Which Poet(s) Has Influenced/Inspired You The Most?

Thu, May 6 2010 10:29am EDT 1
Tarringo Basile-Vaughan
Tarringo Basile-Vaughan
829 Posts
For me it was the poetry of Langston Hughes, Claude Mckay and currently Maya Angelou that let me to want to share my voice and gave me the belief in myself that I, myself could inspire and influence with my words.
Tue, May 11 2010 06:57pm EDT 2
Just Jo
Just Jo
8 Posts
I think the first poet to really affect me was Seamus Heaney

Mid-Term Break by Seamus Heaney
I sat all morning in the college sick bay
Counting bells knelling classes to a close.
At two o'clock our neighbors drove me home.

In the porch I met my father crying--
He had always taken funerals in his stride--
And Big Jim Evans saying it was a hard blow.

The baby cooed and laughed and rocked the pram
When I came in, and I was embarrassed
By old men standing up to shake my hand

And tell me they were "sorry for my trouble,"
Whispers informed strangers I was the eldest,
Away at school, as my mother held my hand

In hers and coughed out angry tearless sighs.
At ten o'clock the ambulance arrived
With the corpse, stanched and bandaged by the nurses.

Next morning I went up into the room. Snowdrops
And candles soothed the bedside; I saw him
For the first time in six weeks. Paler now,

Wearing a poppy bruise on his left temple,
He lay in the four foot box as in his cot.
No gaudy scars, the bumper knocked him clear.
A four foot box, a foot for every year.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
This was the first poem I studied in school and the emotion in this write still affects me today.

Next came William Shakespeare, because I studied him in school, Shakespeare appealed to me fistly for his incredible writing talent, he was the novelist of his era and he managed to produce such epic plays and still manage to adhere to poetic form!
Thu, May 13 2010 10:46am EDT 3
Tarringo Basile-Vaughan
Tarringo Basile-Vaughan
829 Posts
I think I took a whole course on shakespare in college...some of the lines still stick in my head..but yes great poem by Seamus Heany...don't know much about him
Thu, Feb 17 2011 12:06pm EST 4
Jason Anderson
Jason Anderson
240 Posts

The poet who I started reading, who inspired me with his words of pure beauty and smooth language, has to be William Shakespeare. He is an excellent poet/playwright/storyteller, with anything he done. It was like magic when he touched pen to paper. His sonnets are just precious to read. Another poet that has inspired me is the one and only Maya Angelou. Her voice when she read her poetry is like a beautiful song, and I mean that too. I love all of her poems, but my favorite has to be "Still I Rise". Empowerment, courage, and perseverance all personified within her piece. These are the two top poets who has inspired me, but I am inspired by all of the great poets of the past.

Sun, Feb 27 2011 04:20am EST 5
Teri LaFaye
Teri LaFaye
18 Posts
Emerson is my poet inspiration. Emily Dickinson is another. I have so many favorites, Paul Dunbar is another.... but Emerson....he is my writing soul mate forever and always. Hugs! Teri LaFaye
Sun, Feb 27 2011 12:33pm EST 6
Tarringo Basile-Vaughan
Tarringo Basile-Vaughan
829 Posts

The poet who I started reading, who inspired me with his words of pure beauty and smooth language, has to be William Shakespeare. He is an excellent poet/playwright/storyteller, with anything he done. It was like magic when he touched pen to paper. His sonnets are just precious to read. Another poet that has inspired me is the one and only Maya Angelou. Her voice when she read her poetry is like a beautiful song, and I mean that too. I love all of her poems, but my favorite has to be "Still I Rise". Empowerment, courage, and perseverance all personified within her piece. These are the two top poets who has inspired me, but I am inspired by all of the great poets of the past.

I think shakespare may be everyone's first..and Maya Angelous "Still I rise" puts butterflies in my stomach everytime I hear it read

Sun, Feb 27 2011 12:34pm EST 7
Tarringo Basile-Vaughan
Tarringo Basile-Vaughan
829 Posts
Emerson is my poet inspiration. Emily Dickinson is another. I have so many favorites, Paul Dunbar is another.... but Emerson....he is my writing soul mate forever and always. Hugs! Teri LaFaye

ahhh, Paul Laurence Dunbar's "we wear the mask"..a poem forever in my inspirations!

Fri, Mar 4 2011 10:05pm EST 8
Mistress Kristine
Mistress Kristine
8 Posts
For me it was Elizabeth Barret Browning. It was because of her writing that I drew kinship to poetry.
Sat, Mar 5 2011 09:23am EST 9
Tarringo Basile-Vaughan
Tarringo Basile-Vaughan
829 Posts
For me it was Elizabeth Barret Browning. It was because of her writing that I drew kinship to poetry.

Hmmm, I think its time for a little essay on Miss Barrett:) *Wink*

Fri, Mar 18 2011 11:21am EDT 10
Randy Hall
Randy Hall
63 Posts
Of individual poets I admire them all
for brave adventures of soul and spirit.
But the inspiration comes from the poetry
of humanity itself, the question with no answers.
The hole in my soul, I fill with concepts, with words,
defining reality, my fantasy, my question.

