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A Familiar Letter

Rating: 3.1

YES, write, if you want to, there's nothing like trying;
Who knows what a treasure your casket may hold?
I'll show you that rhyming's as easy as lying,
If you'll listen to me while the art I unfold.

Here's a book full of words; one can choose as he fancies,
As a painter his tint, as a workman his tool;
Just think! all the poems and plays and romances
Were drawn out of this, like the fish from a pool!

You can wander at will through its syllabled mazes,
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Terence George Craddock 31 January 2010

Yes an easy read but, oh how times have changed. Was not Alfred Lord Tennyson the last poet to achieve real wealth and fame writing poetry? Is 'Well; imagine you've printed your volume of verses: Your forehead is wreathed with the garland of fame, ' such fame achievable now, unless the rhyme is sung lyrical, as so many poetic songs are. Does 'Each morning the post brings you autograph letters; You'll answer them promptly, - an hour isn't much For the honor of sharing a page with your betters, With magistrates, members of Congress, and such.' seem realistic today? This poem is also wonderful for highlighting the changes. We need no address to comment on any poet on his site and communication is instant delivery. Anyone out there written a poem on this?

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Stijn Ownd 31 January 2011

This is one of the n00best poems is ever read

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Manonton Dalan 31 January 2012

it sounds like a grandpa talking to his beloved about haves, have nots, do's and don'ts of writing. very truthful in way so pipe it yourself it gives something to smile for cold morning. where's that rhyming tarantula that bit me? lol

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great poem. i like it very much.

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Arek Star 31 January 2011

This is a very inspiring poem, as I see, for new poets. It is definitely one of the best poems ever to be self made. But I think it might be a little too long.....

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Aremo Abiodun Best 11 July 2016

amazing piece of artistry

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Frank Avon 31 January 2015

Well, I ordinarily don't care much for the Fireside poets. Traditional rhyming poems like this usually irritate me. Poems this long I expect to tell a story or have a gripping appeal. From all I've read about Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., his father was not a very admirable man or likable father. But, in spite of all this, I must admit this is delightful. I can't understand why we weren't given this in all those American literature anthologies that were foisted upon us with most of the words never to so clever, humorous, appealing, even inspiring in its own way. I wish it had a more appropriate title; maybe, more intriguing or connotative or indicative of the content and tone of the poem: I might have suggested The Rhyming Tarantula.

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Earl Childers 30 April 2013

I might be posting twice here. Sorry, I didn't know I had to create an account first. Is there a place online that I can read about who Sybil was in A Familiar Letter?

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* Sunprincess * 25 October 2012

beautifully written love the rhyming and definitely will read a second time.. :)

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