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Shadow Poet possess strong and attractive personalities. They fall into two principle types: one shy, sensitive, gentle and patient; the other exuberant, lively and exhibitionist, sometimes hiding the considerable depths of his character under a cloak of frivolity. Both sides are strong willed and forceful in their different ways and have strong convictions, though as he seeks truth above all things, he is usually honest enough to change his opinions, however firmly held, if evidence comes to light which persuades him that he has been mistaken. He has a breadth of vision that brings diverse factors into a whole, and can see both sides of an argument without shilly-shallying as to which side to take. Consequently he is unprejudiced and tolerant of other points of view. This is because he can see the validity of the argument, even if he doesn't accept it himself. He obeys the Quaker exhortation to "Be open to truth, from whatever source it comes," and is definitely prepared to learn from everyone. His qualities are humane, frank, serious minded, genial, refined, sometimes ethereal, and idealistic, though this last quality is tempered with a sensible practicality. He's also quick, active and persevering without being self-assertive, and express himself with reason, moderation and sometimes, a dry humor. He is nearly always intelligent, concise, clear and logical and has been known by his peers as strongly imaginative and psychically intuitive. Shadow Poet's philosophical and spiritual bent may be dangerous in that they may drive him into an ivory-tower existence where he'll meditate on abstractions that bear little relevance to life. On the other hand it can help him have scientific leanings to combine these with the yearning for the universal recognition of the brotherhood of man, and to embark on scientific research to fulfill his philanthropic ideals of benefiting mankind. When some cause or work of this nature inspires him, he is capable of such devotion to it that he may drive himself to the point of exhaustion and even risk injuring his health. He needs to retire from the world at times and to become a temporary loner. He also appreciates opportunities for meditation. Even in company he is fiercely independent, refusing to follow the crowd. He dislikes interference by others, however helpfully intended, and will accept it only on his own terms. Normally he has good taste in drama, music and art, and is also gifted in the arts, especially drama. In spite of the often intensely magnetic, forthcoming and open personality of his more extrovert side, and of his desire to help humanity, he does not make friends easily. He sometimes appears too condescend to others and takes too little trouble to cultivate the acquaintance of people who do not particularly appeal to him. He does not give himself easily - perhaps his judgment of human nature is too good for that - and is sometimes accounted cold. But once he decides that someone is worthy of his friendship or love, he can exert an almost hypnotic and irresistible mental attraction on them and will himself become a tenacious friend or lover, ready to sacrifice everything for his partner and be faithful to them for life. However, he is sometimes disappointed emotionally because his own high personal ideals cause him to demand more of others than is reasonable. And if he is deceived his anger is terrible. If disillusioned, he will not forgive. Among his faults to which they are liable are fanatical eccentricity, wayward egotism, excessive detachment and an inclination to retreat from life and society, and a tendency to be extremely dogmatic in his opinions. Shadow Poet can be a threat to all he surveys or a great boon for humanity in general. Circumstances - for example, continuous opposition to a cause he holds dear - may cause the atrophy of the openness of mind that is one of the poet's most attractive traits. He may express a lack of integrity in broken promises, secretiveness or cunning. Simmering anger and resentment, rudeness or, worse, a tense, threatening silence which may suddenly burst out in eruptions of extreme temper, these are all part of the negative side of Shadow Poet. This can also reveal itself in a sustained hatred for enemies that is capable of enlarging itself into a misanthropy toward the whole of mankind. ...this is Shadow Poet.
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Here's a list of a few groups I like: Audioslave, H.I.M, Staind, Three Days Grace, Candlebox, Creed, Seether, Finger Eleven, Foo Fighters, Marilyn Manson, Aerosmith, Matchbox Twenty, Nickelback, Nirvana, The Offspring, Limp Bizkit, Linkin Park, Metallica, AC/ DC, Third Eye Blind, Korn, Disturbed, Godsmack, Popa Roach, Stone Sour etc, etc...
