Hey, I love poetry, obsessively and compulsively, so I'm just wondering if we have any other poets/poetry lovers on the board who wanted to strike up random conversation about poets and poetry.
We could even play type the poets!(Unless... you know... there was already an entire thread about that or something... )
I'm a huge Walt Whitman fan. I think Song of Myself is probably the best poem ever written by an American. The sheer intricate variety of the things that Whitman has come up with in the poem, from representing himself as a friend to the reader on some hypothetical journey, to the amazing bit (in section 37, I think) when he says "I troop forth, replished with supreme power, one of an average unending procession," just after he cries "enough! enough! Stand back. Somehow I have been stunn'd." And it's really ironic that I love Whitman so much now, because reading over him in school, I was totally turned off (O Captain My Captain seems like very boring, simple allegory at first glance), partially by his constant self-assertion, like someone trying to sell me on something. But now the constant self-assertion is the awesome part.
But anyway, any discussion of poetry is welcome on this thread, not just that which relates obviously to MBTI. I'm just into talking about literature.