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John Keats 1795 (Moorgate) – 1821 (Rome)

Where's the Poet? show him! show him,
Muses nine! that I may know him.
'Tis the man who with a man
Is an equal, be he King,
Or poorest of the beggar-clan
Or any other wonderous thing
A man may be 'twixt ape and Plato;
'Tis the man who with a bird,
Wren or Eagle, finds his way to
All its instincts; he hath heard
The Lion's roaring, and can tell
What his horny throat expresseth,
And to him the Tiger's yell
Come articulate and presseth
Or his ear like mother-tongue.

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  • Adora
    Nice poetry
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    Thank you
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    Great poem, no words to write. I am thinking about and reviewing it every log in. Thanks.
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    I was here when I was younger and entered a poetry contest and actually won 2nd place. I am so glad to be back.
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    I learned this in school
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      Hi, thank you for your valuable comment, what is it you learnt in school, English Literature or poetry, Thank you. Grahame
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    really missed Poetry.com had lots of poems posted there and had two of their badges
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    • Soulwriter
      so glad you're posting your stuff here on the new site now :)
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    • andylyle1
      Glad to have had my old posts recovered. Just had someone elses picture which I changed, Will have to post some new material
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    Maybe for ideas on how to improve this website have a look at gedichten.nl. There the poems are divided in categories: 'poëzie' (poetry from historic authors), 'gedichten' (poems considered of poetic quality by the editors of the website), netgedichten (poems written and contributed by people with an account for the website) and 'hartenkreten' (poetic disclosures of emotions). Also this site has the category 'snelsonnet', used for comments on current affairs in a sonnet of six lines. The categories each have a Top-5 that shows the 5 with highest number of views and highest number of review stars per period. 
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  • JennT
    I'm writing again, after the death of my father. Whom passed away from pancreatic cancer just over a year ago. I feel my poems could help others with their grief as writing them and reading them has me. My Shedding Greif, is the title to one of my poems. Please read and be inspired. Thank you! Jennie Lynn Thrush 
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      so sorry to hear for your loss. May your heart and soul find peace and comfort. we hope you will share with us your thoughts.
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      We're happy to have you on board and we can't wait to help you reach new creativity heights.
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    I'm a poet now and I write about almost everything, I can't keep track of all my poems so I have only posted two.
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    I was once a poetry.com writer 15-20 years ago and my poems are lost in the wind but I am back with some great new stuff. From love, darkness, and straight up strange. Hope you enjoy what I share with you all. Victoria 
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    • acronimous
      Awesome! Thanks so much for your warm words and trust — we’re truly excited to have you back!
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      absolutely! Just sign up and you're set to add your stuff.
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    • Dread
      I'm not sure why, but some places for poetry don't want you to post your work. Perhaps they just want people to talk about poetry. I had joined the old poetry.com about 20 years ago and it was always post-friendly. I've only bothered to have one of mine published and it was in poetry.com's publication in print and poetry read aloud. You should have a good experience here. 
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    New here, recent events have urged me to share a poem that has many meanings to me. I wrote it some time ago, but a new development has added new meaning that parallels my current situation. I thought that made it interesting enough to share. There are several underlying themes, but mainly I'd say it's about existence and mortality, god and science. I know this is very well covered and commonly written about, but I feel what I wrote offers a simple metaphor but is multi layered and fresh. 
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      Welcome! Please add your poem at: https://www.poetry.com/addpoem.php Enjoy our platform
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    Hello, am new here, just trying my hand at poetry and putting my thoughts here..
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    Hi, I published a ton of poems some years ago, will I ever get access to those again on this site? Thank you.
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    • acronimous
      Our team has made a tireless effort in the last few months to recover some of the old content from internet archive records, and indeed managed to save thousands of poem and poet records. You can use our search box to look for your old stuff, either by poet name or poem title, and also claim ownership for the findings by filling up a form. We do realize, that unfortunately, not all the material from the old days of Poetry.com will be available. 
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    Because it was grassy and wanted wear, Though as for that the passing there Had worn them really about the same, VERY WELL WRITTEN POEM ....KEEP ON WRITING
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    The path of gray or gold is worn in the end of day. That's what I got from this poem.
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    Thanks for Lovely Poem..