Favorite TV Shows:
And some TV shows I watch: Supernatural, Smallville, Law and Order: SVU, House, Reaper, Two and a Half Men, King of The Hill, Southpark etc...
Favorite Movies:
Movies I like? Here's a few: The Crow, Pulp Fiction, True Romance, House of 1,000 Corpses, The Matrix Trilogy, Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves, Waiting, Dazed and Confused, Detroit Rock City, The Professional, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, Groundhog Day, Napoleon Dynamite, Secondhand Lions, Rockstar, The Family Man etc, etc...
Favorite Quotes:
Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash. ~Leonard Cohen Poetry is a deal of joy and pain and wonder, with a dash of the dictionary. ~Kahlil Gibran Ink runs from the corners of my mouth There is no happiness like mine. I have been eating poetry. ~Mark Strand, "Eating Poetry," Reasons for Moving, 1968 There's no money in poetry, but then there's no poetry in money, either. ~Robert Graves, 1962 interview on BBC-TV, based on a very similar statement he overheard around 1955 Poetry is what gets lost in translation. ~Robert Frost Imaginary gardens with real toads in them. ~Marianne Moore's definition of poetry, "Poetry," Collected Poems, 1951 A poem is never finished, only abandoned. ~Paul Valéry He who draws noble delights from sentiments of poetry is a true poet, though he has never written a line in all his life. ~George Sand, 1851 Always be a poet, even in prose. ~Charles Baudelaire, "My Heart Laid Bare," Intimate Journals, 1864 Poets are soldiers that liberate words from the steadfast possession of definition. ~Eli Khamarov, The Shadow Zone Poetry is the journal of the sea animal living on land, wanting to fly in the air. Poetry is a search for syllables to shoot at the barriers of the unknown and the unknowable. Poetry is a phantom script telling how rainbows are made and why they go away. ~Carl Sandburg, Poetry Considered Poetry is a mirror which makes beautiful that which is distorted. ~Percy Shelley, A Defence of Poetry, 1821 Poetry is nearer to vital truth than history. ~Plato, Ion Out of the quarrel with others we make rhetoric; out of the quarrel with ourselves we make poetry. ~W.B. Yeats Poetry is to philosophy what the Sabbath is to the rest of the week. ~Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare, Guesses at Truth, by Two Brothers, 1827 The distinction between historian and poet is not in the one writing prose and the other verse... the one describes the thing that has been, and the other a kind of thing that might be. Hence poetry is something more philosophic and of graver import than history, since its statements are of the nature rather of universals, whereas those of history are singulars. ~Aristotle, On Poetics Poetry is a packsack of invisible keepsakes. ~Carl Sandburg Poetry should... should strike the reader as a wording of his own highest thoughts, and appear almost a remembrance. ~John Keats A poet can survive everything but a misprint. ~Oscar Wilde To see the Summer Sky Is Poetry, though never in a Book it lie - True Poems flee. ~Emily Dickinson The poet is in the end probably more afraid of the dogmatist who wants to extract the message from the poem and throw the poem away than he is of the sentimentalist who says, "Oh, just let me enjoy the poem." ~Robert Penn Warren, "The Themes of Robert Frost," Hopwood Lecture, 1947 A poem begins with a lump in the throat. ~Robert Frost Poetry is the key to the hieroglyphics of Nature. ~Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare, Guesses at Truth, by Two Brothers, 1827 ever been kidnapped by a poet if i were a poet i'd kidnap you put you in my phrases and meter.... ~Yolande Cornelia "Nikki" Giovanni, Jr., "kidnap poem" Poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world. ~Percy Byshe Shelley A prose writer gets tired of writing prose, and wants to be a poet. So he begins every line with a capital letter, and keeps on writing prose. ~Samuel McChord Crothers, "Every Man's Natural Desire to Be Somebody Else" The Dame School of Experience, 1920 Poetry is man's rebellion against being what he is. ~James Branch Cabell A poet is an unhappy being whose heart is torn by secret sufferings, but whose lips are so strangely formed that when the sighs and the cries