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November 04, 2008

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Thanks Laura, Another lovely post reminding us about real people doing real work. These are the poems that made me love poetry as a girl and I'm sure it's because the rhyme and metrics made them fun to read aloud. At one point, my sister and I memorized most of "When the Frost is on the Punkin'."

When Longfellow is good, he's really good. You can't get more effective in opening a poem than "This is the forest primeval." I also really like "Haunted Houses," which I posted last week for Halloween, and "Hiawatha." Talk about form following function! The problem, I think, is that we get beaten over the head with his work in school so much that we can't hear it anymore.

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left the house
for the pleasure
of coming back
ten hours later
to the greatness
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"After You've Gone"
on the piano
in the corner
of the bedroom
as I enter
in the dark
                   

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