A Poem for a Thursday


I don't read much poetry and I am not sure why. It might be pure laziness since poetry is frequently not as straight-forward as a novel and I like my words clear and incisive. However, I also like my words beautiful and lyrical and poems fit the bill there.  In a bid to read more poetry I am going to start posting a poem I like every Thursday. That is all it is going to be--a poem I like that caught my eye or my ear. I am not going to tear it apart and analyze it to death though I might occasionally have some random thoughts about it. If you have random thoughts as well then I would love to hear them in the comments. I also would love poetry recommendations. Do you have a favorite poem? A favorite poet? Tell me what I have been missing.

I have always thought of Robert Frost as a New England poet but I was fascinated to find out that, while he lived for many years in Massachusetts, his poetry was first published while he was living in England. Frost won the Pulitzer Prize four times, was made the poet laureate of Vermont in 1961, and was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature an amazing 31 times. I doubt there is a high school student in the U.S. who has not read and analyzed his "The Road Not Taken".  I wasn't familiar (what a surprise) with this poem but I stumbled across it while looking for quotes about autumn.

A tree's leaves may be ever so good,
So may its bar, so may its wood;
But unless you put the right thing to its root
It never will show much flower or fruit.

But I may be one who does not care
Ever to have tree bloom or bear.
Leaves for smooth and bark for rough,
Leaves and bark may be tree enough.

Some giant trees have bloom so small
They might as well have none at all.
Late in life I have come on fern.
Now lichens are due to have their turn.

I bade men tell me which in brief,
Which is fairer, flower or leaf.
They did not have the wit to say,
Leaves by night and flowers by day.

Leaves and bar, leaves and bark,
To lean against and hear in the dark.
Petals I may have once pursued.
Leaves are all my darker mood.

Leaves Compared With Flowers
Robert Frost

I wrote this whole post and then realized that, as with many things, this is not an original thought. The blog Girl With Her Head in a Book also posts a weekly poem. Go, read! Have a double-dose of weekly poetry.

10 comments

  1. What a lovely idea. Another blogger is challenging herself to memorise a poem a month & I also published a poem yesterday (before spotting this).
    But my fav autumnal poem is Keats Ode to autumn 🍂

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    1. I like that poem you posted. I am always in awe at the amount of memorization people used to do. It must have been so nice to have all those lovely words in your head for when you needed them.

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  2. I don't read much poetry either, for some of the same reasons, and I think because we didn't have poetry in the house growing up. I became a mystery addict I think in part because that's mostly what was on the shelves at home. Thanks for sharing this one!

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    1. Well, I have spent years as a mystery addict as well. I suppose it won't hurt me to expand my horizons just a bit! I thought that if I commit to posting a poem then I will have to read some poems. I know I probably will forget or give up if I don't make myself accountable. Of course, I might quit anyway but I live in hope.

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  3. Try Billy Collins. “Another reason I don’t keep a gun in the house” and” To my favorite high school girl”. For reasons that will be obvious when you read them. I think I got the second name right. Billy Collins writes free verse and was a Poet Laureate. He is modern.

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    1. I've read a few of his poems before and now I have found a few more I like. I might use him one of these weeks.

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  4. I also rarely read poetry but I think this is a good idea and look forward to the poems. Robert Burns is often difficult to understand - even for Scots, but I like his humanist and philosophical sentiments. Otherwise it's just the WW1 poets such as Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen that I 'did' at school, as well as the Romantic poets.

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    1. I don't think I am familiar with Wilfred Owen but I shall check him out. Maybe part of the reason I don't read poetry is because, really, it is better if it is read aloud. I shall go around my house declaiming poetry and my family will think I am crazy!

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  5. Hello Jennifer, here I am for the return visit! Like you, I am not much of a poetry reader, but I do appreciate words well put together, so maybe I should try a little harder.

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    1. That is how I feel. I appreciate beautiful language so I feel as if I should appreciate poetry more. Maybe a bit of effort will pay off. Thanks for stopping by.

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