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I expected Mr.P to comment on this..
Hello anita a,

I'm sorry, I was over in some other sections and didn't see your post!

Now you will think this strange; but I didn't find this poem as reminiscent of ED. ED seems to require a very tentative movement; she writes every kind of quatrain except a regular one. The movement in your poem is more robust.

(Hypothesis: does ED reserve 'big' images (cf your canyons, gorges, etc) for 'big abstractions'; especially the religious ones? and use 'small' images when she speaks about herself? I say this only from memory; I haven't checked!)

So I didn't find ED in there; but I wondered if you liked Stephen Crane. If you haven't run into him before, this is characteristic:



In the desert
I saw a creature, naked, bestial,
Who, squatting upon the ground,
Held his heart in his hands,
And ate of it.
I said, "Is it good, friend?"
"It is bitter—bitter," he answered;
"But I like it
Because it is bitter,
And because it is my heart."



I like the way he manages the last 4 lines here; especially 'bitter—bitter', and the 'And because' of the last line.

MrP
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Great. Its really a great poem.I have to read more of his poems.

It really is surprising because I saw a poem very much this way in E.D's poems very recently on the net. I'll search it and post it here...
Well, I wouldn't be surprised if I had a slightly selective idea of ED. I think of the poems I know best as being most typical, but of course there are 100s of others!

I'll be very interested to read the one you were thinking of.

Here's some more SC:

[url="http://www.linguatech.com/scrane /"]Poems of Stephen Crane[/url]

See you later
MrP
stephan crane's poems are good.I liked them.
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A DOOR just opened on a street—
I, lost, was passing by—
An instant’s width of warmth disclosed,
And wealth, and company.

The door as sudden shut, and I, 5
I, lost, was passing by,—
Lost doubly, but by contrast most,
Enlightening misery.

this is the poem of E.D that I was talking about which inspired me....
Ah yes, now I see!

That's an interesting one – I haven't read it before.

It's unusually regular for ED, isn't it?

I like this: 'an instant’s width of warmth' (very difficult to say).

Thank you!

MrP
Yes it is different...

Mr. P I find you very encouraging and so please see the thread 'robert frost and me' and let me know your opinion about them. Thanks in advance.
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Hello Anita

I've only just seen your post, and have to log off now (long day). Will return tomorrow and go straight to Robert Frost.

(Good title for a thread.)

MrP
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