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    Default Greatest lines of poetry.

    What are some of the most memorable and meaningful to you?

    The first that comes to my mind is the anthemic line by Dylan Thomas:

    "Rage, rage against the dying of the light."

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    From one of Shakespeare's sonnets (by memory):

    If I could write the beauty of your eyes,
    and in fresh number, number all your graces,
    The age to come would say: This poet lies,
    such heavingly touches ne'er touched earthly faces.

    The full sonnet:
    http://www.shakespeares-sonnets.com/xviicomm.htm
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    eeney meeney miney moe

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    Star light, star bright,
    The first star I see tonight,

    Simple enough, but this one always reminds of backpacking Glacier National in Montana - more stars than you can imagine


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    Robert Frost "for I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep"
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    Beautiful, Matclone. To quote The Bard at length is no easy endeavor. Thank you.

    Quote Originally Posted by matclone View Post
    From one of Shakespeare's sonnets (by memory):

    If I could write the beauty of your eyes,
    and in fresh number, number all your graces,
    The age to come would say: This poet lies,
    such heavingly touches ne'er touched earthly faces.

    The full sonnet:
    http://www.shakespeares-sonnets.com/xviicomm.htm

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    Stardust, that is a great excerpt from a truly great poem. There is no mistaking the poem being more than a mere description of a winter forest, but of a profound life decision. Great choice, and thank you.

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    Robert Frost "for I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep"

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    Turning and turning in the widening gyre
    The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
    Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
    Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
    The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
    The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
    The best lack all conviction, while the worst
    Are full of passionate intensity.
    Surely some revelation is at hand;
    Surely the Second Coming is at hand.
    The Second Coming! Hardly are those words out
    When a vast image out of Spritus Mundi
    Troubles my sight: somewhere in the sands of the desert
    A shape with lion body and the head of a man,
    A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,
    Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it
    Reel shadows of the indignant desert birds.
    The darkness drops again; but now I know
    That twenty centuries of stony sleep
    were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,
    And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
    Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?

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    Great thread by the way.

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