Ah! The Pleasure of Poetry

Stop! Stop where you are. Move not your mouse. Click not another link. Deny your brain of any escape-thought. For now, for this moment, forget the rest and enter this quest. For, this, I swear, shall bring out your best. Sir or madam, whoever you are, come here and contemplate. Read this and realize. Think through and introspect.

That you are reading this random article of mine is enough an establishment of your interest in reading. In the wonderful world of literature, this article is but a tiny speck of dust in some unnamed village. That you’ve found time for this tiny speck, these common combinations of words, these insignificant sentences and these plain paragraphs, I am sure that you can also find time for the enchanting island of Poetry. Well within the world of literature, yet separated on all sides by waters of rhyme and reason, this island called Poetry is a land abounding in captivating compilations, breathtaking ballads, serene sonnets and plethora of other pleasures.

No. Don’t be scared. Poetry is not solely for people with highly sophisticated language or extreme intellect or extraordinary perspective. Poetry is for all, for you, for me and the entire human race.This generous island produced poets with wide enough a variety which renders poetry available for everyone. From poems which require deep reflection of thought and superior skill of interpretation to those which are surprisingly simple and can be sung in merriness, poetry includes many kinds of poems and can offer anyone a poem tailored to his or her taste. And if you know where to seek, this island of pleasure opens up to you its infinite possibilities.

Take a look at the amazing simplicity with which Edgar Allen Poe writes his heart out in a poem for his lost lover. This poem would touch your heart so significantly that you would have no other option but to like it. The poem is titled Annabel Lee and it starts like this,

It was many and many a year ago,
In a kingdom by the sea,
That a maiden there lived whom you may know
By the name of ANNABEL LEE;
And this maiden she lived with no other thought
Than to love and be loved by me.
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Here for you is a soothing Cradle Song by William Blake.

Sleep, sleep, beauty bright,
Dreaming in the joys of night;
Sleep, sleep; in thy sleep
Little sorrows sit and weep.
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Here is the source of immense inspiration, courage and mental strength: If by Rudyard Kipling.

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too; (Read More)

Here is a poem for women who aspire to be phenomenal: Phenomenal Woman by Maya Angelou

Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size
But when I start to tell them,
They think I’m telling lies.
I say,
It’s in the reach of my arms
The span of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips.
I’m a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.
(Read More)

Here are few more for you. Go ahead and plunge into these pleasures.

Tiger by William Blake – She Walks in Beauty by Lord Byron – I carry your heart with me by E.E. Cummings –The Raven by Edgar Allen Poe – Woman’s Constancy by John Donne – The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost

There’s another amazing aspect here. Not only can you read poems online but you can listen to them too: Poetry Readings by Pearls of Wisdom

Lakshmikanth Koundinya

Of Poe's heart, Russell's brain, Wilde's thought and Rand's strength

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