why would you use a poem?

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The people I’ve asked so far have said they have used poetry books as resources to:

  • help make a speech entertaining at a wedding
  • find poignant words to say at a funeral
  • sharing a recognition,   reading a poem to my parents  that reminds me of my brother
  • I was asked to find a scarey poem to read at a Halloween party

What about you?   Yes, YOU!  

  • what poem or verse have you used? (i.e. tell us the poet and poem)
  • what made you start looking for this poem? (e.g. I had to make a speech and I’m not too good at that,   school homework, I needed to cheer myself up… etc)
  • how did you find this poem?  (e.g. browing in a library,   internet search,   recomendation from a friend, parents read it to you as a kiddy,   remembered from school, ex-lover sent it to you…   etc)

Example comment from my usage:

I am looking for a poem to send to my mother that will say something to comfort  her while she arranges the things that are necessary when putting her brother to rest.   I haven’t found anything.   yet.   I’m looking through the books on my shelves.   My own words are shared, they feel insufficient.

please share your stories of seeking and finding (or not) poems as comments on this blog post 🙂  

why would you use a poem?
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3 bits of lovely banter on “why would you use a poem?”

  1. Katy writes:

    winnie the pooh books, for everything. You can’t go wrong with the Pooh bear

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  2. Andy writes:

    Why write poetry? It was said best in “Dead Poets Society”:

    “Language was invented for one reason, boys–to woo women–and, in that endeavor, laziness will not do.”

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  3. Rob writes:

    Who? Me? OK then.

    Each time I thought I’d meet an occasion with a poem I ended up regretting it. It never was like those movie moments when the poetic interjections were succinct and way cool. What comes to mind is Auden’s “Stop all the clocks” in 4 Weddings or, oh, Auden again, “Years shall run like rabbits” in Before Sunrise. Mine were inevitably embarrassing and prone to misinterpretation–probably because I hadn’t fully understood them in the first place.

    I once copied a bit of Rimbaud from A Season in Hell in a Christmas card I was making, back in the day when one read Rimbaud and made Christmas cards:

    From the same desert, toward the same dark sky, my tired eyes forever open on the silver star, forever; but the three wise men never stir, the Kings of life, the heart, the soul, the mind. When will we go, over mountains and shores, to hail the birth of new labour, new wisdom, the flight of tyrants and demons, the end of superstition, – to be the first to adore! – Christmas on earth!

    Probably the most un-christmasy card ever. Why did I choose it? Had a copy of the book in the office for some reasons and it was near enough for a quotation.

    When I met my friend K some years ago she had just had a particularly nasty break up with her boyfriend. I sent her an email of Pablo Neruda’s “Tonight I can write the saddest lines”, prompted by an article on the man in The Guardian that day. She sent back straight away Neruda’s Love (Because of you, in gardens…) which is always an even more heartbreaking read (sorry…lump in throat moment).

    I find Neruda’s 20 Love Poems and a Song of Despair handy for a bout of self pity during those long dark nights before dawn, every time unfortunate enough to be stung by Eros. Every home should have one. Thanks to the Spanish girl I fancied the pants off one summer for introducing me to Neruda.

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