Valerie Dohren

Veteran Poet - 2,713 Points (13 January 1947 / Southport)

........ On Poetry


Such princely and linguistic feats
As penned by Shelley, Byron, Keats
Though rich and eloquently grand
Are oft` too deep to understand

Their thoughts expressed through poetry
In prose or perfect symmetry
Bewilder yet this humble mind
Their meaning, hidden, still to find

So if ungilded words convey
Each message that they would portray
Then simple verses should reveal
The inspiration that I feel

And thus may every scholar read
Between each line, their hearts to feed,
Unfolding there in simple style
This heart`s endeavour to beguile

Submitted: Thursday, February 16, 2012

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  • Freshman - 1,537 Points John Richter (1/7/2015 12:05:00 PM)

    Amen! I think the gap comes as a function of the colloquial speech of our separate times but more so of the romantic period's insistence on the use of form. (Exquisite poem btw...) Not only are they using words that are either unfamiliar to us - several generations removed - or also those which have changed informal meaning - but they are stuffing them into boxes to make them conform to some (imo) random constraints of some poetic form or another. It is hard enough to decipher our own contemporary poets when squeezing words to fit let alone someone from two centuries ago. But I will agree that their poetry is most beautiful - even if some of their personalities were not.... (Report) Reply

  • Bronze Star - 7,152 Points Daniel Brick (4/11/2014 3:16:00 AM)

    Your poem raises a vexed question concerning the sheer difficulty of understanding the preliminary, surface meaning, much less symbolic, psychological, mythic levels, of many poems. However, I just keep reading and re-reading and do not surrender. There are still passages in Shelley, a favorite of mine, I do not understand. Someday I might. In the meantime, I stay close to the poet by staying close to the words. Your approach is also fruitful. You wrote a poem about opaque poems in language that is simple and direct and thoroughly satisfying. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 1 Points Charles Monroe (3/21/2014 6:19:00 PM)

    Of men and rats and mice and men
    Then there's a woman named Dohren
    The words of Valerie are ours
    Before the canon ball devours
    I've come to grips with bloods and crips
    Of every poison gauntlet sips
    From the un to the Romantic
    From the Gulf or the Atlantic
    I've sufficed my appetites
    Over lunch and satellites
    While the words we weave will woe
    Silent kept shall overthrow
    May we never be redundant
    While our Dohren is abundant.
    P.X
    3.21.14 (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 84 Points Yash Shinde (3/18/2014 12:06:00 PM)

    ....your poems have passed in doing so, it has fulfilled all your expectations.....great wrk dear (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 482 Points Mike Barrett (12/14/2013 1:14:00 PM)

    Wow, really neat! I loved it. You have the gift!

    If you find the time, check out my poem with the same title.

    Keats is my favorite poet of all time. His greatness comes not only through his poetry (there are some of his poems I'm not too crazy about) , but his comments on poetry contained in letters he wrote to friends and family. Thanks again. Ciao!

    (I re-sent this comment because I wanted to clarify the first message and correct a couple of typos. I detest the comment submission procedure on this site - especially the number of wrong verification code flags even when there's a correct match of those numbers!) (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 11,060 Points Ramesh Rai (7/17/2013 10:25:00 AM)

    i agree with sister Shahzia. beautifully crafted with humble ink.
    warm regards (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 1,087 Points Soumita Sarkar (6/15/2013 1:03:00 AM)

    a hub of inspiration..............the court of majestic poetry..........Million Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 3 Points Paul Fowler (6/13/2013 3:59:00 PM)

    Fantastic Valerie. Your line Are oft too deep to understand is a good reflection on many people's views on poetry and what turns them off. Brilliant! : -) (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 12 Points Farah Ilyas (6/7/2013 12:31:00 PM)

    very delightful poem, good effort to shape ur thoughts in words, ums everything up so magnificently..10+= (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points David Williams (4/14/2013 12:10:00 PM)

    Val, I think this sums up poetry as a whole, good rhyme and metre, I wrote one called The Poetry Club I might post it here, very well done...David (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 261 Points Adeline Foster (3/25/2013 3:56:00 PM)

    In reading this, I just had to comment; but I see I already have and I still love it. Read mine - An Emily Dickinson Theory -
    Adeline (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 12,168 Points Roseann Shawiak (2/26/2013 2:07:00 AM)

    Wonderful poem, creating music to my mind, flowing through life eternal. Very good, I really enjoyed this one it's inspiring with gentle humor.. (Report) Reply

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