John Keats wrote an amazing poem called "Ode to a Nightingale." After reading it, Edmund Clarence Stedman once described it as "...the nearest to perfection, the one that I would surrender last of all."
I thought that was a very powerful critique, that he would "surrender it last of all." The phrase took on special meaning to me, because it doesn't necessarily mean your "favorite book" or anything like that. To me, I think it means the book or poem that had the greatest effect on you, the one that you hold closest to your heart.
So, my question to you is...
What book/poem/essay/scrap of writing would you "surrender last of all?"
MIne is definitely a toss up between "Dover Beach" by Matthew Arnold or "It's Kind of a Funny Story" by Ned Vizzini.
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I can't pick just one, it's impossible. So I'll name some of my favorites.
Paper Towns & Looking for Alaska by John Green, Tweak by Nic Sheff, all Harry Potter books, The Maze Runner trilogy, Going Bovine, the Maximum Ride series, the Perks of being a Wallflower, and Thirteen Reasons Why.
Those are just some of the better books I've had the pleasure of reading. I recommend all of them.
I forgot It's Kind of a Funny Story, but that's one too!
1.The Man Who Loved the Faioli
2. A Rose for Ecclesiastes - both by Roger Zelazny