Firing Off Random Lines

I love memorizing poetry and I love reciting it at random (or maybe not-so-random) times or where it seems to fit in the conversation. I love having the lines bouncing around in my head and the effort it takes to really get a goodly-sized poem, like Algernon C. Swinburne's The Garden of Proserpine, in my head. What about you all?
TheLeakyPen TheLeakyPen
18-21
1 Response Jul 24, 2007

I used to know pages and pages of Whitman by heart. And Dickinson as well. The latter is easier to memorize once you learn the awful secret of her poetic metrics.<br />
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(If you ever want to really annoy a Dickinson fan, sing one of her poems - virtually any of them - to the tune "Yellow Rose of Texas".)<br />
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Much of those poems have been lost to me. I'd probably refresh them pretty quickly, but just about the only poems, or poetic writings, I know at the moment are the 23rd Psalm, the Heart Sutra in 25 lines, and Jabberwocky.<br />
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Which is, upon reflection, quite a useful, and revealing, selection for me.<br />
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Now, some might challenge the poetic nature of these, but I will defend them as such. They are not prose, for certain, nor are they logical argument. Not fiction or non-fiction. They are words with power and worlds in themselves.<br />
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And that is poetry.<br />
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