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    Oh The Places You'll Go by Dr Seuss
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    novel - Atonement by Ian McEwan
    poetry - Ariel by Sylvia Plath, especially "Ariel", "Morning Song", "Cut", "Fever 103", "Contusion", and "Edge"
    literary essay - "A Sketch of the Past" by Virginia Woolf

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    Off the top of my head,

    The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami
    Crush by Richard Siken
    Seam by Tarfia Faizullah
    The Water That Falls on You From Nowhere (short fiction) by John Chu
    The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

    I'm leaving a lot out, but most are more modern than classics. Even when I don't agree with the messenger it's hard not to like a beautifully written message.

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    I personally love anything written by Dickens, his writing style still amazes me.
    Definitely my favourite author.
    As for poetry Shakespeare's sonnets are a must.
    "To conceal anything from those to whom I am attached, is not in my nature. I can never close my lips where I have opened my heart."

    -Charles Dickens
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    Going to add [Pablo] Neruda's Book of Questions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lark View Post
    Don Quixote.

    No mistake about it.
    If there is any word for the Lark Ascending, this is it.

    No mistake about it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mole View Post
    If there is any word for the Lark Ascending, this is it.

    No mistake about it.
    You post some weird things Mole.

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    Hmm, I'll be a homer and vote for Watchmen. Visually, thematically, caught me at a perfect time, resonated, all of those fun things.

    But in terms of something more traditional...I read His Dark Materials when I was young, loved it, and the ending broke me for days. Fiction was never really a world changer for me. That was reserved for A Brief History of Time.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Mychemicalkilljoy View Post
    To be honest, I have a passion for literature and poetry. I have this secret stash of all my favorite poems, plus my own that I've written. Out of all the poems, I love The Road not Taken by Robert Frost:


    TWO roads diverged in a yellow wood,
    And sorry I could not travel both
    And be one traveler, long I stood
    And looked down one as far as I could
    To where it bent in the undergrowth; 5

    Then took the other, as just as fair,
    And having perhaps the better claim,
    Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
    Though as for that the passing there
    Had worn them really about the same, 10

    And both that morning equally lay
    In leaves no step had trodden black.
    Oh, I kept the first for another day!
    Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
    I doubted if I should ever come back. 15

    I shall be telling this with a sigh
    Somewhere ages and ages hence:
    Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
    I took the one less traveled by,
    And that has made all the difference.

    This poem appeals to me and many others in so many ways. At least for me, I like this poem because I need to learn how to be who I really am--and not anon behind a screen. This is written so beautifully and I must say, Robert Frost is truly one of my favorites.
    There is a third path which is left out by frost. It is the path of transcendence and chosing no road, but rather letting the road melt away, and becoming one with the void while sipping on a mountain dew, and watching Buddhist monk lectures on youtube.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mole View Post
    If there is any word for the Lark Ascending, this is it.

    No mistake about it.
    You mean Lark Alighting? I prefer the word alight to ascending.
    "i shut the door and in the morning
    it was open
    -the end"




    Olemn slammed his hammer and from the sparks on the metal of his anvil came the spheres of the heavens.

    Sayrah blew life into the spheres and they moved. From her wheel she weaved the names of people in to mystery.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wistful Muffin View Post
    I personally love anything written by Dickens, his writing style still amazes me.
    Definitely my favourite author.
    As for poetry Shakespeare's sonnets are a must.
    I hear Dickens had an insane IQ and we used to read him a lot but even though he is great at writing I find his characters so horribly clitche as to be entirely unreal compared to let's say someone like Hermen Hesse who probably was not as good with details but more soulful.
    "i shut the door and in the morning
    it was open
    -the end"




    Olemn slammed his hammer and from the sparks on the metal of his anvil came the spheres of the heavens.

    Sayrah blew life into the spheres and they moved. From her wheel she weaved the names of people in to mystery.

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