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Posted: 05 October 2005 at 11:01pm | IP Logged Quote Papa Cosa

  I was reading about exercies to get the word-blood pumping.  The article mentioned Ray Bradbury reads poetry.  Who else does this?  You all?

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Posted: 06 October 2005 at 12:08am | IP Logged Quote hijo

Papa C: without a doubt, I love reading poetry to get the word-blood pumping.

I'm a big fan of Auden, Frost, Elliott, etc. My mother loaned me her "Little Treasury of Poetry" that she received as a birthday present in 1947. I treasure it myself. And my father gave me a copy of his poetry of social conscience, which includes of all things "Men of Harlec," the Welsh anthem, and "Scots Wa Hae," the original version of Robert Bruce's speech to his men at the Battle of Banochburn (as told by Robert Burns) that Mel Gibson boiled down to "You fought for him, will you fight for me?"

You tell me, does Gibson's distillation make the blood boil like "Scot's Wa Hae at Banochburn ... Will ye fight where Wallace bled, or will ye die where Wallace fled? Welcome to yer gorry bed, or to victory!"

And of course, The Bard's amazing speech in Henry V, for my money best played by Kenneth Branaugh: "We few, we happy, happy few....upon this, St. Crispin's Day..."

Then, of course, there's John Donne: "No man is an island..."

Guess I answered your question, didn't I?

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