGuy1's avatar

My friend who died in Dec 20 , 2018 was an awesome poet. Her name was Dedra Marie Iverson. I unfriended Her, and lost track of each other. Today I just learned that she died.

raum's avatar


What is poetry which does not save
Nations or people?
A connivance with official lies,
A song of drunkards whose throats will be cut in a moment,
Readings for sophomore girls.
...

raum's avatar


The purpose of poetry is to remind us
how difficult it is to remain just one person,
for our house is open, there are no keys in the doors,
and invisible guests come in and out at will.

What I’m saying here is not, I agree, poetry,
as poems should be written rarely and reluctantly,
under unbearable duress and only with the hope
that good spirits, not evil ones, choose us for their instrument.

SavoirFaire's avatar

I love poetry. I grew up on Dr. Seuss, Shel Silverstein, and Langston Hughes. Later, I was introduced to poets like Robert Frost, Ogden Nash, and E.E. Cummings. As for contemporary poets, I really enjoy Kimiko Hahn, Rupi Kaur, and Dean Young. But like any art, even the best will have hits and misses. There are individual poems I love by Gary Soto and Frank O’Hara, and “How to Like It” by Stephen Dobyns just might be an existential masterpiece, but I couldn’t name another poem by any of them. So for the most part, I think I have favorite poems more than I have favorite poets.

In case anyone is wondering, these are the poems that @raum is quoting.

Pinguidchance's avatar

Opining poetic opacity
While flaunting noetic sagacity
There was one Greek I knew
Who wrote in clerihew
Displaying zoetic vivacity.

kritiper's avatar

Robert W. Service.

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