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Hey /lit/, I want to get into poetry but...
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Hey /lit/, I want to get into poetry but don't know where to start. Any suggestions? Thanks!
start with the greeks
i don't understand the question

why do you think people get into poetry?

Get a good anthology and a book about poetry. Not some bargian bin 100 best poems ever shit, and not some "How to make your life happy through the magic of poetry!" shit. Get an anthology that covers many famous poets and periods and get a book about poetry that actually goes into the details about meter and symbolism and shit like that. After that you can just pick up whatever you're interested in.
>just get a book that gets you into poetry lol
wow you're good at this huh
Actually good advice. Start with the Iliad and the Odyssey, then move on to the Romans with the Aeneid, the Metamorphoses, the Thebaid and maybe Pharsalia, and from there you can go on to the Middle Ages with the Nibelungenlied etc. etc.
this desu senpai. all you need.
Read nothing but Russian futurists. Mayakovsky was the greatest poet to live.

Kindness to Horses

The hooves stomped faster,
singing as they trod:
Grub. -

the street skidded.
Onto its side, a horse
and immediately,
the loafers gathered,
as crowds of trousers assembled up close
on the Kuznetsky,
and laughter snickered and spluttered.
--“A horse tumbled!”
--“It tumbled -- that horse!”
The Kuznetsky cackled,
and only I
did not mix my voice with the hooting.
I came up
and looked into
the horse’s eye...

The street, up-turned,
continued moving.
I came up and saw
tears, -- huge and passionate,
rolling down the face,
vanishing in its coat...
and some kind of a universal,
animal anguish
spilled out of me
and splashing, it flowed.
“Horse, there’s no need for this!
Horse, listen,--
look at them all, - who has it worse?
we are all, to some extent, horses,--
everyone here is a bit of a horse.”

she was old
and didn’t want to be nursed,
or maybe, she took in my speech with a scoff,
the horse,
out of nowhere, suddenly burst,
heaved to its feet,
and neighing,
walked off.
Wiggling its tail,
with its mane shinning gold,
It returned to the stall,
full of joyful feelings.
She imagined once more
that she was a colt,
and work was worth doing
and life was worth living.
poetry is artwork, not literature, please go to /ic/, thank you!
Get the Norton Anthology and when you find an author, style or period you like, go to town and read more widely.
Achilles’ wrath, to Greece the direful spring
Of woes unnumber’d, heavenly goddess, sing!
That wrath which hurl’d to Pluto’s gloomy reign
The souls of mighty chiefs untimely slain;
Whose limbs unburied on the naked shore,
Devouring dogs and hungry vultures tore.
Since great Achilles and Atrides strove,
Such was the sovereign doom, and such the will of Jove!

Declare, O Muse! in what ill-fated hour
Sprung the fierce strife, from what offended power
Latona’s son a dire contagion spread,
And heap’d the camp with mountains of the dead;
The king of men his reverent priest defied,
And for the king’s offence the people died.
Shakespeare is like 400 years old and all he wrote was plays. Shouldn't this really be discussed on /his/ or even /tv/?
this board is about prose and novels desu senpai
>posting Pope's Homer
I like you.
spotted the mad philosofags
Not only are his plays 400 years old but there is heated debate about the existence of the apocryphal Shakespeare. A heated debate which would be much more suited to be held on /his/
maybe but this thread isn't about whether shakespeare existed or not, this thread is about poetry

Are all philosofags this stupid?
At least philosofags know what the definition of "literature" is
if you did you'd stop whining about being redirected
That guy's trolling. He's mad that people are redirecting philosophy threads to /his/, so he's pretending to belong to that group to make them look stupid.
He brings up a very good point though. How mythicized does a work of fiction need to be before it becomes mythology? Take for instance Bloom's essay, "Freud: A Shakespearian Reading" wherein the oeuvre of Shakespeare is taken as wholly didactic in such a manner as the Bible, Torah or any other religious text. Clearly some works have such historical baggage that they must necessarily be said to have transcended the category of "mere literature" and are essentially mythology in their own right.
>implying its just one guy
As pretentious as this post is, I have to call it

/his/fags BTFO once again!
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Okay, you caught me. Getting caught was a part of my plan.
Yo that shit is expensive
>forging images to get leverage in an argument over board culture. Actually you did call it though. However I am still 100% right
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Sappho's fragments. Some Pindar (at least Olympia 1) is recommended. I am also partial to Archilochus for his humor especially after you've digested the Homeric epics.
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