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What is your favorite poem and why?

Poems may be the keys to understanding how the invisible pieces of our soul fit together. Poems are tools that help us not only to understand ourselves but also the world around us.

As Amartya Sen said - "If one can find the right poem, quoting someone else can be as much an expression of one's deeper self as anything one can write oneself."

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  • Nov 27 2011: Whitman loved life and found such soulful inspiration in every corner of it.
    His poetry has a cadence that puts the reader deeply in touch with the subject matter.
    For me, "A Clear Midnight" is that space in between awake and asleep. It describes a winding down of thought and has always felt like a personal lullaby, the gift of a clear conscious and the promise of a good nights sleep.
    There is a gentleness to Whitman that I have always loved.

    A Clear Midnight

    THIS is thy hour O Soul, thy free flight into the wordless,
    Away from books, away from art, the day erased, the lesson done,
    Thee fully forth emerging, silent, gazing, pondering the themes thou
    lovest best.
    Night, sleep, and the stars.

    Walt Whitman
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      Nov 28 2011: I do adore his the song of myself, the strong voice he uses and the way he puts the thoughts into words is just amazing...A clear midnight is also great, applies to me and my hectic life:)

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