29
October

October Moon

October Moon
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Photo: Richard Stephen - 26-Oct-2012

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24
October

Elsinore at Night

Elsinore at Night
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Photo: Richard Stephen - 23-Oct-2012

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22
October

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!

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18
October

Oscar Wilde on being alone

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14
October

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.

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12
October

Islands in the Mist

Islands in the Mist
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Photo: Rick Stephen - 10/12/2012

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11
October

Drama Over the Lake

Drama over the Lake
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Photo: Rick Stephen - 10/11/2012

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8
October

The Sky on Fire

The Sky on Fire
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Photo: Rick Stephen - 07-October-2012

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6
October

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.

My latest poem entitled my words fail me

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

read more …

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3
October

The Art of Writing Poetry – A Series of Articles from Poetry X

Poetry X is a web site devoted to increasing the public’s readership and appreciation of poetry via the Internet. PoetryX.com is owned and operated by poet, critic, and raconteur Jough Dempsey.

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.

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