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What is one of your favorite lines from a poem?

Asked by janbb (56179points) 3 weeks ago

I don’t want the whole poem – just the line and the name of the poem and poet.

Looking to talk/think about something other than the coronavirus and/or politics.

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janbb's avatar

I’ll start since this is the line that made me think of the question.

“We read much of the night and go south in the winter.”

From T.S. Eliot’s The Wasteland

gondwanalon's avatar

My horse may find it queer to stop without a farm house near.
But I have promises to keep and miles to take a leak. -Frost

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

But we loved with a love that was more than love- Annabel Lee
Edgar Allan Poe

janbb's avatar

@gondwanalon That didn’t scan quite right!

ragingloli's avatar

“Und bist du nicht willig, so brauch ich Gewalt!”

janbb's avatar

@ragingloli I think you penned that yourself, you devil.

ragingloli's avatar

It is from “Erlkönig”, by Goethe.

janbb's avatar

^^ Thanks.

Hawaii_Jake's avatar

Words move. Music moves
Only in time; but that which is only living
Can only die. Words, after speech, reach
Into the silence.
Burnt Norton, V
TS Eliot

janbb's avatar

@Hawaii_Jake And

“For us there is only the trying, the rest is not our business.”

Four Quartets, Eliot

Hawaii_Jake's avatar

Ooo! Very nice!

I picked up a used copy of Four Quartets at a bookstore many years ago and discovered a treasure. It had handwritten notes from a teacher or professor in the front. I will pull it off the shelf when I get home this afternoon.

RedDeerGuy1's avatar

Fearful symmastry.

Hawaii_Jake's avatar

@RedDeerGuy1 What poem is that from?

RedDeerGuy1's avatar

@Hawaii_Jake Just a William Blake poem about tigers. Tiger tiger is the title of the poem I belive.

janbb's avatar

^^ “Tiger, tiger burning bright
In the forests of the night
What immortal hand or eye
Could shape thy fearful symmetry.”

rebbel's avatar

Loosely translated (from Portuguese to Dutch to English. Forgot and can’t for the life of me find the title, but it’s from a Dutch poet named de Vries who wrote poetry in Portuguese too)

“I’d even wish you dead
As long as I could be your grave
Captured in my arms
You’d always be mine

filmfann's avatar

We are not now that strength which in old days
Moved earth and heaven, that which we are, we are;
One equal temper of heroic hearts,
Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will
To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.

Ulysses by Tennyson

Caravanfan's avatar

One, two! One, two! And through and through
The vorpal blade went snicker-snack!

LostInParadise's avatar

We are the hollow men We are the stuffed men
from TS Eliot

“Beauty is truth, truth beauty,”—that is all
Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know.
from Keats
Not sure if I agree, but it is a nice sentiment, even if the truth can be quite ugly at times.

Love_my_doggie's avatar

My choice seems to be popular here:

When the stars threw down their spears
And watered heaven with their tears

“The Tyger,” by William Blake

zenvelo's avatar

“Kisses are a better fate than wisdom.” – e.e. cummings

gorillapaws's avatar

“A lonely impulse of delight
Drove to this tumult in the clouds;”

From Yeats’ An Irish Airman Foresees His Death

Also “Then she took off the cloth
and was entirely naked…
Naked poetry, always mine,
that I have loved my whole life!”

by Juan Ramón Jiménez.
Full poem is in this question.

Sagacious's avatar

Loving spirits will live forever, we’re all swimming to the other side.

Swimming to the Other Side, Pat Humphries

mazingerz88's avatar

You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I’ll rise.
– M. Angelou

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