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We all heard of good opening lines for books, but how about poems?

>And indeed He seems to me >Scarce other than my king's ideal knight
From Idylls of the King by Tennyson

>> No.21289162

>>21289142
>helluva hard tay read theez init

Good Style by Tom Leonard

>> No.21289195

>>21289142
>Let us go then, you and I,
>When the evening is spread out against the sky
>Like a patient etherized upon a table;
-Eliot, The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock

>I weep for Adonais—he is dead!
-Shelley, Adonais

>My heart aches, and a drowsy numbness pains
>My sense, as though of hemlock I had drunk,
>Or emptied some dull opiate to the drains
>One minute past, and Lethe-wards had sunk:
-Keats, Ode to a Nightingale

>My mistress' eyes are nothing like the sun.
-Shakespeare, Sonnet 130.

>In Xanadu did Kubla Khan
>A stately pleasure-dome decree:
-Coleridge, Kubla Khan

>> No.21289395

>>21289142
>’Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
>Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
>All mimsy were the borogoves,
>And the mome raths outgrabe.

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>Weia! Waga! Woge, du Welle, walle zur Wiege! Wagalaweia! Wallala weiala weia!

>In his open letter to Friedrich Nietzsche of 12 June 1872 Wagner explained that Woglinde’s opening gambit is based on OHG heilawâc ( = water drawn from a river or well at some divinely appointed hour), recast by analogy with the eia popeia ( = hushabye) of children’s nursery rhymes.
>In conversation with Cosima, Wagner described this passage as ‘the world’s lullaby’ (CT, 17 July 1869), a reading already suggested by Opera and Drama, where the composer imputes the birth of language to a melodic vocalization.

>> No.21289452

>>21289142
>Boom, boom, boom, boom
The German Guns by Pvt S Baldrick c1917

>> No.21289458

>>21289142
>Favorite opening line in a poem
Do you really mean this — i.e. one line only? Or do you just mean favourite opening?

If the former, we need a line which stands alone grammatically. Plus it has to hit hard right out of the gate. But there still plenty of bangers:


Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?
— Shakespeare

Just for a handful of silver he left us
— R. Browning

The Asyrian came down like a wolf on the fold
— Byron

I work all day, and get half-drunk at night.
— Larkin

How shall I love thee? Let me count the ways
— E. Browning

Earth has not anything to show more fair
— Wordsworth

Love set you going like a fat gold watch.
— Plath

Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness
— Keats

I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky
— Masefield

What is the world, O Soldiers?
— de la Mare

And death shall have no dominion.
— Thomas


If we're allowed to go on to the second line, there's lots more to choose from, of course:


We are the pilgrims, master: we shall go
Always a little further
— Flecker

It is an ancient Mariner,
And he stoppeth one of three.
— Coleridge

I know that I shall meet my fate
Somewhere among the clouds I love
— Yeats

About suffering they were never wrong,
The Old Masters
— Auden

Now is the globe shrunk tight
Round the mouse’s dulled wintering heart.
— Hughes

As imperceptibly as grief
The summer lapsed away
— Dickinson

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