NO1PCKTHS wrote: Jorpho wrote:
NO1PCKTHS wrote:Any and all of the poetry (I'm sorry, it just doesn't do it for me)
Not even Edgar Allen? (I place e. e. cummings at the other end of the scale, myself.)
...I read the Raven, was kind of indifferent...
If you ever get in the mood to try Poe's poetry out again, I recommend trying a few of the ones they don't read in school. "The Raven" is nice, but it is (along with many of his other works) not "horror" or many of the other things people call it and falls flat when viewed as such. "The Raven" is more an essay in self-torture. The character isn't stupid. He knows that the raven is going to keep saying "nevermore" and he keeps asking questions that will have a bad result when answered with "nevermore".
The City in the Sea" is my favorite. "Annabel Lee" a close second. "Alone" is sometimes read in school, but really wonderful nonetheless.
Other recommendations that are far different from the Dickinson/Whitman type. These are fairly popular ones:
Percy Bysshe Shelley's "Ozymandias"
Tennyson's "The Lady of Shalott"
Byron's "She Walks in Beauty"
Yeat's "The Second Coming" (I recommend this just for the lovely flow of the poem, although it does require a little analysis/reading to know what he's talking about)
I had the same experience until some better lit courses in college. The poetry they had us read in high school was either too flowery, rambling/experimental (ee cummings) or modern stuff, written in current language, for which I never cared.
Sorry - I know this post was a bit of a tangent from the main topic. I always feel compelled to defend Poe's work from the poor interpretations presented by many teachers.