Saturday, October 6, 2007

Assignment: Who's Your Favorite Poet?

Do you have a favorite poet, perhaps one remembered from long-ago school days? Why is or was he/she your favorite? If you belong to that fairly exclusive group of poetry lovers--or poets--what do you like about poetry in general and your favorite poet in particular?

For what I wrote about my own favorite, go to today's post on my other blog, "Never too Late!" at (or click on the link in the sidebar here).

If you write short poems yourself, feel free to share them here.


Computer Clarity © 2004 said...

Ever since the movie "Four Weddings and a Funeral," my favorite poet is W.H. Auden. His work is simple and beautifully written.

But, my current favorite poem is "Monet refuses the operation." Have any of you heard of it? The author is Lisel Mueller.

It's a short poem about Monet needing a cataract operation. It begins:

"Doctor, you say there are no halos around the streetlights in Paris
and what I see is an aberration
caused by old age, an affliction.
I tell you it has taken me all my life
to arrive at the vision of gas lamps as angels..."

Breathtaking - as you can see.

Helen Gallagher

seniorwriter said...

I, too, like Auden. And while I'm not really famlliar with that particular poem of Lisel Mueller's, I am aware of her. I heard her read some of her works years and years ago at a City Colleges of Chicago conference while I was still teaching. I was impressed then, too. I'll have to read more.

Here I'm turning 75 on Firday, and I have a long string of projects lined up! I keep telling my fellow seniors that keeping busy is important, and I'm certainly practicing what I preach!