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    i am looking for an old poem from 2013, I think of you written by Naurine Shah
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    • rinat
      Dear harlow47, We are making an effort here trying to find a way to bring back some of the old poems -- we'll reach out with our findings in the next few weeks.
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    Where would I find poems I published years ago?
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    • rinat
      We are trying to find a way to bring back some of the old poems -- we'll reach out with our findings in the next few weeks...
      LikeReplyReport 75 months ago
  • martin_i
    I am sorry. I never had posted any of my poems here.
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    • rinat
      There's always a first time, so you are more than welcome to enjoy our platform..
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  • ToriRae
    Hi ive been trying to find the poetry that I wrote when it was poetry.com the original. But no luck can you help me. it would be under Tori Rae Tanner Thank you
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    • rinat
      Dear Tori Rae Tanner, We are making an effort here trying to find a way to bring back some of the old poems -- we'll reach out with our findings in the next few weeks.
      LikeReplyReport 45 months ago
    • ToriRae
      thank you.
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  • Amgleason91
    Hi I had submitted 2 poems probably around 2002 that received Editor's Choice Awards. I can not seem to find them. The one I am most concerned about finding is "Angels". Can you locate it for me please?? 
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  • iggyg85
    If I submitted a poem before I created an account, how can I get it linked to my account?
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    All Poetry Points I Love Poetry
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  • Lindylou17
    Hi some of my poetry submitted has been duplicated can this be sorted as there seems to be no edit and delete open to do this. With regards linda Walker
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  • utsickbrayden
    how do I get my poetry seen by more people and also how do I get my name on the poetry I submitted?
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    • acronimous
      This is exactly why we've created our promotion feature for: https://www.poetry.com/promotion.php
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  • olsimpson2202
    I have published a poem and put no picutre but its given me a random picture of a kid next to my name, how do i get rid of that?
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  • SarahRoseAllButOne
    I just signed. I published poems a bit earlier. Under my poems there is another poets account linked to it. Would you pls sort it out?
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    • acronimous
      Hi, can you please provide the links to the poems in question? I see two poems under your account: " AllButOne" & "Sara Rose"...
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    • SarahRoseAllButOne
      My links are https://www.poetry.com/poem/61071/allbutone https://www.poetry.com/poem/61073/searching-my-love https://www.poetry.com/poem/61075/one-more-dream https://www.poetry.com/poem/61076/sarah-rose Thank you so much. 
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    • acronimous
      All set!
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  • Angelic13
    I lost many poems , I can't find it. on poetry.com from 2003 and 2004. How I can find it. Thank you.
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    • rinat
      Dear Angelic13, We are trying to find a way to bring back some of the old poems -- we'll reach out with our findings in the next few weeks...
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  • Lindylou17
    I lost many poems and my name disappeared since this site has changed. Such a shame to lose all My poems
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    • acronimous
      Dear Linda, totally understand your frustration... We are making an effort here trying to find a way to bring back some of the old poems -- we'll reach out with our findings in the next few weeks.
      LikeReplyReport 36 months ago
    • LuvAn2Laff
      I too, was a winner , on behalf of the International Library of Poetry you have been selected to become a "United States of America 2006 Poetry Ambassador." I actually one several awards It would be nice if we were able to retrieve them. I am resigning up now Good luck all and happy writing. LuvAn2Laff 
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  • a.bold.beautiful.service
    Reading over some of my poetry, thought about International Poetry.com in 2004 when I entered my 1st competition and they sent me a $50.00 gift card. Welcome back!!! I was so excited to see a new beginning and ownership. I truly enjoyed the community then and hoping this continues throughout the years. 
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  • GrumpyIndian_1
    i HAVE SO MANY WORDS INSIDE ME,JUST LEARNING HOW TO PUT THEM TOGETHER.HOPE YOU CAN HELP ME ALONG THE WAY.CRITISIZM OR PRAISE,BOTH ARE WELCOME.I AM VERY GREEN.JANIS KIMREY
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  • sakhabula
    Thanks
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  • Ashleyink
    I just posted a poem before I made my account. Just wondering how I connect it to my page?
