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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
Philip Larkin again - Annus MirabilisSexual intercourse beganIn nineteen sixty-three(which was rather late for me) -Between the end of the "Chatterley" banAnd the Beatles' first LP.Up to then there'd only beenA sort of bargaining,A wrangle for the ring,A shame that started at sixteenAnd spread to everything.Then all at once the quarrel sank:Everyone felt the same,And every life becameA brilliant breaking of the bank,A quite unlosable game.So life was never better thanIn nineteen sixty-three(Though just too late for me) -Between the end of the "Chatterley" banAnd the Beatles' first LP.
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!
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.
The GoingWhy did you give no hint that nightThat quickly after the morrow's dawn,And calmly, as if indifferent quite,You would close your term here, up and be goneWhere I could not followWith wing of swallowTo gain one glimpse of you ever anon!Thomas Hardy one of my favourites.
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