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Do Favorite Poets Really Matter?

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Valeriyabeyond said:

HERE is something which I dread,
It is a dark, a fearful thing;
It steals along with withering tread,
Or sweeps on wild destruction's wing.

That thought comes o'er me in the hour
Of grief, of sickness, or of sadness;
'Tis not the dread of death--'tis more,
It is the dread of madness.

O! may these throbbing pulses pause,
Forgetful of their feverish course;
May this hot brain, which, burning, glows
With all its fiery whirlpool's force,

Be cold, and motionless, and still,
A tenant of its lowly bed,
But let not dark delirium steal--
[Unfinished]


the madness which I always dread.

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Though she doesn't repeat her rhymes at all... so maybe not that. Hmm.

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Ingredients said:

You cheated! My original quote only had four lines. You've added a fifth when you quoted me.

This is the original unfinished piece or your own?


Haha cheater?!
This is her unfinished piece
Mine is the shorter version


Yes I would have to agree with your comment on living versus dead poets

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"There is something which I dread
It is a dark and frightening thing
That sweeps along on destructive wing
The Fear of Madness
It comes to me in times of grief
and of sadness
It's is not the fear of death I dread
It is the fear of madness"

As for your interpretation of the poem. I'd argue that by simplifying it so much you are tossing away alot of good description and value which the reader wouldn't any longer be able to enjoy.

Her flow was inconsistent at times, but I feel it's nearly totally lost as you try to make it your own. I don't know if I would personally say you've finished her work if you lose the way she was attempting to have her words work through our eyes.

You leave the word, "wing" just hanging by itself, begging for a couplet to aid it for instance, I don't read that singular line as powerful enough, or with proper rhythm of words in order to warrant it to be alone. As I said before, she did not use the same rhyme twice. She did use the same  end rhymes with -Dread & Tread- and then at the end with -bed & ???- But I see alot of work put in to make sure that she didn't repeat the same rhyme twice.

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Whoop, I meant the word Dread. Not the word wing.

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Ingredients said:Whoop, I meant the word Dread. Not the word wing.

Very very good critique
I would have to agree with you on every point

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Ingredients said:Edgar Allan Poe created fiction/science fiction? I definitely do not agree with that assertion.

I took a The Great Courses course on the evolution of science fiction ... Mary Shelley is anointed as the progenitor of Sci Fi ... Poe is credited with being the father of the murder mystery ... "The Murders in the Rue Morgue" ...  

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LilDragonFly said:

I took a The Great Courses course on the evolution of science fiction ... Mary Shelley is anointed as the progenitor of Sci Fi ... Poe is credited with being the father of the murder mystery ... "The Murders in the Rue Morgue" ...  


Edgar Allan Poe - Wikipedia
Jump to Genres He is also generally considered the inventor of the detective fiction genre and is further credited with contributing to the emerging genre of science fiction. Poe was the first well-known American writer to earn a living through writing alone, resulting in a financially difficult life and career.

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Valeriyabeyond said:

Edgar Allan Poe - Wikipedia
Jump to Genres He is also generally considered the inventor of the detective fiction genre and is further credited with contributing to the emerging genre of science fiction. Poe was the first well-known American writer to earn a living through writing alone, resulting in a financially difficult life and career.


Of course another major figure was Jules Verne along with H.G. Wells ... great writers all ...

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LilDragonFly said:

Of course another major figure was Jules Verne along with H.G. Wells ... great writers all ...


. His work also influenced science fiction, namely Jules Verne, who wrote a sequel to Poe's novel The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket called An Antarctic Mystery.

You are so right my LilDragonfly sister
The host of this thread (duh)( his name has slipped away I apologize)
mentioned how he enjoyed  the more recent poets or "undead"
poets of today
Do you remember the first time you read Tell Tale Heart and how you felt?
Have you felt anything like it since?



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Valeriyabeyond said:

. His work also influenced science fiction, namely Jules Verne, who wrote a sequel to Poe's novel The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket called An Antarctic Mystery.

You are so right my LilDragonfly sister
The host of this thread (duh)( his name has slipped away I apologize)
mentioned how he enjoyed  the more recent poets or "undead"
poets of today
Do you remember the first time you read Tell Tale Heart and how you felt?
Have you felt anything like it since?




I always reread my favorite Poe stories in the month of October ... I do remember reading Tell Tale Heart ... I was taking a creative writing course in high school ... made me want to become a writer ...

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LilDragonFly said:

Of course another major figure was Jules Verne along with H.G. Wells ... great writers all ...


I'm sorry that post was a bit scrambled need coffee
What I had planned on saying was, we have so many talented writers today Stephan King for one who I see as running with the Poe torch
Poe broke open the detective fiction genre therefore we cannot ignore his achievements
We must keep him alive by sharing and reading his great works

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Ingredients said:So I've never understood the idea of caring about what other specific famous or nonfamous poet someone else likes.


I was thinking about this today.

We have organised a poetry evening for tonight. It is the first gathering of our poetry evening in almost a year and there are a number of new and old poets who are looking forward to meeting.

I've been thinking about what I should write or share... I'm sitting at a conclusion that it doesn't really matter. It is the act of sharing that matters here. I'll share a silly poem that rhymes and is(at least on the surface) nonsense. I'll share a "haiku." I'll try and capture what it means to let someone in and share that in a poem too if I can.

Maybe these things won't mean anything to the people I am sharing with or visa versa but effort is never wasted and this(poetry) is a medium that I have sacrificed my self to again and again. I feel I have something to offer in this arena. <3

Edit: Lol. I just re-read the title. I thought you were asking whether "Poets really matter."

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Favorite poets were essential for my inspirational awakening into poetry. They remain a constant source today.


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Ahavati said:Favorite poets were essential for my inspirational awakening into poetry. They remain a constant source today.



Very interesting. I am sure that is true for most people. For me though, it was my grandmother's poetry which drew me in.

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