I love Dead Poets society. Robin Williams quoting Walt Whitman in a picturesque school for privileged kids always got to me. How cool would it be going to that school. The truth is that Uncle Walt really inspired me. We read a lot of Whitman in High School and a lot of Frost. Today I'm going to share with you two poems that really touched me. The First one is by Whitman.
Aboard At A Ship's Helm
ABOARD, at a ship's helm,
A young steersman, steering with care.
A bell through fog on a sea-coast dolefully ringing,
An ocean-bell--O a warning bell, rock'd by the waves.
O you give good notice indeed, you bell by the sea-reefs ringing,
Ringing, ringing, to warn the ship from its wreck-place.
For, as on the alert, O steersman, you mind the bell's admonition,
The bows turn,--the freighted ship, tacking, speeds away under her
The beautiful and noble ship, with all her precious wealth, speeds
away gaily and safe.
But O the ship, the immortal ship! O ship aboard the ship! 10
O ship of the body--ship of the soul--voyaging, voyaging, voyaging.
The next poem we memorized. I have Walking By Woods on a Snowy Evening burned into my brain. It's a beautiful poem.
It's so true that I have miles to go before I sleep like everyone does. This is one of my favorite poems. Robert Frost was such a talented poet.
The poetry section was always dreaded by the kids in my class. I actually loved it, it gave me a chance to see the work of other poets and I ate that up. It's a great outlet for me to put my feelings on paper. You don't have to rhyme to be a poet you just have to take and put pen to paper and spill your guts out.
I hope you enjoyed the poems of Walt Whitman and Robert Frost maybe it will inspire you to write your own.