Time to Rhyme? Poetry – the ultimate chick magnet?
The hot topic around the Sunday buffet was how perfectly seductive it is to hear a man recite a poem.
Consensus was, “Oh, yeah!” Wordsworth said, “Poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings: it takes its origin from a motion we collected in tranquility.” Voltaire called poetry, “Music of the soul”
Whatever You Call It
Whether you recite a poem, a haiku, a sonnet – whether it’s blank verse – or free verse, lyrical or satirical- women swoon over poetry. There’s something irresistible and alluring about having someone recite a poem to you.
Poems are meant to be slow and leisurely, read aloud and read more than once.
Now is the time – to pick up a book of poems, choose a poet – whether it’s Ogden Nash (Candy Is dandy; But liquor Is quicker) or W.H. Auden, or local poet laureate: Kay Ryan or T.S. Eliot Keats, or Billy Collins.
Find a slim volume of poems and revel in the language. Poetic License- 100 Poems 100 Performers- the audio book – is romantic, breath-taking, and astounding. Check your local Indy Bookstore for a copy.
Billy Collins, a highly esteemed favorite among English majors everywhere explains teaching poetry to students in his poem entitled, “Poetry 101”
1. Elizabeth Barrett Browning “How Do I Love thee? Let me count the ways”
2. Robert Burns, scalding red-hot love poem: “My Red, Red, Rose”
3. Emily Dickinson “I Cannot Live with You”
4. Shakespeare’s Sonnet 18 “Shall I Compare You to a Summer’s Day?”
5. Margaret Atwood “Variation on the Word Sleep“
6. Billy Collins “Litany”
7. William Wordsworth “The Daffodils”
8. W.H Auden’s “Funeral Blues”
9. Francis William Bourdillon “The Night has a Thousand Eyes”
10.Henry Wadsworth Longfellow “The Day is Done”
Read them, recite them, revel in poetry.
“Poetry is the shadow cast by out streetlight imaginations.” Lawrence Ferlinghetti