I wish I were better prepared for this, but I only found out this morning that today is World Poetry Day. To that end, I figured I should create a list of excerpts from poems. At first, I thought I could choose my eight favorites, but my list kept growing and it was hard to filter based on my likes. So, what follows is a list, in no particular order, and with no particular theme, of cool lines from poems I like (including but not limited to a set of eight).
And now after that basically unintelligible introduction, I give you my list.
Eight krazy lines from poems that may or may not be krazy:
- ee Cummings “i carry your heart with me”
i carry your heart with me(i carry it in
my heart)i am never without it(anywhere
i go you go,my dear;and whatever is done
by only me is your doing,my darling)
- Oscar Wilde “The Ballad of Reading Gaol”
And with tears of blood he cleansed the hand,
The hand that held the steel:
For only blood can wipe out blood,
And only tears can heal
- George William Curtis “Ebb and Flow”
I WALKED beside the evening sea,
And dreamed a dream that could not be;
The waves that plunged along the shore
Said only—“Dreamer, dream no more!”
- Robert Frost “The road not taken”
Two roads diverged in a wood,
and I – I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.”
- Oscar Wilde “Apologia”
Is it thy will–Love that I love so well–
That my Soul’s House should be a tortured spot
Wherein, like evil paramours, must dwell
The quenchless flame, the worm that dieth not?
- Pablo Neruda from “Love Sonnets”
so I wait for you like a lonely house
till you will see me again and live in me.
Till then my windows ache.
- Dylan Thomas “Do not go gentle into that good night”
Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
- Khahlil Gibran “A True Friend”
If I could take your troubles
I would toss them into the sea,
But all these things I’m finding
Are impossible for me.
I cannot build a mountain
Or catch a rainbow fair,
But let me be what I know best,
A friend that is always there.