Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Characters

Top Ten TuesdayGUYS GUYS GUYS GUESS WHAT!  It’s that Day after Monday, also known as TUESDAY!  (Don’t mind me, I may have had some caffeine today, and as I mostly gave it up, I get a little hyper when I do have it)  Top Ten Tuesday is sponsored by The Broke and the Bookish, and clicking on the above picture will transport you to their magical land.

This week we get to pick our top ten favorite characters from ANY genre we want.  I kind of don’t like open-ended lists like these, because there are sooo many genres that I like, and so many characters that I like!  I think I might go a bit off the beaten path this week, though.  Easy genres I considered were Paranormal, YA, Historical Fiction, and Literature.  I think, though…I’m going to go with:

Top Ten Favorite Characters in Poetry
Sponsored by That Shel Silverstein book underneath my coffee table

1.  Sarah Cynthia Silvia Stout from Sarah Cynthia Silvia Stout Would not Take the Garbage Out (from Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein)–her name is awesome and she got crushed by a tower of garbage she refused to take out.  Awesome.  Plus, it was written by Shel Silverstein, who was one of the best children’s poets *ever*

2.  The Highwayman from The Highwayman by Alfred Noyes–growing up, we had a set of Childcraft books, which had all sorts of fun things in them–short stories, poems, plays, science stuff, maps, and more.  LOVED those books, and vol. 2 of the set had this epic poem in it.  The Highwayman loved the Innkeeper’s Daughter, and caused them to come to a tragic end.  Awesome poem.

3.  The Giving Tree from The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein–it’s going to take all of my willpower to not have the rest of this list be Shel Silverstein characters, because I loved loved loved his poems growing up.  And the Giving Tree gave all he had to the boy he loved.  So sad, I cry every time I read it.

4.  Beowulf from Beowulf–We had to read this for English my Junior year, I think.  It took a while to get into it, but once I did…whew, I read the majority of the poem in one sitting.  While the “do this and I’ll give you my daughter” motif wouldn’t fly in today’s world, there’s just something…powerful about it.  RAWR!

5.  The Greek/Roman Gods–subject of many many (too many to list!) poems, I’ve always been fascinated by Greek and Roman mythology, and went through a phase in high school where I read everything I could get my hands on about them–poems, stories, etc.

6.  Father William from Father William by Lewis Carroll–Father William takes everything that the youth says and does it–he stands on his head, turns a somersault, eats an entire goose, and more, just to prove that being old doesn’t mean you have to ACT old.  It’s a fun poem to read, and I believe it was also made into a song.

7.  Hiawatha from Hiawatha’s Childhood by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow–Hiawatha learns the language of the forest as a small child from Nokomis in this poem.  It’s a gentle poem, and I loved to read it when I was in elementary school!

8.  Johnny Appleseed from Apple-Seed John by Lydia Maria Child-another childhood favorite about America’s favorite nomad.

9.  Little Abigail from Little Abigail and the Beautiful Pony (from A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein)–Little Abigail DIED because her parents wouldn’t buy her the beautiful pony she saw when they were out for a drive.  I’m sure most little girls have felt this way when Mom and Dad said that she couldn’t have a pony for her birthday!

10.  “She” from an untitled trilogy of poems by…ME!–Freshman year of college I wrote a series of poems written from the POV of a guy who loved a girl who wanted to die, and managed to convince him to kill her.  The first poem is written just after his capture by police after the murder, the second during the trial, and the third I think is while he was in jail.  She is an amorphous character who is already dead by the opening of the first poem, but is the driving force behind all of them.  I should have a special “poetry day” in my journal and post them poems.  I think I know where they are.



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  1. Great idea! Very original list.

    • thanks! It was harder to do than I thought it would be, but it was really fun remembering all those poems I loved growing up (grown up poetry doesn’t really have much in the way of characters…:D)

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