Elsinore at Night
The Fifty Most Quoted Lines of Poetry by Mark Forsyth
While browsing for poetry blogs I stumbled across this very interesting and educational post by Mark Forsyth (M. H. Forsyth) on The Fifty Most Quoted Lines of Poetry on the Inky Fool blog. The top fifty quotes were ranked based on Google search result data. While not scientific, the results are most certainly interesting.
While I am an avid reader and lover of poetry I am no expert but I was somewhat surprised by what I found in Forsyth’s blog post. Sure, some of the quotes were expected. After all, they were from some of the greatest, most known poems of all time. It was, however, more the rankings and the odd quote that made the rankings that surprised. Still, it makes for a quick and interesting read, if you have a few moments. You might be surprised yourself!
Oscar Wilde on being alone
The Top 50 Poetry Blogs per Blog Rank
Curious about how your poetry blog is really doing? So was I. I stumbled across Blog Rank while doing a Google search on my own poetry blog. Of course, I knew my humble blog wouldn’t rank in the top 5000 poetry blogs much less the top 50! But as a fan of poetry and being a blogger, I am certainly interested in following the better blogs and learning what it is that makes them so successful. As you may as well, I am passing along to you Blog Rank’s Top Fifty Poetry Blogs.
Blog Rank uses over 20 different factors to rank the blogs in any category. Some of the factors include:RSS membership, incoming links, Compete Alexa, and Technorati ranking, and social sites popularity.
Islands in the Mist
Drama Over the Lake
The Sky on Fire
My Words Fail Me by Rick Stephen
Everyone has experienced those times when there are no words to express what you are feeling. Whether it’s trying to express your love for someone special or the depth of your sorrow and regret for having wronged them, sometimes words just fail us. We reach and grasp, stutter and falter trying to find that perfect sequence of words that will convey exactly what we mean. Other times, however, we are afraid to even try for fear our words will not only not relate our true meaning but in some way make things even worse.
blank white paper
waits to receive
thoughts that I have
dreams I’ve conceived
things that it seems
words can’t express
leaving true meanings
for you to guess
The Art of Writing Poetry – A Series of Articles from Poetry X
The Art of Writing Poetry is a series of articles that takes a look at the process of writing poetry, techniques that poets use, ways to get started, tips and tricks, and anything else associated with the writing life. You can find this helpful series of articles here.