escape them, they sound like beautiful music... and then people crowd about the poet and say to him: "Sing for us soon again;" that is as much as to say, "May new sufferings torment your soul." ~Soren Kierkegaard "Therefore" is a word the poet must not know. ~André Gide The poem is the point at which our strength gave out. ~Richard Rosen It is the job of poetry to clean up our word-clogged reality by creating silences around things. ~Stephen Mallarme The true poet is all the time a visionary and whether with friends or not, as much alone as a man on his death bed. ~W.B. Yeats If the author had said "Let us put on appropriate galoshes," there could, of course, have been no poem. ~Author Unknown Poetry heals the wounds inflicted by reason. ~Novalis The smell of ink is intoxicating to me - others may have wine, but I have poetry. ~Abbe Yeux-verdi There is poetry as soon as we realize that we possess nothing. ~John Cage Only the poet has any right to be sorry for the poor, if he has anything to spare when he has thought of the dull, commonplace rich. ~William Bolitho Who can tell the dancer from the dance? ~William Butler Yeats Most painters have painted themselves. So have most poets: not so palpably indeed, but more assiduously. Some have done nothing else. ~Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare, Guesses at Truth, by Two Brothers, 1827 Poetry is the language in which man explores his own amazement. ~Christopher Fry If Galileo had said in verse that the world moved, the inquisition might have let him alone. ~Thomas Hardy The poet doesn't invent. He listens. ~Jean Cocteau Everything one invents is true, you may be perfectly sure of that. Poetry is as precise as geometry. ~Gustave Flaubert Wanted: a needle swift enough to sew this poem into a blanket. ~Charles Simic The only problem with Haiku is that you just get started and then ~Roger McGough To have great poets there must be great audiences too. ~Walt Whitman Even when poetry has a meaning, as it usually has, it may be inadvisable to draw it out.... Perfect understanding will sometimes almost extinguish pleasure. ~A.E. Housman Perhaps no person can be a poet, or can even enjoy poetry, without a certain unsoundness of mind. ~Thomas Babington Macaulay Poetry is the revelation of a feeling that the poet believes to be interior and personal which the reader recognizes as his own. ~Salvatore Quasimodo You can't write poetry on the computer. ~Quentin Tarantino Each man carries within him the soul of a poet who died young. ~Sainte-Beuve, Portraits littéraires, 1862 Poets are mysterious, but a poet when all is said is not much more mysterious than a banker. ~Allen Tate Browsing the dim back corner Of a musty antique shop Opened an old book of poetry Angels flew out from the pages I caught the whiff of a soul The ink seemed fresh as today Was that voices whispering? The tree of the paper still grows. ~Pixie Foudre You will find poetry nowhere unless you bring some of it with you. ~Joseph Joubert God is the perfect poet. ~Robert Browning Science is for those who learn; poetry, for those who know. ~Joseph Roux, Meditations of a Parish Priest Poetry is an echo, asking a shadow to dance. ~Carl Sandburg The worst fate of a poet is to be admired without being understood. ~Jean Cocteau, Le Rappel á l'ordre, 1926 Poetry is life distilled. ~Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry is thoughts that breathe, and words that burn. ~Thomas Gray He lives the poetry that he cannot write. The others write the poetry that they dare not realise. ~Oscar Wilde Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words. ~Robert Frost You don't have to suffer to be a poet. Adolescence is enough suffering for anyone. ~John Ciardi, Simmons Review, Fall 1962 Poetry is all that is worth remembering in life. ~William Hazlitt A poet's autobiography is his poetry. Anything else is just a footnote. ~Yevgeny Yentushenko, The Sole Survivor, 1982 A poem is true if it hangs together. Information points to something else. A poem points to nothing but itself. ~E.M. Forster, Two Cheers for Democracy, 1951 Poetry is not always words. ~Audrey Foris Genuine poetry can communicate before it is understood. ~T.S. Eliot, Dante, 1920 Poetry is the art of substantiating shadows. ~Edmund Burke