Elena Plotkin

Homer At The Start - Poem by Elena Plotkin

If you recall it was Homer at the start,
then Aeschylus, bless his tragic heart,
gave Sophocles and Euripides the tragic bug,
while Aristophanes felt a more comedic tug.
And although Menander kept comedy fresh and new,
It was Philemon's comedy people respected and knew.
Virgil, Horace, and Ovid always commanded a lot of respect.
But when it came to Catullus, no one knew what to expect.
And while Gellius inspired an Aesop fable with Attic Nights.
It was only Aesop himself who could reach greater heights.
And while Dante was a true advocate for writing in the vernacular,
It was Chaucer's bawdy humor people found thrilling and spectacular.
And when the Bard Shakespeare emerged with sonnets, prose, and plays,
His popularity and success went unmatched even these modern of days.
However, we must admit without Milton no paradise will ever be complete.
And without the flamboyant Molière no farce could ever be as sweet.
Blake, Burns, Shelley, Wordsworth, Longfellow, Byron, Keats and Thoreau,
Whitman, Emerson, Dickenson, Poe, Thomas, Frost, and Yeats, we all love and know.
But it was Swift, Hugo, Dickens, Shelley, Austen, Twain, Stevenson, Welles, and Verne,
That made our imagination soar and the pages so eagerly and swiftly turn.

(c) 2016 Copyright Elena Plotkin

Topic(s) of this poem: books, read

Poet's Notes about The Poem

No big budget Movie or TV program can compete with the images your brain conjures up while you are reading.

Comments about Homer At The Start by Elena Plotkin

  • Bri Edwards (11/18/2016 1:46:00 PM)

    not Homer......................................................Simpson! ?

    i like the Poet's Notes. i'm not sure i agree with you, BUT a book or other writing certainly can achieve the portrayal of a scene for much less money, if not in a way as spectacular or beautiful as a movie or TV show can.
    and you don't need a machine to 'watch' a book, just eyes and maybe eyeglasses, and enough light! of course you DO need the text on paper or on a screen, or a reasonable facsimile (plastic sheeting, papyrus, slate, etc.)

    i like the gradually bulging form of the poem, as though it is pregnant, which of course it is......with thoughts
    you have about your topic.

    many of these names i am not familiar with, OR, as my English teacher would correct me: i am not familiar with many of these names. ha ha

    OK, i read the names over...again, and i AM familiar a bit with most of them, but probably have read little if anything from many/most? of them.

    i plan to send to Valsa George at least, a retired English professor and PH friend.

    favorite line:

    That made our imagination soar and the pages so eagerly and swiftly turn.

    to MyPoemList for sure. and my invitation to share in a showcase is always waiting as long as the showcase exists under my command!

    bri :)
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  • Bri Edwards (11/17/2016 2:31:00 PM)

    i have one minute to read and comment. yikes! ! !

    WOW! a super write. but where are Edwards and Plotkin? ? ?

    to MyPoemList and i'll share with a friend or two too!
    bri :)
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  • Kumarmani Mahakul (1/19/2016 5:22:00 PM)

    Imagination soars and the pages eagerly and swiftly turn. This is entirely wonderful drafting shared on with reality. Wise sharing done here.10 (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Poem Edited: Wednesday, May 11, 2016

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