I like it when poetry is read aloud. I'm not super particular about format, but I looooove sestinas. I include a lot of those when I write. Two of my favorite poems are:
We Real Cool - Gwendolyn Brooks
We real cool. We
We Lurk late. We
We Sing sin. We
We Jazz June. We
And Ozymandias by Percy Byshe Shelley (I said on a different thread that I didn't like Shelley -- by which I meant his prose)
I met a traveller from an antique land
Who said: `Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. Near them, on the sand,
Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed.
And on the pedestal these words appear --
"My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!"
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.'
I both read it and write it myself, and given that I put it all on my deviantart I do show others, in a way.
I tend to like writers like Edgar Allen Poe or William Blake, but I'm always looking for new poets to read.
Basically, the more melancholy the poem, the more I love it for the most part.
I haven't found many "happy" poems that appeal to me really, and I can't usually write them myself either.
I find I write and read based on my mood, so I suppose that makes sense.
I write poems. There's no set type, but mostly I like to rhyme. When I write things that don't it reads more like disjointed prose than a poem. I don't show many people my work; it's often personal, or at least feels that way.
I've tried my hand in the past at writing poetry, usually free form, however it's just something i've never thought i was good at. I do love to read poetry though! I'm very big on classic books, usually from the victorian age, my favorite story being Alice in Wonderland/Through the Looking Glass which are filled with nonsense poetry. Currently I'm reading the Inferno by dante, which is some of the harder poetry i've read, but i very much enjoy it.
Do you write or read poetry? If so, who are your favorite poets? What style of poems do you write? Do you show others your work?
write and read
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write and read
I like to read poetry when I come across it, but usually do not search it out.
I have written a few dozen poems, mostly when I am in highly emotional states, it helps to calm me down. I am also working on a novel, it is an adventure story, started out like gangbusters but my writing has slowed lately, too many other things taking up my time. Maybe this winter I can get back on it. I appreciate anyone who can write or is gifted musically, it is magical to me.