Some say in ice.
From what I've tasted of desire
I hold with those who favor fire.
But if it had to perish twice,
I think I know enough of hate
To say that for destruction ice
Is also great
And would suffice.
If I had to pick, I would definitely choose Robert Frost as my favorite poet. At times I've feared that it's too much of a conventional choice, but I love the poems, so who cares. This is one of my favorites. I memorized it in high school for no particular reason. In 7th grade I had to memorize "Nothing Gold Can Stay" when we read The Outsiders, and that was the beginning of my love for Mr. Frost. For some reason I memorized a lot of his poems in high school and they are still with me (mostly). I believe part of the appeal for me is like the poem I wrote about a few months ago-"Keep a Poem in Your Pocket." For me I always read that more figuratively-the keep a poem at the ready when you need it. Frost's poems have always been there for me. They are soothing in their rhyme and steadying rhythm.
Who are your favorite poets? Do you ever memorize poems or have any still in your head from school days? Kids usually hate memorizing poems in school-it always stressed me out. But memorizing them for yourself is much different. What value does it hold today when we can find the text of a poem at the click on a mouse?