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Any poets whose works you'll recommend reading?

Asked by OliverYoung (382points) April 29th, 2010

I recently read a lot of the danish poet Dan Turèll, and was wondering if anyone can recommend something along the lines of that, or any other kind of poetry, which you find good. Thanks.

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gailcalled's avatar

Where to start? Describe Turèll’s style and genre; there are hundreds of wonderful poets who write in English. @Janbb will tell you some of them.

janbb's avatar

Mary Oliver
May Sexton
Dylan Thomas
Robert Frost
Edna St. Vincent Millay
Walt Whitman
Emily Dickinson
James Wright
Philip Larkin
W.H. Auden

I don’t know the poet you mention, but if you can’t find someone you like from the list above, I’d be surprised.

gailcalled's avatar

Shakespear’s Sonnets
William Butler Yeats
Wendell Berry
Adrienne Rich
Charles Bukowski
Donald Hall
Jane Kenyon
Richard Wilbur
Billy Collins
Siegfried Sassoon
Wilfred Owens
A. E. Housman
Matthew Arnold
Gerard Manley Hopkins

emergence's avatar

My favorites:

Charles Bukowski
Leonard Cohen
Sherman Alexie
Charles Baudalaire
Sylvia Plath
Rainier Maria Rilke

Pablo Neruda -he blows my mind.

Grrrrr… I know there’s more I love but that’s off the top of my head!

CMaz's avatar

E. E. Cummings
Elizabeth Barrett Browning

netgrrl's avatar

Those are all great. I like Billy Collins too – he was poet laureate a few years back.

Nimis's avatar

Not familiar with Turell.
Though I really enjoy Czeslaw Milosz, Federico Garcia Lorca (as well as Bukowski, Baudelaire, Rilke and Neruda that have already been mentioned.)

Hawaii_Jake's avatar

Edna St. Vincent Millay

Trillian's avatar

Lord Byron, William Blake, Tennyson, Alexander Pope, Rudyard Kipling, Samuel T. Coleridge

gailcalled's avatar

And Elizabeth’s husband, Robert Browning.

ANef_is_Enuf's avatar

e.e. cummings & dylan thomas are my personal favorites.

Plone3000's avatar

These are all very good sugestions, but Im suprised no one has mentioned Edgar Allan Poe!

You can also find very good poetry in the lyrics of alternative/inde bands, take Imogen Heap or The Postal service for example.

Draconess25's avatar

@Plone3000 Well, Poe is pretty self-explanatory.

Plone3000's avatar

@Draconess25 if you are inplying that my information is useless, then speek for your self. I do not see any input from you.

Draconess25's avatar

@Plone3000 I wasn’t saying it was useless! I was just saying that anyone who hasn’t heard of him is a complete dunderhead.

You could’ve just saved someone from being a dunderhead!

Actually, I was thinking of mentioning Poe, but then I realized what I pointed out above.

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Draconess25's avatar

@Plone3000 I was thinking of mentioning myself, but I hardly have any poetry online!

Trillian's avatar

“For the moon never beams without bringing me dreams
Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;
And the stars never rise but I feel the bright eyes
Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;
And so, all the night-tide, I lie down by the side
Of my darling- my darling- my life and my bride,
In the sepulchre there by the sea,
In her tomb by the sounding sea”

Ok? Poe had a few issues, but here is his last and best. Or the last stanza anyway.

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Provlear's avatar

No idea how she compares to Dan Turèll, but I’ve always been a fan of Barbara Kingsolver. (And I’m a guy who doesn’t care much about of poetry).

OliverYoung's avatar

Well .. Dan Turèll is a danish poet, which would explain why none of you know him. He’s absolutely brilliant though, and well, I can only recommend reading some of his works.
Lot’s of thanks for all the suggestions though, I have a lot of reading to do now!

@Draconess25 I’m from Denmark, so I’m, it seems, a complete dunderhead, since I don’t know Poe.

but thanks again everyone!

Draconess25's avatar

@OliverYoung Ah, I see. Well, since you’re Danish, you are automatically NOT a dunderhead!

gailcalled's avatar

@OliverYoung: I finally had the good sense to read a bio of Turèll. We have been giving you names of the wrong poets.


“Turèll was unruly, modern, and experimental when it came to both contents and form. He might probably himself have claimed to let the form at all times be a consequence of an interaction between theme and subject, which inevitably would lead to a flood of crossing genres;...

There is often a touch of autobiography, or perhaps rather self-orchestration, to his works. He was very conscious of his own image. Many will remember him for his black nail polish. ..His major breakthrough was the autobiographical novel….English: Images of Vangede….from 1975. He shares subjects with the American Beat poets (mainly Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac & William S. Burroughs): jazz, metropolis, drugs, and zen. He has an eye for the aesthetic dimensions of decline and degeneration, which he cultivates… in his series of crime novels. Other recurring topics include Copenhagen, Malta, the teachings of Donald Duck, icons of American culture and the Americanization, which the U.S.A. for better, for worse had on Denmark.”

He apparently died at the age or 47 from esophageal cancer. He was a smoker, I am guessing.

TrkReznor's avatar

In my mind the greatest poet in the is James Douglas Morrison (1943–1971). He was in the 60’s band, The Doors. However, I did not see him as a musician, he was a poet. Each of his songs can read like a poem. Plus, he has published many poetry books.

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