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Favourite Line From a Poem

Discussion in 'Personal' started by LiveToWin, Sep 21, 2020.

  1. LiveToWin

    LiveToWin Established commenter

    Following the (relative) success of the "Favourite Line from a Song" thread, I thought I'd diversify.

    Same thing - NO WHOLE POEMS, please, just a snippet to make people want to find out more.

    Two of mine to kick off:

    "They fekc you up, your Mum and Dad" - This be the Verse, by Larkin, of course.

    "Nobody, not even the rain, has such small hands" - ee cumming

    Your turn....
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    ACOYEAR8 Star commenter

    "the hare limped trembling through the frozen grass"
    Keats -St. Agnes Eve
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  3. Jamvic

    Jamvic Star commenter

    Golden lads and girls all must,
    As chimney-sweepers, come to dust.
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  4. Jamvic

    Jamvic Star commenter

    Yet do thy worst, old Time! Despite thy wrong
    My love shall in my verse ever live young.
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  5. Morninglover

    Morninglover Star commenter

    "Turning and turning in the widening gyre
    The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
    Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold";

    W B Yeats 'The Second Coming'


    "And we are here as on a darkling plain
    Swept with confused alarms of struggle and flight,
    Where ignorant armies clash by night".

    Matthew Arnold 'Dover Beach'
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  6. Katzenjammer

    Katzenjammer Senior commenter

    ...the best lack all conviction,
    and the worst are full of passionate intensity.
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  7. Katzenjammer

    Katzenjammer Senior commenter

    That was in another country; and besides, the wench is dead.

    How selfhood begins with a walking away,
    And love is proved in the letting-go.
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  8. blazer

    blazer Star commenter

    The sky has holes where the rain gets in.
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  9. George_Randle

    George_Randle Senior commenter

    Modified rapture!

    Not a poem, but this dialogue from The Mikado has taken on some contemporary significance:

    Yum-Yum. (retreating) If you please, I think your Highness had better not come too near. The laws against flirting are excessively severe.

    Nanki-Poo. But we are quite alone, and nobody can see us.

    Yum-Yum. Still, that don't make it right. To flirt is capital.

    Nanki-Poo. It is capital!

    Yum-Yum. And we must obey the law.

    Nanki-Poo. Deuce take the law!

    Yum-Yum. I wish it would, but it won't!

    Nanki-Poo. If it were not for that, how happy we might be!

    Yum-Yum. Happy indeed!

    Nanki-Poo. If it were not for the law, we should now be sitting side by side, like that. (Sits by her.)

    Yum-Yum. Instead of being obliged to sit half a mile off, like that. (Crosses and sits at other side of stage.)

    Nanki-Poo. We should be gazing into each other's eyes, like that. (Gazing at her sentimentally.)

    Yum-Yum. Breathing sighs of unutterable love — like that. (Sighing and gazing lovingly at him.)

    Nanki-Poo. With our arms round each other's waists, like that. (Embracing her.)

    Yum-Yum. Yes, if it wasn't for the law.

    Nanki-Poo. If it wasn't for the law.

    Yum-Yum. As it is, of course we couldn't do anything of the kind.
  10. annie2010

    annie2010 Occasional commenter

    Two roads diverged in a wood and I-
    I took the one less traveled by
    And that has made all the difference.

    Robert Frost.
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  11. TCSC47

    TCSC47 Star commenter

    I am Sir Brian! (ting-ling)
    I am Sir Brian! (rat-tat)
    I am Sir Brian, as bold as a lion -
    Take that! - and that! - and that!

    ------- -------
    ------- -------

    I am Sir Brian? Oh no!
    I am Sir Brian? Who's he?
    I haven't got any title, I'm Botany -
    Plain Mr. Botany (B).

    from Bad Sir Brian Botany, A.A. Milne
    Sorry, couldn't boil it down to one line.
    Last edited: Sep 21, 2020
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  12. TCSC47

    TCSC47 Star commenter

    Just another of my "I'm almost famous" things. My mate used to work with Larkin when he was a librarian at Hull University. Just thought I'd mention that.
  13. caress

    caress Occasional commenter

    When out of the night, which was fifty below, and into the din and the glare, There stumbled a miner fresh from the creeks, dog-dirty, and loaded for bear. He looked like a man with a foot in the grave and scarcely the strength of a louse, Yet he tilted a poke of dust on the bar, and he called for drinks for the house.
    Robert Service, The Shooting of Dan McGrew
  14. Oscillatingass

    Oscillatingass Star commenter

    Outside the take away one Saturday Night
    A bald adolescent asked me out for a fight
    He was no bigger than a two penny fart
    He was a deft exponent of the martial arts.
  15. Aquamarina1234

    Aquamarina1234 Star commenter

    I was much too far out all my life
    And not waving but drowning.
  16. sunshineneeded

    sunshineneeded Star commenter

    But now I am six I'm as clever as clever
    So I think I'll be six now for ever and ever.

    Another A A Milne classic.
  17. Katzenjammer

    Katzenjammer Senior commenter

    More than one line, but how could you possible edit this down to a one-liner?

    It may be that the gulfs will wash us down: It may be we shall touch the Happy Isles,
    And see the great Achilles, whom we knew.
    Tho' much is taken, much abides; and tho' we are not now that strength which in old days
    Moved earth and heaven, that which we are, we are;
    One equal temper of heroic hearts, made weak by time and fate, but strong in will
    To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.

    Great verse "aspiring to the condition of music..."
  18. George_Randle

    George_Randle Senior commenter

    The heaventree of stars hung with humid nightblue fruit.
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  19. lizziescat

    lizziescat Star commenter

    Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.
  20. Oscillatingass

    Oscillatingass Star commenter

    I have measured out my life with coffee spoons.

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