Poets are like baseball pitchers. Both have their moments. The intervals are the tough things. ~Robert Frost Poetry, like the moon, does not advertise anything. ~William Blissett The poet sees things as they look. Is this having a faculty the less? or a sense the more? ~Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare, Guesses at Truth, by Two Brothers, 1827 Happiness is sharing a bowl of cherries and a book of poetry with a shade tree. He doesn't eat much and doesn't read much, but listens well and is a most gracious host. ~Astrid Alauda Like a piece of ice on a hot stove the poem must ride on its own melting. ~Robert Frost A poet looks at the world the way a man looks at a woman. ~Wallace Stevens, Opus Posthumous, 1957 We don't read and write poetry because it's cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for. Dead Poet's Society A sold poem loses half its meaning. ~Glade Byron Addams Poetry is not a turning loose of emotion, but an escape from emotion; it is not the expression of personality, but an escape from personality. But, of course, only those who have personality and emotions know what it means to want to escape from these things. ~T.S. Eliot, Tradition and the Individual Talent, 1919 If conditions aren't right The poem won't come out It will sit inside and stew And emerge a different beast. ~Ed Northstrum Each memorable verse of a true poet has two or three times the written content. ~Alfred de Musset, Le Poète déchu, 1839 Poetry is ordinary language raised to the nth power. Poetry is boned with ideas, nerved and blooded with emotions, all held together by the delicate, tough skin of words. ~Paul Engle, New York Times, 17 February 1957 I don't create poetry, I create myself, for me my poems are a way to me. ~Edith Södergran There is as much difference between good poetry and fine verses, as between the smell of a flower-garden and of a perfumer's shop. ~Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare, Guesses at Truth, by Two Brothers, 1827 Mr Witwould: "Pray, madam, do you pin up your hair with all your letters? I find I must keep copies." Mrs Millamant: "Only with those in verse.... I never pin up my hair with prose." ~William Congreve, The Way of the World I would as soon write free verse as play tennis with the net down. ~Robert Frost, 1935 Poetry is not a civilizer, rather the reverse, for great poetry appeals to the most primitive instincts. ~Robinson Jeffers Poets are like magicians, searching for magical phrases to pull rabbits out of people's souls. ~Glade Byron Addams He who writes prose builds his temple to Fame in rubble; he who writes verses builds it in granite. ~Edward Bulwer-Lytton The word "Verse" is used here as the term most convenient for expressing, and without pedantry, all that is involved in the consideration of rhythm, rhyme, meter, and versification... the subject is exceedingly simple; one tenth of it, possibly may be called ethical; nine tenths, however, appertains to the mathematics. ~Edgar Allan Poe The poem... is a little myth of man's capacity of making life meaningful. And in the end, the poem is not a thing we see - it is, rather, a light by which we may see - and what we see is life. ~Robert Penn Warren, Saturday Review, 22 March 1958 A poem should not mean But be. ~Archibald MacLeish, Ars Poetica, 1926 Your prayer can be poetry, and poetry can be your prayer. ~Noelani Day It is a sad fact about our culture that a poet can earn much more money writing or talking about his art than he can by practicing it. ~W.H. Auden Breathe-in experience, breathe-out poetry. ~Muriel Rukeyser I grew up in this town, my poetry was born between the hill and the river, it took its voice from the rain, and like the timber, it steeped itself in the forests. ~Pablo Neruda, quoted in Wall Street Journal,, 14 November 1985 You can tear a poem apart to see what makes it tick.... You're back with the mystery of having been moved by words. The best craftsmanship always leaves holes and gaps... so that something that is not in the poem can creep, crawl, flash or thunder in. ~Dylan Thomas, Poetic Manifesto, 1961 Poets aren't very useful Because they aren't consumeful or very produceful. ~Ogden Nash If you got to talking to most cowboys, they'd admit they write 'em. I think some of the