What poetry can you recite?

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  1. nanette1985

    nanette1985 Diamond Member

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    I don't think that students nowadays are required to learn poetry and recite it, at least none of my kids were.

    If you were required to do that like I was, how many poems do you still remember

    Alcohol helps me remember all the words but I can usually manage

    Jabberwocky
    The Raven
    The Owl and the Pussycat
    The Boy stood on the burning deck
     
  2. mizzou

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    Roses are red
    Violets are blue
    I see what you did there
     
  3. HamburgerBoy

    HamburgerBoy Lifer

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    One sunny day in the middle of the night
    Two dead boys got up to fight
    Back to back they faced each other
    Drew their swords and shot each other
    But the deaf policeman heard the noise
    And saved the lives of the two dead boys
    If you don't believe this lie, it's true
    Ask the blind man, he saw it too
     
  4. GagHalfrunt

    GagHalfrunt Lifer

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    I can surely do all of The Raven, all of If by Kipling, most of Gunga Dun, all of Tennyson's Charge of the Light Brigade, maybe the first third of Ginsberg's Howl and at least 500 dirty limericks.
     
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    There once was a man from Nantucket
    Whose dick was so long he could suck it
    He said with a grin, as he wiped of his chin
    "If my ear was a cunt, I would *** it!"
     
  6. MichaelD

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    [Stewie]Damn you![/Stewie]

    Beat me to it!
     
  7. Kroze

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    I never saw a wild thing sorry for itself
    a small bird will drop dead frozen from its bough
    without ever felt sorry for itself.
     
  8. SheHateMe

    SheHateMe Diamond Member

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    I can recite some Langston Hughes or Maya Angelou like that back of my hand.

    I used to be able to tell most of Edgar Allan Poe's stories by heart. We studied his work in Honors English in 8th Grade..will never forget it because I hated the teacher.
     
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    AreaCode707 Lifer

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    "What does reincarnation mean?" a cowpoke asked his friend
    "Welp," his friend replied, "it happens when your life has reached it's end.
    They warsh your hair and close your eyes and clean your fingernails
    And lay you in a padded box away from life's travails
    ...........

    http://www.cowboypoetry.com/mcrae.htm#Rein

    I learned this one because as a high schooler I thought it was funny. I'm not as dead on accurate as I'd like but I'm not bad.
     
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    Now the world has gone to bed
    Darkness won't engulf my head
    I can see by infra-red
    How I hate the night

    -Marvin the Paranoid Robot

    I love scrawling that pome in guard towers all over the world.
     
  11. brainhulk

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    I made a poem this week for my buddy i'm playing in my fantasy football playoffs:

    1 of us will stand, 1 of us will fall.
    Whoever wins, will end up taking it all.
    Although talking trash is not my motto, getting you in the playoffs is like winning the lotto.
    As you can see, I think you're team is pretty shitty.
    Prove me wrong by betting me fifty
     
  12. walkur

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    To be, or not to be, that is the question:
    Whether 'tis Nobler in the mind to suffer
    The Slings and Arrows of outrageous Fortune,
    Or to take Arms against a Sea of troubles,
    And by opposing end them
     
  13. grrl

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    The way a crow
    Shook down on me
    The dust of snow
    From a hemlock tree
    Has given my heart
    A change of mood
    And saved some part
    Of a day I had rued.
     
  14. disappoint

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    Ugh, that's not at all how Stewie spews forth his putrid speech.


     
  15. DrPizza

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    `Twas brillig, and the slithy toves Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
    All mimsy were the borogoves,
    And the mome raths outgrabe.


    "Beware the Jabberwock, my son!
    The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!
    Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun
    The frumious Bandersnatch!"

    He took his vorpal sword in hand:
    Long time the manxome foe he sought --
    So rested he by the Tumtum tree,
    And stood awhile in thought.

    And, as in uffish thought he stood,
    The Jabberwock, with eyes of flame,
    Came whiffling through the tulgey wood,
    And burbled as it came!

    One, two! One, two! And through and through
    The vorpal blade went snicker-snack!
    He left it dead, and with its head
    He went galumphing back.

    "And, has thou slain the Jabberwock?
    Come to my arms, my beamish boy!
    O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!'
    He chortled in his joy.


