Urgent - I need a verse from your favourite poem please!

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I've go to get some work in on Tuesday & it involves looking at lots of poems and picking them to bits looking at rhyming patterns, seeing why the author has chosen particular words etc.

I've used up all my favourites, Old Possums' Cats, Beowulf, Poe, Kipling etc etc and run out of ideas, decided I needed something modern, but all I can find is blank verse & it's all miserable.

Can you help? I need a verse & authors name.

TIA

ScrambledSmegs Tue 29-Jan-13 14:40:41

Philip Larkin again - Annus Mirabilis

Sexual intercourse began
In nineteen sixty-three
(which was rather late for me) -
Between the end of the "Chatterley" ban
And the Beatles' first LP.

Up to then there'd only been
A sort of bargaining,
A wrangle for the ring,
A shame that started at sixteen
And spread to everything.

Then all at once the quarrel sank:
Everyone felt the same,
And every life became
A brilliant breaking of the bank,
A quite unlosable game.

So life was never better than
In nineteen sixty-three
(Though just too late for me) -
Between the end of the "Chatterley" ban
And the Beatles' first LP.

ScrambledSmegs Tue 29-Jan-13 14:42:38

How about Auden - The Night Mail? Lovely first stanza.

OK, Ladies. I've used lots of fab poems from here and have finished the current work - thank you, you've inspired me and also saved my sanity!

AphraBehn Tue 29-Jan-13 18:39:31

Brilliant Miranda. There is loads of stuff I shall be looking up as well.

Me too. I'd never come across 'High Flight' before but it brings tears to my eyes. I'm going to spread the word.

insanityscratching Mon 18-Feb-13 20:44:05

The Going

Why did you give no hint that night
That quickly after the morrow's dawn,
And calmly, as if indifferent quite,
You would close your term here, up and be gone
Where I could not follow
With wing of swallow
To gain one glimpse of you ever anon!

Thomas Hardy one of my favourites.

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