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The Poet that Has Influenced You the Most?

8 Years Ago


It is difficult for me to pin down one poet as my most influential. I think I will list a few for different reasons:

1) William Blake - Showed how to be fearless in poetry and use a prophetic voice
2) W.S. Merwin - Subtlety and necessity 
3) Emily Dickinson - Holding the reader's attention
4) Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi - Poetry is beautiful 
5) Keats - Go for the grand
6) Frost - It's how you say it
7) Sandburg - A few lines can be stronger than a whole book of prose
8) Kerouac - Have fun writing
9) Rakim (the rapper) - Each line should have meaning
10) My father - It takes many poems to write one good one

Whew, there is probably more. There is so many amazing poets in history that have been influential. 

So, who is your most influential poet?
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Re: The Poet that Has Influenced You the Most?

8 Years Ago


I'm going to have to say William Blake as well, The Garden of Love is one of my favorite pieces and then Casey Crescenzo.
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Re: The Poet that Has Influenced You the Most?

8 Years Ago


Casey Crescenzo, I have not heard if. By a search, I saw that he is a part of many bands. What do you recommend listening or reading by him?
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Re: The Poet that Has Influenced You the Most?

8 Years Ago


slightly different, but i love reading Edgar Allen Poe
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8 Years Ago


Aha! A poe fan :) Well, I got to give him props for his technique. What is your favorite Poe poem?
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Re: The Poet that Has Influenced You the Most?

7 Years Ago


I personally love William Carlos Williams...