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Farewell, farewell! but this I tell

To thee, thou Wedding-Guest!

He prayeth well, who loveth well

Both man and bird and beast.


He prayeth best, who loveth best

All things both great and small;

For the dear God who loveth us,

He made and loveth all.

A lot of students think that poetry is a crock, believe it’s just something that, unfortunately you have to do during school, and have a ‘the sooner it’s over the better’ attitude towards it. There are, however some beautiful poems out there, such as Do not go gentle into that good night by Dylan Thomas, and The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, part of which is shown above. Even if the poetry itself does not appeal to you, perhaps you can take an interest in the weird and wonderful characters that many poets were. For instance, Dylan Thomas was a loner as a child but as an adult was famous (or infamous) for his passionate public readings and arguments with the public, and he was also an alcoholic to boot. In fact, he died in 1953 from alcoholism - try reading his poetry with all that in mind!