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Who is Your Favorite Poet?

by AmosTheCat on 26/01/12 at 4:14 am

My favorite poet is the one I read the most. I memorized his work as a young boy. He appealed to the sense of adventure of boys and grown men. He personally appealed to the reader and his characters were as colorful as a row of the flags of every country in the world. I still like him and still read him sometimes.

Have you ever asked yourself, “who  is my favorite poet”?  Well, I did and I went through a several day process of winnowing out candidates before I finally decided whjo it was.  Yes, I actually figured it out.  But for you to find out who it is, you will have do one of two things.  One way is to keep reading this article until you get to where I tell who it is, toward the end, or, the other way is that you can cheat and go to the next page and find out early.  This is a test of your character.  I am trusting you not to cheat.

Even if you do cheat you might not recognize his name.  But he is a successful poet.  Very  successful.  In fact, he is one of the few poets in the history of the world who could make a living, a very, very good living on his poetry.  He did write some novels too but his poems are what made him famous.  What’s more, his first book of poems was instantly famous and made him instantly rich.  Yet, you might not have heard of him.  Some of you who are residents of a non-English speaking country and studied English literature probably never heard of him because he usually is not taught in schools as a classic. 

He was born in England, albeit of Scottish parents.  He was an inveterate adventurer.   He did not fit in at a University so he became a banker.  At age 21 he migrated to North America and worked at low level jobs in the western states of the U. S. and provinces of Canada.  While working as a banker in the Yukon Territory he sent his father, who had by this time migrated to Toronto, a unpublished collection of his poems.  He ask his father, who had the same name as the poet, if he could find a printer who would print up a few copies of the collection and make a loose leaf booklet of it.  He wanted to hand them out to his friends.  His father read the poems and showed them to a publisher.  The publisher was very excited. 

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pruelpo

Jan 26th, 2012

Until now I have no favorite poet because I consider all poets as great poets…Good thought dude.

juny423

Jan 26th, 2012

Thanks for this info. I will check more info about him.
Honestly, I don’t have any fave poet. I love reading poem but I don’t have any favorite :)

Boyka

Jan 26th, 2012

I Like It

marqjonz

Jan 26th, 2012

Great article. Service and Kipling are far out of fashion, but it’s hard for me to imagine people educated in the U.S. or Canada who wouldn’t guess Robert W. Service was your favorite poet as soon as their eyes hit the word Yukon. On the other hand ….

Kristie Claar

Jan 26th, 2012

Thank you for sharing your favorite poet. I shall have to read some of his work. Oh and just so you know I did not cheat, maybe you can answer a question for me. Why was Service rejected by the British Army?

MJRapp

Jan 26th, 2012

I don’t known him but then again I don’t know much about poetry. I did enjoy your article, though.

SoNia0813

Jan 29th, 2012

Awesome!

girishpuri

Jan 30th, 2012

very interesting

megapertiwiafandi

Jan 30th, 2012

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erwinkennythomas

Jan 30th, 2012

great choice

mdrkarim7

Jan 31st, 2012

Thanks friend..
Your poem pushed me to recall Tagore again…

xphantoms

Feb 2nd, 2012

Nice article

athena goodlight

Feb 2nd, 2012

Interesting and highly educational read.

avissado

Feb 3rd, 2012

frankly I don’t yet have a favorite poet..but there’s haiku my martin kloess here on Triond that i like and also there’s angelji whose work I am beginning to appreciate

Martin Kloess

Feb 5th, 2012

use to be poe and homer

megapertiwiafandi

Feb 6th, 2012

nice share, keep continue…

LoveDoctor

Feb 9th, 2012

I like how you kept your readers in suspense till the very end. This is a well-written article.

FX777222999

Feb 9th, 2012

Keeping the best out of an article.

Aroosa Hermosa

Feb 10th, 2012

This is really great article.legendary alive

Moses Ingram

Feb 12th, 2012

I’ve always loved poetry, especially the classics. It is difficult to pick just one poet.

Safa

Feb 12th, 2012

Great article. Enjoyed reading this very much.

Erin Miller

Feb 13th, 2012

I honestly never heard of this man. When I was reading through your article I thought of Walt Whitman at first but then realized he is taught in schools. You have just given me a new poet to check out and perhaps add to my collection. Thank you! I wonder how bad his health issues were? Well, I’m off to explore more literature now.

ittech

Feb 14th, 2012

keats and will always be

sheilanewton

Feb 14th, 2012

Me? I just gotta stick with Mr Will Shakespeare and his amazing sonnets. Aren’t I the onld-fashioned one? Although I have to admit I’m just AWFUL at writing good sonnets. Iambic pentameter? Don’t know what you mean.

John Randall

Feb 20th, 2012

It is a good article. Never heard of service but I will have to check him out.

dodolbete

Feb 21st, 2012

I cheated because I don’t think I can find the answer anyway… I used to love those poems in Anne-Marie Dalmais’s “Animal World” translated collections ^_^

vickylass

Jun 2nd, 2012

Aren’t you crafty? It really kept me reading till the end and I didn’t cheat. Yeah right! I studied English as a second language and English literature. I was familiar with the masters, but I had never heard of him. Might as well have a go on him. Thanks for sharing on Triond Development Community Day, that is, if you scartch me back I’ll scratch yours, using Triond lingo.

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