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post #1 of 14
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I need to find a poem (about 100-200 words) for my speech class..

... suggestions?
post #2 of 14
This is my favorite poem by May Sarton

Autumn Sonnet

If I can let you go as trees let go
Their leaves, so casually, one by one;
If I can come to know what they do know,
That fall is the release, the consummation,
Then fear of time and the uncertain fruit
Would not distemper the great lucid skies
This strangest autumn, mellow and acute.
If I can take the dark with open eyes
And call it seasonal, not harsh or strange
(For love itself may need a time of sleep),
And, treelike, stand unmoved before the change,
Lose what I lose to keep what I can keep,
The strong root still alive under the snow,
Love will endure - if I can let you go.
post #3 of 14
I'm a HUGE fan of Quan Barry--she's on the faculty at UW-Madison.
post #4 of 14
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by LinzMommy2Be View Post
This is my favorite poem by May Sarton

Autumn Sonnet

If I can let you go as trees let go
Their leaves, so casually, one by one;
If I can come to know what they do know,
That fall is the release, the consummation,
Then fear of time and the uncertain fruit
Would not distemper the great lucid skies
This strangest autumn, mellow and acute.
If I can take the dark with open eyes
And call it seasonal, not harsh or strange
(For love itself may need a time of sleep),
And, treelike, stand unmoved before the change,
Lose what I lose to keep what I can keep,
The strong root still alive under the snow,
Love will endure - if I can let you go.
This one is very lovely! I may use it, thanks!
post #5 of 14
Glad I could help
post #6 of 14
Two of my all time favorite poems are by Adrienne Rich: "Living in Sin" and "Gabriel"

I'd post them here but I don't know what the copyright rules are. You can look them up easily online, though.

Good luck! =)
post #7 of 14
I love so many -- Mary Oliver, James Wright, Wallace Stevens, Sylvia Plath ...

Here's one of my favorites to recite aloud -- the sound is so beautiful:


Wild Swans



I looked in my heart while the wild swans went over.

And what did I see I had not seen before?

Only a question less or a question more;

Nothing to match the flight of wild birds flying.

Tiresome heart, forever living and dying,

House without air, I leave you and lock your door.

Wild swans, come over the town, come over

The town again, trailing your legs and crying!



Edna St. Vincent Millay
post #8 of 14
If you're looking for something more ... dramatic ... go for "Howl" by Allen Ginsburg.





(Some interesting analysis of it to listen to while you surf MDC. )
post #9 of 14
This is one of my favorites. I always think of it this time of year (public domain, to satisfy the copyright gods)
Quote:
'Spring and Fall, to a Young Child'

Margaret, are you grieving
Over Goldengrove unleaving?
Leaves, like the things of man, you
With your fresh thoughts care for, can you?
Ah! as the heart grows older
It will come to such sights colder
By and by, nor spare a sigh
Though worlds of wanwood leafmeal lie;
And yet you will weep and know why.
Now no matter, child, the name:
Sorrow's springs are the same.
Nor mouth had, no nor mind, expressed
What heart heard of, ghost guessed:
It is the blight man was born for,
It is Margaret you mourn for.

-- Gerard Manley Hopkins
post #10 of 14
Oops. Just reread the OP and the "100 to 200 words" part penetrated my thick skull.

"Howl" wouldn't make the cut.
post #11 of 14
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Oops. Just reread the OP and the "100 to 200 words" part penetrated my thick skull.

"Howl" wouldn't make the cut.
No.. it wouldn't.. but I personally like the poem anyway
post #12 of 14
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Originally Posted by merpk View Post
If you're looking for something more ... dramatic ... go for "Howl" by Allen Ginsburg.




I also like Blake and e e cummings

Can you get a copy of Break, Blow Burn by Camille Paglia? It's a collection of her favourite poems.
Highly recommend it!
post #13 of 14
Mary Oliver is my absolute fave but also "the mother" by Gwendolyn Brooks, SO powerful and raw and true IMO (warning: it's about abortions--not either 'side' of the argument, just a very vivid and true exploration)

also Alice Walker
post #14 of 14
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Mary Oliver is my absolute fave
I also love Mary Oliver
One of my favorite M.O poems is:

Sleeping in the Forest



I thought the earth remembered me,

she took me back so tenderly,

arranging her dark skirts, her pockets

full of lichens and seeds.

I slept as never before, a stone on the river bed,

nothing between me and the white fire of the stars

but my thoughts, and they floated light as moths

among the branches of the perfect trees.

All night I heard the small kingdoms

breathing around me, the insects,

and the birds who do their work in the darkness.

All night I rose and fell, as if in water,

grappling with a luminous doom. By morning

I had vanished at least a dozen times

into something better.



from Sleeping In The Forest by Mary Oliver

© Mary Oliver
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