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    State Vice-Captain yaju's Avatar
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    Who do you think was the best english poet ever?

    Has got to be Robert Frost in my opinion.

    He wasn't one of those poets who would go on talking about their expected love or lost love in all of his poems. His compositions threw a deep reflection on the human nature and were motivating in a highly captivating way.

    The Road Not Taken and Stopping By Woods were classic. Also was the one in which his neighbour insists to build a wall.

    William Wordsworth and Odgen Nash also good but I feel Frost was better.

    Am interested in Eddie Uncle's reply. His reply might turn out to be that of a bum who used to write poems on Beer, Beer, and more Beer, thus referencing himself indirectly.

    "The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
    But I have promises to keep;
    And miles to go before I sleep,
    And miles to go before I sleep;".

    -->Stopping By Woods.

    Anyways, if you come across a gem of a poem, post it here. Lines from songs please post in Cleaverest Lyrics thread.
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    Frost isn't bad, but he's American. I love "Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening" though.

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    Call me old-fashioned, but I'm a Shakespeare man myself. You can treat a huge amount of his plays as pretty much poetry to be honest, so this is my favourite piece:

    KING HENRY V: Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more,
    Or close the wall up with our English dead!
    In peace there's nothing so becomes a man
    As modest stillness and humility,
    But when the blast of war blows in our ears,
    Then imitate the action of the tiger:
    Stiffen the sinews, summon up the blood,
    Disguise fair nature with hard-favored rage;
    Then lend the eye a terrible aspect:
    Let it pry through the portage of the head
    Like the brass cannon; let the brow o'erwhelm it
    As fearfully as doth a gallèd rock
    O'erhang and jutty his confounded base,
    Swilled with the wild and wasteful ocean.
    Now set the teeth and stretch the nostril wide,
    Hold hard the breath and bend up every spirit
    To his full height! On, on, you noble English,
    Whose blood is fet from fathers of war-proof,
    Fathers that like so many Alexanders
    Have in these parts from morn till even fought
    And sheathed their swords for lack of argument.
    Dishonor not your mothers; now attest
    That those whom you called fathers did beget you!
    Be copy now to men of grosser blood
    And teach them how to war! And you, good yeomen,
    Whose limbs were made in England, show us here
    The mettle of your pasture. Let us swear
    That you are worth your breeding; which I doubt not,
    For there is none of you so mean and base
    That hath not noble lustre in your eyes.
    I see you stand like greyhounds in the slips,
    Straining upon the start. The game's afoot!
    Follow your spirit; and upon this charge
    Cry 'God for Harry! England and Saint George!'
    On that note - carn England!

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    Not Christina Rossetti. I had to write a fairly massive essay on her, was a little bored by the end of it to say the least.

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    Rabbie Burns

    Is there for honest Poverty
    That hings his head, and a' that;
    The coward-slave, we pass him by,
    We dare be poor for a 'that!
    For a ' that and a' that,
    Our toils obscure, and a 'that,
    The rank is but the guinea's stamp,
    The Man's the gowd for a 'that.

    What though on hamely fare we dine,
    Wear hoddin grey, an a' that,
    Gie fools their siks, and knaves their wine,
    A Man's a Man for a ' that,
    For a' that, and a' that,
    Their tinsel show, and a' that;
    The honest man, though e'er sae poor,
    Is king o' men for a' that.

    Ye see yon birkie ca'd, a lord,
    Wha struts, and stares, and a' that,
    Though hundreds worship at his word,
    He's but a coof for a' that.
    For a' that, and a' that,
    His ribband, star and a' that,
    The man of independent mind,
    He looks and laughs at a' that.

    A prince can mak a belted knight,
    A marquis, duke, and a' that;
    But an honest man's aboon his might,
    Gude faith he mauna fa' that!
    For a' that, and a' that,
    Their dignities and a' that,
    The pith o' Sense, and pride O' Worth,
    Are higher rank than a' that.

    Then let us pray that come it may,
    As come it will for a' that,
    That Sense and Worth, o'er a' the earth
    Shall bear the gree, and a' that.
    For a' that, and a' that,
    It's comin yet for a' that
    That Man to Man the warld o'er,
    Shall brothers be for a' that.

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    the title is best english sean.

    Wordsworth for mine

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    Quote Originally Posted by superkingdave
    the title is best english sean.
    Burns transcends nationality.

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    Elm, he do brood. And Oak, he do hate. But the Willow-man goes walking, If you stays out late.
    wordsworth or coleridge

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    Larkin for mine. Even if he was a bit of a racist old turd in later life. I find it curiously satisfying to know that the frankly dull as ditchwater Ted Hughes only became laureate because old Phil told the palace to shove it.

    Maybe stretching a point to call him "English", as he was American born, but he did become a British subject later in life, so TS Eliot is worthy of a mention too.
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    Depends what you mean by "best". My personal favourite would probably be Thomas Hardy, and I also rather like Keats and Auden. Also like Dylan Thomas, but I believe he's Welsh.
    It's cold on the outside they say
    But the cold leaves you clear while the heat leaves a haze

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    Elm, he do brood. And Oak, he do hate. But the Willow-man goes walking, If you stays out late.
    the rime of the ancient mariner is an excellent poem, but as brumby mention eliot it would be worth recalling the wasteland, as that is also a great work of literary art.

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    Frost = American but nevermind.

    Stopping by Woods on a Snowy evening and the Road Not Taken are his only good poems IMO.

    Has to be Shakespeare surely, they're good enough to still be around and read 400 years later.
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    Wilfred Owen. ANd if we're talking UK poets (not strictly British), William Yeates.

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    Either Auden or Tolkien.

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    Must say poetry to me was one of those things I had to do, so therefore it never really interested me at all. So no I don't have a favourite poet.
    Beware the lollipop of mediocrity. Lick once and you suck forever...

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