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  • 4zebra2u
    Hi I'm new here but not new to poetry, poetry platforms , both passive and interactive, being published and participating in over a hundred workshops. On that basis I do have some thoughts for what its worth in terms of your desire to create more dynamic engagement, relevance and expansion. I notice that with in a split second of posting a poem I have been favorited. I love attention but what does it mean if it is produced by a algorithm, and my fan is a cyborg? Do you think this site needs to create frequent and real interaction? Everyone wants attention, to be read and to be read by someone they respect and whos opinion strikes a chord and that they TRUST. One of the challenges of workshops is that there's lots of inexperienced writers critiquing each other. Its improbable that much is gained except frustration under those circumstances, although being favorited or kind comments by another is always encouraging. So the question remains how to create a structure to accomplish this if you want it? Nothing is easy, nothing is perfect. How does one hear criticism without feeling discouraged? Every light casts a shadow, yet with out dynamic interaction and those points of illumination there is only posting into a void and the emotional emptiness that comes with it. Perhaps these are something's you are already thinking about? Best Z 
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    • acronimous
      Dear Z, thanks for your feedback -- it's a true honor to have someone in your capacity and experience joining us -- welcome aboard! With regard to your suspicions about being favorite by a bot, I can assure you we're not going to play such games here -- there will be no monkey business whatsoever on the new Poetry.com website. What happened is that our new system is structured in a way that when a member creates a new poet record, he/she automatically becomes a fan of this author. This is done so any further interaction around this poet, such as future favorites by other members or comments posted on its work, will be communicated to the originated member. I hope that helps, and I'm looking forward to seeing more of your beautiful work posted... 
      LikeReplyReport 16 months ago
    • JhainDoh
      Hey love I just wanna say welcome. Its my first time on this platform but I know someone who has utilized their old platform. Maybe we can discover the newness of the site 2gether.
      LikeReplyReport6 months ago
    • 4zebra2u
      That sounds really good Jhain ... I thought about your suicide poem and it alluded yo. (between the lines) the idea of disjuncture or a kind of sensual letting go, dissolution and release. What do u think?
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    • 4zebra2u
      Thanks for getting back and I am my greatest fan unfortunately haahaahaa :) Aren't we all. Everybody wants to be heard, but hearing others carefully and being useful to them requires patience and discipline. We are not saints so we have to be coaxed into conversations and risk the complexity of the dialectic. Opinions make poets flammable. 
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    • JhainDoh
      thanks for insight. I agree. Death even in its unknown can be inviting when life has you as a target for tears. Thx for reading it. I hope it helps someone to pick up a pen vs pills.
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    • 4zebra2u
      Perhaps we all know death? Remember being before birth? Were we dead then and are we back? Is there conciousness with out time or a body of flesh and blood? Is there just sleep with cyclic awakenings, or is there nothing at all? Do we know anything, or do we just think we do? Form ...No form Form ...No form Form ...No form Are you a sacrificial Aztec princess ??? xoxoxoxox 
      LikeReplyReport 16 months ago
  • MoonFlowers
    I liked how the website was before. This is hard to navigate and it doesn’t feel like it’s meant for just anyone to share their poetry. Before it felt more open to anyone to share. Also how am I supposed to find poems that I don’t already know the name of? 
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    • acronimous
      We do appreciate your feedback -- this is only version 1.0 of the new Poetry.com, and we'll certainly do our best to improve it on next versions. In regards to the searching for poems without knowing their title, we also provide the option to search by poet name or within the poem content by keywords. 
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  • Supah_usa
    Everytime you change your site my poetry and name vanishes?
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    • acronimous
      We are trying to find a way to bring back some of the old poems -- we'll reach out with our findings in the next few weeks...
      LikeReplyReport6 months ago
  • Shanmcclain
    I loved it
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  • JhainDoh
    Welcome all New visitors to this site. I hope you read something inspirational and motivational. This is my 1st time exploring the site and posting some of my works. As I continue to explore I hope their are many networking possibilities on this site. 
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  • emongo_e
    i love it,
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  • John MacEwen
    Red lights green lights strawberry lime A girl just died and she was a friend of mine We used to sing and dance and twirl in the pines But now shes gone and she was a friend of mine laugh out loud and cry inside life’ so large... Who’s in charge lost track of time Now she’s gone. And she was a friend of mine I never thought I’d feel the way I do now I never thought I could feel so much pain Oh God please. Wait...God can’t stop the rain Now she’s gone and she was a friend of mine. 