    `Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
    Did gyre and gimble in the wabe;
    All mimsy were the borogoves,
    And the mome raths outgrabe.


    I've recited that poem 10's of thousands of times - I used to use it for keeping my cadence when I did a lot of long distance biking.
     
  16. olds

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    Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening by Robert Frost.

    When I was just dating my wife, we went to dinner. She didn't have her glasses and asked me to read the menu. I took it and looking at the menu started reciting that poem.

    It sealed the deal.
     
  17. Thebobo

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    When you're driving in your car,
    and your house is just too far
    Diarrhea, diarrhea

    When your stomach is in pain,
    and your making chocolate rain
    Diarrhea, diarrhea

    When you think it's chicken soup
    but it's really liquid poop.
    Diarrhea diarrhea

    When your sitting on a mountain
    and your butt becomes a fountain
    diarrhea, diarrhea
     
  18. Perknose

    Perknose Forum Director & Omnipotent Overlord
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    Many, of the classic mainstays already mentioned here, plus, of course, my own.

    I will leave you with this one, by the WWI poet Wilfred Owen:

    He didn't make it out of the war alive:

     
  19. SandEagle

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    like a flower in a crack in the sidewark
    do i cower in the dark
    corner of my room

    and like a lark on a lagoon in a park
    i disembark
    on a loneley juorney of life

    and like an eelecrtrical spark
    i arc
    back and forth between pain & sorroow

    and like a sand shark
    i sit and lurk without remark
    theres nothing left 2 say

    -and like a treasure ship without a letter of marque
    im an easy mark, for the pirates i call my friends
    my life is one big question mark

    -andlike tony stark
    i just sit in a cave with a box of scraps trying to fix my broken heart

    and like a charm quark
    no body undrestands me

    so i stand here and i
    and i cover my heart in bark
     
  20. KidNiki1

    KidNiki1 Platinum Member

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    i know a lot of poetry lines here and there, but don't have a lot of full on poems memorized. however, i remember this because we had to memorize and recite it in front of class. i will probably never forget it:

    WHAN that Aprille with his shoures soote
    The droghte of Marche hath perced to the roote,
    And bathed every veyne in swich licour,
    Of which vertu engendred is the flour;
    Whan Zephirus eek with his swete breeth
    Inspired hath in every holt and heeth
    The tendre croppes, and the yonge sonne
    Hath in the Ram his halfe cours y-ronne,
    And smale fowles maken melodye,
    That slepen al the night with open ye

    and I also love me some William Carlos Williams. this is one of those things i say to myself in my head on occasions where it seems to fit.

    I have eaten
    the plums
    that were in
    the icebox

    and which
    you were probably
    saving
    for breakfast

    Forgive me
    they were delicious
    so sweet
    and so cold.

    also, they are technically not poems, but i constantly use these as well:

    it is by will alone i set my mind in motion
    it is by the juice of sapho that thoughts acquire speed
    the lips acquire stains
    the stains become a warning
    it is by will alone i set my mind in motion

    and also


    I must not fear.
    Fear is the mind-killer.
    Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.
    I will face my fear.
    I will permit it to pass over me and through me.
    And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
    Where the fear has gone there will be nothing.
    Only I will remain
     
  21. SlitheryDee

    SlitheryDee Lifer

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    None. I swear not a single verse comes to mind right now.
     
  22. manimal

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    ra il giorno ch'al sol si scoloraro
    per la pietà del suo factore i rai,
    quando ì fui preso, et non me ne guardai,
    chè i bè vostr'occhi, donna, mi legaro.




    here is a googlelized translation.

    It was the day the sun's ray had turned pale
    with pity for the suffering of his Maker
    when I was caught, and I put up no fight,
    my lady, for your lovely eyes had bound me.
     
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  23. blackdogdeek

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    I don't remember any full poems any longer but I remember parts. This is one of my favorites:

    So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
    So long lives this and this gives life to thee.
     
  24. Arcadio

    Arcadio Diamond Member

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    Song lyrics count, right? They're basically poems.
     
  25. sixone

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    That's the only way I can memorize poetry - if it's set to music. :(