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October 19th, 2004
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Ok, I succumb to the poetry meme. But I will at least cut it



Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveller, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could.
To where it bent in the undergrowth,

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear,
Though as for that, the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I --
I took the one less travelled by,
And that has made all the difference.

Robert Frost



I couldn't find the other one I was looking for, and wonder if one of you could help (some of you must be my age) It was in my GCSE poetry anthology (OCR, probably 1998) and was about a girl and another girl who had been friends at school, and they meet again (on a bus?) and she's got books and the other has a boyfriend. Only it says it much better than that. Little snippets i seem to recall are "his arms around the full urn of her body" "the choices we made that we don't remember making". I'd really like to find that poem again, if only to see if it's any good, or if I had the taste of a 15 year old :-)

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From:chess
Date:October 19th, 2004 12:45 am (UTC)
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I *had* that anthology. Except it was in the box of books that I lost, so I don't have it with me.
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From:mair_aw
Date:October 19th, 2004 02:27 am (UTC)
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well, I took my GCSEs in 1997, and we had "The New Dragon book of verse", and we only studied war poetry.
My sister took hers in 1998, and *she* had "Touched with Fire" (I've got her copy now). A few of them I recognise. None of the marked pages contain anything like the one you mention.

Google knows about neither of the snippets you mention.
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From:cartesiandaemon
Date:October 19th, 2004 02:55 am (UTC)
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well, I took my GCSEs in 1997, and we had "The New Dragon book of verse", and we only studied war poetry.

Me too! No, that's an exagaration, we also studied Ted Hughes, who wrote some quite interesting poems.

The road not taken, Robert Frost

In my family we have a running joke that all poems are either by dad, or Robert Frost :)
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From:cartesiandaemon
Date:October 19th, 2004 02:58 am (UTC)
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I googled some variations on those lines to see if I could find the poem (My program is compiling slowly) and the second hit was "bikini girls young now" I'm never googling at work again :)
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From:like_achilles
Date:October 19th, 2004 03:13 am (UTC)
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That does ring a bell. It's not by Carol Ann Duffy, is it?
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From:atreic
Date:October 19th, 2004 05:33 am (UTC)
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I don't know - if I did I'd stand a better chance of finding it again :-)
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From:like_achilles
Date:October 19th, 2004 07:48 am (UTC)
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Ah, yeah, sorry :-). Can't for the life of me think of the title, but it is familiar. Sounds like her or Wendy Cope. I'm getting this from extremely vague memories of GCSE English, and the big blue anthology called Six Women Poets. I *think*.
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From:mair_aw
Date:October 19th, 2004 08:08 am (UTC)
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we had "six women poets" for a-level, but it doesn't have any carol ann duffy in it.
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From:ilanin
Date:October 19th, 2004 03:27 am (UTC)
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QEHS* does AQA English, unfortunately, or at least it did back then, so it isn't likely to be able to help, and nor can I. Pity.

My school. atreic's sixth form.
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From:mair_aw
Date:October 19th, 2004 04:45 am (UTC)
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well, there's this, if anything rings a bell
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From:satanicsocks
Date:October 19th, 2004 05:14 am (UTC)
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Pretty sure I did Edexcel English; most of our poems were war ones, too. It doesn't ring a bell. Right year though :)
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