meanest, toughest sons of bitches around write poetry. ~Ross Knox What is a Professor of Poetry? How can poetry be professed? ~W.H. Auden Children and lunatics cut the Gordian knot which the poet spends his life patiently trying to untie. ~Jean Cocteau It's impossible to write poetry in front of the TV Almost impossible not to write in the sun In the woods, every breath is a poem The words form in the sunbeams, to those who look for them. ~Daisey Verlaef Mathematics and Poetry are... the utterance of the same power of imagination, only that in the one case it is addressed to the head, in the other, to the heart. ~Thomas Hill The crown of literature is poetry. It is its end and aim. It is the sublimest activity of the human mind. It is the achievement of beauty and delicacy. The writer of prose can only step aside when the poet passes. ~W. Somerset Maugham A true poet does not bother to be poetical. Nor does a nursery gardener scent his roses. ~Jean Cocteau Everything in creation has its appointed painter or poet and remains in bondage like the princess in the fairy tale 'til its appropriate liberator comes to set it free. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson A poet must leave traces of his passage, not proof. ~Rene Char [A poem] begins in delight and ends in wisdom. ~Robert Frost, "The Figure a Poem Makes," Collected Poems of Robert Frost, 1939 Poetry comes with anger, hunger and dismay; it does not often visit groups of citizens sitting down to be literary together, and would appal them if it did. ~Christopher Morley, John Mistletoe The poet, as everyone knows, must strike his individual note sometime between the ages of fifteen and twenty-five. He may hold it a long time, or a short time, but it is then that he must strike it or never. School and college have been conducted with the almost express purpose of keeping him busy with something else till the danger of his ever creating anything is past. ~Robert Frost [P]oets are masters of us ordinary men, in knowledge of the mind, because they drink at streams which we have not yet made accessible to science. ~Sigmund Freud Poetry is the rhythmical creation of beauty in words. ~Edgar Allan Poe To be a poet is a condition, not a profession. ~Robert Frost If Painting be Poetry's sister, she can only be a sister Anne, who will see nothing but a flock of sheep, while the other bodies forth a troop of dragoons with drawn sabres and white-plumed helmets. ~Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare, Guesses at Truth, by Two Brothers, 1827 Poetry is the synthesis of hyacinths and biscuits. ~Carl Sandburg Poetry is the art of uniting pleasure with truth. ~Samuel Johnson Our poetry in the eighteenth century was prose; our prose in the seventeenth, poetry. ~Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare, Guesses at Truth, by Two Brothers, 1827 I've written some poetry I don't understand myself. ~Carl Sandburg The poet is a liar who always speaks the truth. ~Jean Cocteau Publishing a volume of verse is like dropping a rose-petal down the Grand Canyon and waiting for the echo. ~Don Marquis Come voyeur my poems Feel free, I feel free. ~Carrie Latet No poems can please for long or live that are written by water-drinkers. ~Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus), Satires The poetry of the earth is never dead. ~John Keats A poet dares be just so clear and no clearer.... He unzips the veil from beauty, but does not remove it. A poet utterly clear is a trifle glaring. ~E.B. White The poet... may be used as a barometer, but let us not forget that he is also part of the weather. ~Lionel Trilling, The Liberal Imagination, 1950 If you've got a poem within you today, I can guarantee you a tomorrow. ~The Quote Garden Poetry is nobody's business except the poet's, and everybody else can fuck off. ~Philip Larkin Poetry is language at its most distilled and most powerful. ~Rita Dove Poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese. ~G.K. Chesterton A poet's work is to name the unnameable, to point at frauds, to take sides, start arguments, shape the world, and stop it going to sleep. ~Salman Rushdie Poetry is plucking at the heartstrings, and making music with them. ~Dennis Gabor

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