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Re: Favourite works

PostPosted: Fri Mar 25, 2011 4:41 pm
by Ennis
Everything! Whatever I am reading at the time, but if I had to pick an all-time favourite, I would choose "Ode To a Nightingale." I believe it to be the most beautiful piece of literature written in any language, at any time -- ever!!

Re: Favourite works

PostPosted: Fri Mar 25, 2011 7:53 pm
by Saturn
I still keep returning to the Ode To Autumn.

There is not one line that seems false, or overdone. The images it conjures up are full of the winding up of Summer's lease and the preparation for Winter's bane.
The Autumn, harvesting, feels like one of Homer's Goddesses, aloof, but treading amongst us, weaving her spell.

Re: Favourite works

PostPosted: Thu Mar 31, 2011 12:56 am
by Raphael
It is totally perfect. :D

Re: Favourite works

PostPosted: Thu Mar 31, 2011 3:09 am
by Cybele
Yup, Saturn and Raphael, I totally agree.
On more than one occasion I've called "To Autumn" the most perfect poem in our language. I love the personification of Autumn, I love the very sound of the words as they move through your mouth, and I especially love the last line , "And gathering swallows twitter in the skies." This simple line, IMO, sums up the poem, speaking of fulfillment, ripeness and something whole and profound.

Re: Favourite works

PostPosted: Thu Mar 31, 2011 1:27 pm
by Raphael
I think a few poetry critics have also called this poem the most perfect too!

Re: Favourite works

PostPosted: Thu Mar 31, 2011 4:31 pm
by Ennis
"I cannot see what flowers are at my feet,
Nor what soft incense hangs upon the boughs,
But, in embalmed darkness, guess each sweet
Wherewith the seasonable month endows
The grass, the thicket, and the fruit tree wild;
White hawthorne, and the pastoral eglantine;
Fast fading violets covered up in leaves;
And mid-May's eldest child,
The coming musk rose, full of dewy wine,
The murmurous haunt of flies on summer eves."

Enough said . . .!

Re: Favourite works

PostPosted: Thu Mar 31, 2011 11:19 pm
by Raphael
Perfection.

Re: Favourite works

PostPosted: Fri Apr 29, 2011 11:39 am
by keithwq
For me, the favourite poem is "Ode to a Nightingale".

Re: Favourite works

PostPosted: Sun May 01, 2011 2:56 am
by BrokenLyre
Ennis, I fully agree with you (at least on the particular point of my favorite poem): Ode to a Nightingale. The sheer range of emotion and ideas, the visceral sense it evokes and the flow of its words, the depth and range of its confessional reflections always amazes me to no end. I feel this poem in a way that nothing compares to it.

But having said that, I also think that To Autumn is as perfect a poem as one could find, in any language. It carries the reader along with a beautiful serenity all the while hiding its intricacies. As a piece of artwork, I see no equal. But Nightingale hits me more viscerally. So I like them both for different reasons. That's why I suggest memorizing both.

Re: Favourite works

PostPosted: Thu Sep 19, 2013 4:06 pm
by CasaMagni
BrokenLyre wrote: I also think that To Autumn is as perfect a poem as one could find, in any language.


Composed on this day 194 years ago, to be followed by Shelley's 'West Wind' in October; two of the finest lyrics in the language created within five weeks, now that's special.

Re: Favourite works

PostPosted: Mon Sep 23, 2013 4:01 am
by BrokenLyre
A very good point you make. A special 5 weeks, indeed.