Hey y’all, today I wanna talk about poems to you. Some of you might find this boring, especially you teenagers because it isn’t “cool” anymore. I’m a teenager, and I happen to love poems. I recently rekindled my relationship with poems due to a recent unit about WW1 in school. Part of the unit was to listen/read poems from soldiers who served in WW1 and I absolutely loved reading these poems. We had a similar unit in 5th grade, and I actually found my favorite poem, that I forgot about until now! I read it in 5th grade and now heard it in a movie called “The Soldier Poets”. The poem is called “I Have a Rendezvous with Death” by Alan Seeger, an American soldier who served in WW1 in the French army, as he lived in Paris at the time when the war broke out. Here is the poem:

I have a rendezvous with Death   
At some disputed barricade,   
When Spring comes back with rustling shade   
And apple-blossoms fill the air—   
I have a rendezvous with Death
When Spring brings back blue days and fair.   
It may be he shall take my hand   
And lead me into his dark land   
And close my eyes and quench my breath—   
It may be I shall pass him still.
I have a rendezvous with Death   
On some scarred slope of battered hill,   
When Spring comes round again this year   
And the first meadow-flowers appear.   
God knows ‘twere better to be deep 
Pillowed in silk and scented down,   
Where love throbs out in blissful sleep,   
Pulse nigh to pulse, and breath to breath,   
Where hushed awakenings are dear...   
But I’ve a rendezvous with Death
At midnight in some flaming town,   
When Spring trips north again this year,   
And I to my pledged word am true,   
I shall not fail that rendezvous.
- Alan Seeger


Alan Seeger (young age)

I think the verses are beautifully written and heartbreakingly forlorn. At the moment, it is my absolute favorite poem.

I believe students should be brought closer to poems, and taught to understand and value them. I think they can help the student to think creatively and give them an opinion from another perspective.

What I love the most about poems is the mysterious air of them, when you have to read between the lines to understand the meaning. I see it as a game, of finding out what the poet meant when writing the verses. I am looking forward to buying “Immortal Poems of the English Language” by Oscar Williams (a poet himself) later on today, to get an input of the classic poems throughout the ages, as I’m still pretty new to the topic. If any of you have recommendations, please comment them below so I can check them out! 🙂

x C


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