Poems Inspired by Keats for National Poetry Month

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Poems Inspired by Keats for National Poetry Month

Postby Malia » Thu Apr 20, 2006 6:58 pm

All,
Please post your Keats-inspired poems for national poetry month here in this thread. Thanks!
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Postby dks » Thu Apr 20, 2006 7:58 pm

Alright then...I have two to submit. The second one was posted somewhere else on here a couple of days ago--but here it is again.

Submission

Here is my song,
My verse,
My ditty,
My creed worn out
By blown hope, age, second-hand pity
And books still dotted with prices
From the university.

So I’ll continue to wait
And maybe write to the ‘Muses nine’
To tell them all about the amusing time
I’ve had waiting and waiting and waiting.

In the meanwhile, here.
Here is another pretty piece of vague-ism.

Take this artless mincing of divers words
As I toss them out
Onto the wide, slick shores of a world
Where even ancient lizards turn into birds.



Irritable Reaching


I sit here frozen,
Arrested by your joyful Mystery-
While the cat mews another litany,
A sweet tooth loosens in a careless smile,
The man of the house retreats to the playroom,
And the luster is gone from the Italian tile
In the noisy kitchen.

Still, I sit here completely rented;
I’ve let them suffer, starve, wither and cry.
Yet, again I will note every kiss, giggle, tear
and lamentation—
And study every bud, thirsty bee and haunting fly,
Until, on the green horizon,
That yellow-warm level fire burns-
Like a temperature rising.
"I am certain of nothing but the holiness of the heart's affections and the Truth of Imagination."
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Postby Credo Buffa » Fri Apr 21, 2006 12:52 am

dks wrote:In the meanwhile, here.
Here is another pretty piece of vague-ism.


That.

Is.

BRILLIANT!!!!!
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Postby dks » Fri Apr 21, 2006 2:33 am

Credo Buffa wrote:
dks wrote:In the meanwhile, here.
Here is another pretty piece of vague-ism.


That.

Is.

BRILLIANT!!!!!



:oops: :oops:

You flatter me. You're too kind. I seized it when it came to me...I'm forever pissed at Wordsworth for doing that to Keats.
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Postby Fortuna » Fri Apr 21, 2006 8:45 am

They are both lovely Denise :).

I was wondering if you follow any structure for your poems? I was working on mine and I realised I just write whatever 'sounds good' at the time and it's very amateur!
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To take into the air my quiet breath"
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Postby dks » Fri Apr 21, 2006 2:20 pm

Fortuna wrote:They are both lovely Denise :).

I was wondering if you follow any structure for your poems? I was working on mine and I realised I just write whatever 'sounds good' at the time and it's very amateur!


Oh, buh, Fortuna. I'm sure what you write is not amateur...

I'm partial to a nuance of rhythm and I tend to favor internal rhyme...
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Postby Discovery » Tue Apr 25, 2006 1:11 am

Hello all, I am doing an essay at the moment on Hellenistic sculpture and did this (which should never see the light of any of your screens really) whilst getting angry about formal assesment! It's related to Keats in a roundabout way.

What is distinctly Hellenistic about Hellenistic sculpture?

Is Hellenistic sculpture,
A worthy addition to western culture?
Should we admire and revere the Pergamine tiers,
Where Gods and Giants and worthy Telephus too
Pay homage to the Kings and princes whom from Alexander grew?
Should we appreciate the vigour of form
Or mock and sneer at a style so freer
Than the glorious Classical austere?
I suppose the crux is this;
Would the great Hellenistic pieces make a young man stop and say
‘I’m going to write a poem about that today’.

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Postby redan » Tue Apr 25, 2006 3:39 am

SIX FLINTS FOR ZIPPO LIGHTER (k.1704)



Early commentators were just that, early.
The wagons hadn't arrived, the merchants
hadn't set up their wares. There was
nothing to see, nothing to do. Yet they
were not to be deterred. They called it
sublime, they called it classic,
they called it puppy love; they climbed
onto the bus and went somewhere else
for breakfast. Little did they know,
do they know, shall they know.

Truth is the strangler of fiction,
snarled the Goddess Supra as she licked the postage stamp.
Not a goddess one sees much of, she is almost
always somewhere else. Yet she is often
quoted as an Authority, Supra.

Ancient Greece invented Modern Homosexuality.
Hell, that's the good news.
Ancient Greece invented Modern Warfare.

Time is not money.
Violence is money. Violence, or love.

Welcome to Cafe Lambaste, tonight's selection is most
intriguing.


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Postby dks » Tue Apr 25, 2006 3:57 am

Nathaniel, great verse. LOVE the volta in the last two lines--I love your allusion/satire/pathos combo...very ratiocinative--good show! :wink:
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Postby dks » Tue Apr 25, 2006 3:59 am

Redan, I feel "struck dumb" by your poem. I failed to account with remembrance your allusions--they are very ecclectic and subtle. Love that 3rd stanza and its impact. Awesome.
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Postby Credo Buffa » Tue Apr 25, 2006 5:14 am

That's a fun poem, Nathaniel! Nothing like good ol' academic frustration :lol: I particularly like how you work in the rhyme scheme in a very sophisticated, unobtrusive way.

And I love the tone of yours, Redan! It reads very off-hand (I imagine a bored intellectual at an outdoor cafe puffing at random on a cigarette and explaining this to someone sitting across the table, never looking at him/her but rather at some point in the distance), but like dks said, very deftly composed ideas. :D
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Postby redan » Tue Apr 25, 2006 11:50 pm

Thank you, Credo & dks. I'm new here, and am not sure if it is proper etiquette to respond. But Credo, you pretty much nailed my idea of the speaker in the piece, except: he is never bored!

Let us have the old poets, and Robin Hood!

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Postby Saturn » Tue Apr 25, 2006 11:54 pm

redan wrote: I'm new here, and am not sure if it is proper etiquette to respond.


Respond at will my friend to all, anything and everything - welcome to the board :D
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Postby Credo Buffa » Wed Apr 26, 2006 12:31 am

Yes, welcome redan! :D

So exciting. . . several new people today!
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Postby dks » Wed Apr 26, 2006 4:07 am

Welcome all! :wink:
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