Don't smile you to hear
Poems about poems,
Means the poems
We take them, read them,
Assess and come to understand them,
Critically appreciate them
Simply or strugglingly.
I want to write poems about poems
The poems which moved me,
The poems which I loved to read,
The poems I admired and appreciated them,
Can it be not a film about films,
A story about stories?
Let us now,
As the readings are, understandings but myths,
A poem can be about Wordsworth's The Daffodils,
Herrick's To Daffodils, Eliot's The Hollow Men,
Yeats' Sailing to Byzantium, Up-hill by Rossetti,
Tennyson's The Brook and Break, Break, Break,
Arnold's Shakespeare, Shakespeare's My Mistress' Eyes,
Auden's Look, Stranger.
A poem can be about poems, the impact
And enchantment we carry down
As memories and images,
Can be about Herbert's Virtue, Longfellow's A Psalm of Life,
Bunyan's He That Is Down Needs Fear No Fall,
Wolfe's The Burial of Sir John Moore At Corunna,
Spenser's One Day I Wrote Her Name, Wyatt's Forget Not Yet,
Mare's Martha, Masefield's Sea Fever, Lear's Mr.Lear.
A poem about poems, how I read, who made me understand
Just as a memory, a reflection over,
How did I, struggled to understand simply
Or with help from, my experiences of, my feelings thereafter,
On reading, O Captain! My Captain! by Whitman,
Hardy's Afterwards, The Darkling Thrush,
Browning's My Last Duchess, The Last Ride Together,
Plath's Daddy, Hughes' Hawk Roosting.
Topic(s) of this poem: art
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