Classic Poetry, Metaphors and Beauty
Not everybody is a fan of big novels. Some souls have a taste for poetry. Or both. Poems are a beautiful brainchild of literature. If writing a book is tough; writing a poetry anthology is tougher. It is something that comes from deep within. Hence, it has the power to touch one's heart up to its depth. For years poems are instruments to carry information in a characteristic compressed manner. The cryptic nature of the poems, due it the never-ending figures of speech. So here are five famous poets of all time.
Today, we will be talking about the best poets of all times and their must-read poems.
William Blake was a futuristic poet. Many of you will disagree with me. If you read William Blake's poetry at first glance you will find it full of romanticism and beauty. He was also known as the Precursor of Romanticism. However, you will realise it if you see it ever since the beginning of the 21st century. While his words ooze with romance, there's a deep sense of wisdom in them. Let us take the example of Auguries of Innocence.
To see a World in a Grain of Sand,
And a Heaven in a Wild Flower,
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand,
And Eternity in an hour.
It feels like Blake is admiring nature using Antithesis. However, more than Antithesis it's Metaphor. Compared to the condition of humanity today, you will see the similarity between it and the poem. There are many other poems- Tyger, Poison Tree, A Sick Rose, Milton and more. It's better to use a 'Complete Works of William Blake.' You will see this concept being repeated in many of his works
William Wordsworth was another classic romantic poet. Like Blake, Wordsworth's poems also include admiration for nature. However, his poems were themed to reflect, 'Humans should be one with Nature'.
Let's take an example of his most famous poem; I wandered as a lonely cloud. It is also known as daffodils.
I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o'er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.
William Wordsworth wrote this poem after taking a casual walk with his sister. Despite having the company of his sister, Wordsworth poem reflect Solitude, Individuality and Serenity. He observed the daffodils blooming in groups, yet they had an independent stalk. Humans can be social animals but one's uniqueness cannot be curbed. The Complete Works of Wordsworth is also available.
They call it 'The Timeless Poems.' And quite literally, Tagore's poems are timeless. Tagore had a keen eye. He took in whatever he saw around and expressed it through his works. Tagore's works portray human experiences to the smallest detail. For this characteristic, he was known as a Mystic.
Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high
Where knowledge is free
Where the world has not been broken up into fragments
By narrow domestic walls
Where words come out from the depth of truth
Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection
Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way
Into the dreary desert sand of dead habit
Where the mind is led forward by thee
Into ever-widening thought and action
Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake.
If you see the above poem, you will realise that Tagore is not trying to promote a utopian world but a utopian mind. He is not asking to achieve perfection just appealing to try. Do read his books like Geetanjali.
Emily Dickinson had a characteristic style of writing poems. Her poems were rhetorical, questioning the purpose of life. She suffered from epilepsy and anxiety. She had a reclusive nature. She lived a simple, secluded lifestyle. A mind like this often questioned its limits. Dickinson clearly believed in the power of the mind. Due to her simplistic attitude, her poems were too very simple without any hidden meanings. However, it was the subject of the poem that was complex. Her famous poem Hope is a Thing with feathers is a perfect example.
"Hope" is the thing with feathers -
That perches in the soul -
And sings the tune without the words -
And never stops - at all -
And sweetest - in the Gale - is heard -
And sore must be the storm -
That could abash the little Bird
That kept so many warm -
I've heard it in the chillest land -
And on the strangest Sea -
Yet - never - in Extremity,
It asked a crumb - of me.
Here, she talks about how hope can keep people alive, even in the worst situations. The Complete Works of Emily Dickinson is quite famous.
Walt Whitman was Transcendentalist. He believed in the 'connection'. He also believed in the soul which travels for eternity. He was another poet with a strong affiliation with metaphors. In general, his poems were sensual. Hence, he was a controversial poet of his time. But when looked deep within there was a secondary nature of his poems which accepted God but couldn't accept religion. In arguably his famous poems would be Leaves of Grass.
For him I sing,
I raise the present on the past,
(As some perennial tree out of its roots, the present on the past,)
With time and space I him dilate and fuse the immortal laws,
To make himself by them the law unto himself.
For him I sing seems like a poem written in the love of a man. This also created questions about Whitman's sexuality. However, the 'He' in the poem is the general human race. Walt Whitman considered himself as universal. This was not his self-centered idea but awareness in his subconscious mind.
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