As part of the Poetry Celebration at The Edge of the Precipice during April, Hamlette has posted some questions which I\’ve answered below.
What are some poems you like?
I\’ve loved poetry for as long as I can remember so I\’m culling a lot here…
The Hound of Heaven by Francis Thompson (1859-1907)
\”Ah, fondest, blindest, weakest,
I am He Whom thou seekest!
Thou dravest love from thee, who dravest Me.\”
The Fool\’s Prayer by Edward Rowland Sill (1841-1887)
\”The ill-timed truth we might have kept –
Who knows how sharp it pierced and stung!
The word we had not sense to say –
Who knows how grandly it had rung!\”
When You are Old by William Butler Yeats (1865-1939)
Ozymandias by Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822)
The Pulley by George Herbert (1593-1633)
Scots Wha Hae by Robert Burns (1759–1796) Because I\’m a Scot…
What are some poems you dislike?
Nothing really stands out. There are lots I don\’t care for but there are so many good poems anyhow I don\’t think too much about those I don\’t fancy.
Are there any poets whose work you especially enjoy? If so, who are they?
William Butler Yeats
I like the humourous poetry of Hillaire Belloc, Arthur Guiterman, Edward Lear, and this piece by Australian poet, Thomas E. Spencer, How McDougal topped the score
Do you write poetry?
Yes, I do but I haven\’t written much in recent years. Most of my poetry has been reflective & personal but I\’ve written a number of songs – poetry set to music.
Have you ever memorized a poem?
I\’ve memorised poems I\’ve read to my children, because I read them over & over for years and I know snippets of longer poems. Poems set to music have definitely helped me enjoy and memorise poetry and these days it seems to be the only way I really memorise well.
Do you prefer poetry that rhymes and had a strict meter, or free verse? Or do you like both?
I probably prefer poems that rhyme as long as it\’s not forced but they don\’t have to have a strict meter.
Do you have any particular poetry movements you\’re fond of? (Beat poets, Romanticism, Fireside poets, etc?)(If you haven\’t got any idea what I\’m talking about, that\’s fine! You can check out this list for more info, if you want to.)
I\’m not familiar enough with all these terms to answer this question properly but I\’m not fond of poems that are too flowery and have an overabundance of references and allusions to matters I have no idea about. I like to be able to make a connection in some way with what I\’m reading. I enjoy reading ballad poems aloud to the kids – some favourites have been:
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