I find it difficult to single out one poet, but I do love the modern world,
the Internet and the ability to connect with other poets and read their hearts.
So, to one and all who see this.. My favorite poet is you!
Sun, Mar 27 2011 08:57pm EDT 11
Evil Dick
Evil Dick
2 Posts
pablo neruda and emily dickinson
Sat, Apr 2 2011 09:01pm EDT 12
Victor Claude  Pirtle
Victor Claude Pirtle
90 Posts
The Pansies (a series of poems) by D. H. Lawrence. Wallace Stevens: Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird, and Charles Bukowski's Circus of Death.
Wed, Apr 6 2011 08:19am EDT 13
Tarringo Basile-Vaughan
Tarringo Basile-Vaughan
829 Posts
pablo neruda and emily dickinson

yeah i see a little pablo neruda in you:)

Wed, Apr 6 2011 08:19am EDT 14
Tarringo Basile-Vaughan
Tarringo Basile-Vaughan
829 Posts
Of individual poets I admire them all
for brave adventures of soul and spirit.
But the inspiration comes from the poetry
of humanity itself, the question with no answers.
The hole in my soul, I fill with concepts, with words,
defining reality, my fantasy, my question.

I find it difficult to single out one poet, but I do love the modern world,
the Internet and the ability to connect with other poets and read their hearts.
So, to one and all who see this.. My favorite poet is you!

Randy, i believe you just shared with us a poem

Wed, Apr 6 2011 08:20am EDT 15
Tarringo Basile-Vaughan
Tarringo Basile-Vaughan
829 Posts
The Pansies (a series of poems) by D. H. Lawrence. Wallace Stevens: Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird, and Charles Bukowski's Circus of Death.

hmmm, victor, will have to add those to my must reads

Sun, Apr 10 2011 10:48am EDT 16
bildo the changeling
bildo the changeling
49 Posts
you guys

if the truth be known
it left the fairy not alone
it came from the depth of earth
and the magik of rebirth
and dropped like healing rain
from the highest of the skies
removing the magik fairy pain
. . . .it came from "you guys"
Tue, Apr 12 2011 09:16am EDT 17
Lonnie Boykin
Lonnie Boykin
1 Posts
I must say also Pablo Neruda and Shelton Silverstein, Shelton Silverstein refused to read others work because he felt it contaminated his creativity. He was a playwrite and wrote childrens books also. Pablo need no introduction.
Wed, Apr 13 2011 09:22am EDT 18
Tarringo Basile-Vaughan
Tarringo Basile-Vaughan
829 Posts
you guys

if the truth be known
it left the fairy not alone
it came from the depth of earth
and the magik of rebirth
and dropped like healing rain
from the highest of the skies
removing the magik fairy pain
. . . .it came from "you guys"

Very honored Billy George!

Wed, Apr 13 2011 09:23am EDT 19
Tarringo Basile-Vaughan
Tarringo Basile-Vaughan
829 Posts
I must say also Pablo Neruda and Shelton Silverstein, Shelton Silverstein refused to read others work because he felt it contaminated his creativity. He was a playwrite and wrote childrens books also. Pablo need no introduction.

Definitely great poets to be inspired by!!!!

Fri, May 20 2011 07:28pm EDT 20
-JD -(poet rebellious)
-JD -(poet rebellious)
2 Posts

Pacing Wilde

From his pouch of rainbow verse,
his tie-dyed reality pocks each journey,
a sour doe crock ever growing,
spilling over the edges of my narrow-minded
assumption.

The walks immersed in sea-side
blue upon the bosky green finds
me endless, stanzas soon meld listless
boredom, pragmatic barriers, and
porcelain ideology, though he asks
nothing in return.

Justice rarely produces a hero’s anthem,
yet his threads of honor and prejudice
are interwoven throughout life’s poverty,
shunning my bleak and unforgiving world,
every step onto parchment brands
each famed ion.

I never tire of his multi-sided
evolution, be it a dying portrait,
masked in crimson, to the naïve
grace of Madonna Mia on flourishing
landscapes of Wilde flower.

Did he write me in, a century plus ago,
a wonderer of previous lives, my passage
between reality, daydream, premonition,
and fantasy holds no agenda.

Yet I am certain Oscar’s
“La Bella Donna Della Mia Mente”
has torched my heart on numerous
occasions, we rest “By The Arno”
searching for dying nightingale,
succumbing to dawn’s servitude.

I beg your company, as I beg of his
verse tucking me in at night,
his frescoes illuminate - the ever
decaying stucco boxing me in.

No rumor too vague nor transcript
obtuse may warrant overview,
while every expression stands alone,
the whole, is sweeter when pacing
Wilde.

©2010/jdr

Mon, Aug 27 2012 04:52am EDT 21
Keith Wallis
Keith Wallis
3 Posts
Most influenced by a varied cast of characters.
Dylan Thomas - a master of language.
Leonard Cohen - a master of emotion and romance (when he isn't inspiring suicide).
Abbe Michel Quoist - a master of seeing the spiritual in the mundane.
Roger McGough - the master of giggles.
Mon, Aug 27 2012 12:38pm EDT 22
Mary Abel
Mary Abel
1 Posts
My favorites are Robert Frost and Emily Dickinson. They both use simple words and structure plus striking imagery to express the complexities of life and the beauty of the world.
Thu, May 9 2013 04:02pm EDT 23
Jeremy (Jez) Farmer
Jeremy (Jez) Farmer
3 Posts
Nice question Mary

Emily Dickinson is certainly one of my influences, amongst far too many to list but my favourites are Percy Bysshe Shelley, Lord Byron and Sappho
Mon, Jul 22 2013 12:26pm EDT 24
Linda Jones Malonson
Linda Jones Malonson
4 Posts
To be honest I can't say any one poets inspired me, as I was not a "great" reader of other poets works. However I loved the "Blues" and coming from the Mississippi Delta, believe me, life itself inspired me to write poetry, as a way of finding my voice, because I didn't have one, and even today, old and tired of it all, I am still struggling to be heard.
Sun, Aug 3 2014 11:08pm EDT 25
Malcolm Varner
Malcolm Varner
1 Posts
Maya Angelou and Langston Hughes. In fact, Hughes' "Mother to Son" was the basis of my personal essay for undergrad...

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