This book fills in the box for a book of poetry, of course. It was more interesting reading poetry than I imagined, because I never liked poetry as much as I liked novels.
Four of my favourite poems from this book are Crossing the Bar by Alfred, Lord Tennyson, High Country Weather by James K. Baxter, Sea-Fever by John Masefield and Refugee Blues by W.H. Auden.
The main reasons why I preferred those four poems over others, is because even though they seem quite simple, they are very deep once you dig deeper, as most poems are, and have a large amount of emotion within them.
Crossing the Bar is one of the last poems written by Alfred, Lord Tennyson, and is about the crossing from life to death. My favourite line from the poem is ‘I hope to see my Pilot face to face When I have crost the bar.’
High Country Weather is a simple poem, but it grabs your attention and refuses to let go. The line ‘Yet see the red-gold cirrus Over snow-mountain shine’ allow the reader to imagine beyond the poem, which along with the rest of the lines, makes the poem unforgettable.
Sea-Fever by John Masefield is a poem that is about the sea. The poem’s wording allows you to imagine all that is described within, and beyond the three verses of the poem. My favourite lines were ‘And all I ask is a merry yarn from a laughing fellow-rover And quiet sleep and a sweet dream when the long trick’s over.’ There was no particular reason why I liked this line the most, it just stood out.
Refugee Blues by W.H. Auden is about Jewish refugees fleeing from Nazi Germany. The poem shows the amount of discrimination the characters in the poem faced, and the hopelessness they felt. My favourite verse from this poem is ‘Dreamed I saw a building with a thousand flows, A thousand windows and a thousand doors: Not one of the was ours, my dear, not one of them was ours.’
Even though it’s not something I learnt from the contents of the book, I have leant that poetry is just as great as fiction, and I had no reason to not read it before. I enjoyed this book a lot, and I will definitely read more poetry in the future.
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