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Benedikt
Can anybody suggest a few brilliant english written poems or books worth studying or reading?

I really can get lost in good literature or good poems. So could anybody suggest a few to me?

I already have learnt "Do not go gentle into that good night" from Dylan Thomas.

I love to hear your recommendations.




Sep 29, 2016 12:07 AM
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By the way, listen to Dylan Thomas himself reading his own poem, "Do Not Go Gentle Into that Good Night". Beautiful!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g2cgcx-GJTQ

September 29, 2016

A well-written poem should flow nicely if you use correct sentence stress. It's a good idea to learn a bit about common categories of poetry, if you're interested in that kind of thing.


Some poem forms are very complicated, but here's one that all English-speaking children learn in school: the “limerick". They always follow the same rhythm (da = unstressed syllable; DA = stressed syllable) :

da DA da da DA da da DA

da DA da da DA da da DA

da DA da da DA

da DA da da DA

da DA da da DA da da DA



Can you hear that rhythm in these examples? (I didn't talk about the AABBA rhyme pattern but see if you can hear that too)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sz8MSEv2Ptc


If you google "limericks" you'll find thousands of examples (careful: some of them are quite dirty!). Once you have a bit of practice, you can try writing a limerick yourself...it's quite easy, and you don't have to be Shakespeare to write one!


(note: the voice in the video is a computer. Listen to it to get an idea of how a limerick works, but don't copy the video's voice too closely)

September 29, 2016

Thank you very much! Now I have to make a priory list.


As Alan has said, are there any ways to actually learn the rhythm of english poems? Not every poem can be found on youtube spoken in mother tongue. And I'm pretty sure that I already have learnt "Do not go gentle" with the completely wrong pronounciation. Haha.

September 29, 2016

If - by Rudyard Kipling

 

Super solid poem right there mate. 

September 29, 2016

Walt Whitman; I'd suggest "Song of Myself" and "The Sleepers."

Edward FitzGerald's "The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam."


September 29, 2016
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Benedikt
Language Skills
English, German
Learning Language
English