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Old March 21st, 2016, 02:36 PM   #1
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MY CHALLENGE to the discerning.

MY CHALLENGE to the discerning.

I challenge any one to quote a more beautiful poem than "KUBLA KHAN" by Samuel Taylor Coleridge:

Actually,his proper name is more popularly spelled KUBLAI KHAN.

Kubla Khan
BY SAMUEL TAYLOR COLERIDGE

In Xanadu did Kubla Khan
A stately pleasure-dome decree:
Where Alph, the sacred river, ran
Through caverns measureless to man
Down to a sunless sea.
So twice five miles of fertile ground
With walls and towers were girdled round;
And there were gardens bright with sinuous rills,
Where blossomed many an incense-bearing tree;
And here were forests ancient as the hills,
Enfolding sunny spots of greenery......
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Old March 21st, 2016, 04:54 PM   #2
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nice but you never struck me as a poetry kind of guy...
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Old March 21st, 2016, 06:26 PM   #3
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nice but you never struck me as a poetry kind of guy...
I know. Many think the way you do.
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Old March 23rd, 2016, 06:33 PM   #4
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Travel by Robert Louis Stevenson is rather beautiful

I should like to rise and go
Where the golden apples grow;—
Where below another sky
Parrot islands anchored lie,
And, watched by cockatoos and goats,
Lonely Crusoes building boats;—
Where in sunshine reaching out
Eastern cities, miles about,
Are with mosque and minaret
Among sandy gardens set,
And the rich goods from near and far
Hang for sale in the bazaar,—

rest of the poem is at
https://www.poets.org/poetsorg/poem/travel-0
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Old March 24th, 2016, 02:45 AM   #5
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let's get real...there's a helluva lot of beautiful poetry
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Old March 25th, 2016, 05:34 AM   #6
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let's get real...there's a helluva lot of beautiful poetry
And so there is......so what's wrong with revelling in beauty and sharing it with others ?
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I always like Annabelle Lee, by Poe. For depth of imagery, I don't anything compares to The Raven. But then... he was family so I'm probably a little biased.
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I always like Annabelle Lee, by Poe. For depth of imagery, I don't anything compares to The Raven. But then... he was family so I'm probably a little biased.
Annabelle Lee is the only poem that moistens my eyes. Excellent choice.

edit: in fact right now my eyes are watering remembering the words of the poem. I am going to start thinking about Fire or Ice to cure the imagery you just gave me
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The sins of kalamazoo are neither scarlet or crimson.
the sins of kalamazoo are a dishwater drab.

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Old March 28th, 2016, 02:46 PM   #10
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I think Casey at the Bat is a beautiful poem.

Add to that this is what Penn & Teller did with the poem.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=reY68mDYFKk
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