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Lily Isaacs is doing 24 things including…

appreciate poetry


Lily Isaacs has written 5 entries about this goal

John Keats Bright Star

Bright star, would I were steadfast as thou art -
Not in lone splendour hung aloft the night
And watching, with eternal lids apart,
Like Nature’s patient, sleepless Eremite,
The moving waters at their priestlike task
Of pure ablution round earth’s human shores,
Or gazing on the new soft-fallen mask
Of snow upon the mountains and the moors -
No – yet still stedfast, still unchangeable,
Pillow’d upon my fair love’s ripening breast,
To feel for ever its soft fall and swell,
Awake for ever in a sweet unrest,
Still, still to hear her tender-taken breath,
And so live ever – or else swoon to death

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At the moment I’m in the process of researching for an Ode to the raven. I don’t know when I’ll finish the poem, but I’m really excited about writing it. The raven is my Totem in Native American Zodiac. It’s common to wear a symbol of one’s totem to guide and protect the wearer. I’m getting a large tattoo of raven wings on my back as a token symbol, this poem will mean a lot to me when I’m done because it’s also like a symbol to connect me to my totem.

The Road Not Taken

TWO roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth; 5

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same, 10

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back. 15

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference. 20

This poem is very well known, and maybe a little overused but it is one of my favorites, so here it is for your enjoyment and inspiration. Mr. Frost reveals his true genius through this poem.

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The English Ode
Also called the Homostrophic or Horatian Ode, is slightly more structured.Traditionally, the poet chooses the number of lines, the rhyme pattern and meter, but many stick to the following conventions:
-Ten lines per stanza
-Rhyme pattern ABABCDECDE
-Each new stanza in the ode brings new rhymes that follow the same pattern, for example the A-rhymes in stanza one might be “ball and call” while the A-rhyme in stanza two could be ring and thing.
-Iambic pentameter rhythm. This means that there will be ten beats per line following a stress pattern like daDUM daDUM daDUM daDUM daDUM.
-More personalized subject matter, like emotions, thoughts and feelings
The first stanza of John Keats’ “Ode to a Nightingale” puts these conventions into practice and shatters them to bits in an exercise of poetic license.8 I have denoted the rhythm pattern by marking the stressed syllables in bold and all caps so it’s easier to follow.

My HEART aches, AND a DROWsy NUMBness PAINS (A)
My SENSE, as THOUGH of HEMlock I had DRUNK, (B)
Or EMPtied SOME dull OpiATE to THE drains (A)
One MINute PAST, and LEthe-WARDS had SUNK: (B)
‘Tis NOT through ENvy OF thy HAPpy LOT, (C)
But BEing TOO hapPY in THINE hapPIness,— (D)
That THOU’, light-WINGed DRYad OF the TREES, (E)
In SOME melOdiOUS plot©
SingEST of SUMmer IN full-THROATed EASE. (E)

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On leaving some Friends at an Early Hour

GIVE me a golden pen, and let me lean
On heap’d up flowers, in regions clear, and far;
Bring me a tablet whiter than a star,
Or hand of hymning angel, when ’tis seen
The silver strings of heavenly harp atween:
And let there glide by many a pearly car,
Pink robes, and wavy hair, and diamond jar,
And half discovered wings, and glances keen.
The while let music wander round my ears,
And as it reaches each delicious ending,
Let me write down a line of glorious tone,
And full of many wonders of the spheres:
For what a height my spirit is contending!
’Tis not content so soon to be alone.


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