A Paean to Poets

I enjoy writing sonnets. No idea why really. The other day a blogging friend and oft times poet Willow at Willowdot21 posted a poem about literary geniuses of yesteryear. Check it out here and her eclectic blog. It was a delight and reminded me of a poem I wrote years ago with the same sort of theme, this time around poets.

See what you think. Can you identify both poets and in some cases their poems?

Poetry Class


I’ve lost years to selfish myopia,

A self-inflicted Miltonian curse;

Ne’er imagined such poetic utopia

When reading Chaucerian verse.

I’ve honoured the Bard from a distance

Whose Marvel’s have Donne me no good;

And Swift has been my resistance

To Keats’s autumnal soul-food.

And when Hopkins near sprung me from prison,

I relapsed and began doubting Dylan.

But, at last, I’ve changed my prescription

Revealing a lost world so rare.

I can now read that famous inscription:

“Look on my works, enjoy: don’t despair.”

About TanGental

My name is Geoff Le Pard. Once I was a lawyer; now I am a writer. I've published four books - Dead Flies and Sherry Trifle, My Father and Other Liars, Salisbury Square and Buster & Moo. In addition I have published three anthologies of short stories and a memoir of my mother. More will appear soon. I will try and continue to blog regularly at geofflepard.com about whatever takes my fancy. I hope it does yours too. These are my thoughts and no one else is to blame. If you want to nab anything I post, please acknowledge where it came from.
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7 Responses to A Paean to Poets

  1. The only bit I recognized is Ozymandias. I love that line. Nice work with the rhymes 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  2. willowdot21 says:

    Brilliant, brilliant!!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. merrildsmith says:

    This is so clever! I love it!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Charli Mills says:

    The one I’m familiar with is Chaucerian verse. I even learned to read middle English. Otherwise my poetry exposure has been spotty.

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