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  • Hassan Hegazy
    Good work
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  • Emad Alzayat
    I have very nice poem for hospital work.
    LikeReplyReport 51 year ago
  • Iftikhar Ahmed
    Reading of beautiful poerty composed by all eminent poets is my lust.
    LikeReplyReport 11 year ago
  • Iftikhar Ahmed
    When I compose any poem it console my heart, mind and soul. I become fresh and feel a sense of pleasure and achievement. The use of rhymic beauty, alliterations, allegory and imagery causes extraordinary attraction in the poetry. I have a passionate lover of such a poetry. 
    LikeReplyReport 41 year ago
  • Lynn Dowless
    Often I feel that I am an observer of sight, a receiver of sensations, about which I write, and such is my only purpose in life. Who, pray tell dear one, shall be around to make the record when its all done? 
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  • Janet Grace Esson-Scott
    THERE IS ONLY ONE TRUE-RAS CARDO REGGAE- FROM TRENCH TOWN. WHY IS IT THAT YOU HAVE OTHERS USING HIS NAME? THIS MUST CHANGE TO SHOW THE TRUTH. THERE IS ONLY ONE- RICARDO (RAS CARDO)SCOTT ALSO FROM TRENCH TOWN WHO MENTORED BOB MARLEY AND PETER TOSH. THOSE USING HIS NAME AND COPYRIGHTED PROPRIETARY DESIGNATIONS MUST STOP. WHAT IS POSTED SO FAR USING HIS EMAIL ON QUOTES AND BIOGRAPHIES SEEMS TO BE OK AT THIS TIME. I LOOK FORWARD TO HEARING FROM YOU REGARDING THIS POSTING PROTECTION. SINCERELY. 
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  • Jahnique-Angel Hicks-Church
    RED LIGHT was written by myself ......... JAHNIQUE--NGEL....HICKS Thankyou
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  • Walter Jackson
    Most modern writers lack the skill and drive to possess our minds for very long. I want to be driven to think and having done so, realize another step in my life's dream.
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    • Jesus M Jacinto
      Yet the timeless in you is aware of life's timelessness. Because you conceive of time as a stream, a change within you, there is something which is changeless. You can call it timeless because you are accustomed to time being synonymous with change. That timeless within you, that unchanging within you is aware of the innermost core of existence too, is aware that all change is superficial. 
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  • Walter Jackson
    EmilyDickinson is one of my favorite writers as is Walt Whitman, different yet both tough the inner soul so resolutely.
    LikeReplyReport 12 years ago
  • Mark Verrell
    Would i trade the words to stand alone, and be a poet whose words stand in stone Would i trade words to keep me in verse and rythme For all time Would i trade the words to flip sonnet and lyre on the toss of a dime Yes i would trade words for sure to make it certain my words endure Yes id trade words that keep my words in place and bring a smile to your face 
    LikeReplyReport 12 years ago
  • Walter Jackson
    Hard to believe, but men at war like to remember their loves. As real as war and death are to a soldier; quiet moments in the trenches with a picture of a love is just as compelling and real!
    LikeReplyReport 13 years ago
  • Mark Verrell
    She is GREAT, TIMELESS. AN AMERICAN TREASURE
    LikeReplyReport 23 years ago
  • Walter Jackson
    He speaks well of sharing life as a soldier not just an officer. But the plain bread and salt too.
    LikeReplyReport 23 years ago
  • Walter Jackson
    Can't fault Kipling, reading him is like drinking spring water!
    LikeReplyReport 23 years ago
  • Mark Verrell
    I wasnt like you getting lost in the words of the poet.i wasnt like you being enthralled and taken by all those words and verses.i needed more warmth than that and more TRUTH,you know to tell you the truth i needed you the you without all that.yes i needed you more than you knew.more than romantic places and more than exotic artifacts and legends i needed you even when. There was nothing to gain when there was only a future of being shunned and disrespected i needed wanted you. Can you beat that 
    LikeReplyReport 13 years ago
  • Mark Verrell
    "your body makes eyes at me" has more zing
    LikeReplyReport 23 years ago

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