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In honor of National Poetry Day (which happens to be March 21st - go figure), I have crafted a puzzle which I hope will do a small bit of justice to this day.

Carefully hidden in the four sections below (which may or may not be related) are the names of five of my favorite poets (admittedly, I have more than five). Some of the verse quoted below comes from well-known poets - but note that any author whose work appears in this puzzle is not one of the final five poets.


Section I

We should have a land of sun,

Of gorgeous sun,

And a land of fragrant water

But limped on, blood-shod. All went lame; all blind;

Drunk with fatigue; deaf even to the hoots 5

Of tired, outstripped Five-Nines that dropped behind.

Wast present, and, with mighty wings outspread,

Dove-like sat'st brooding on the vast Abyss,

And mad'st it pregnant: what in me is dark

Pouring as wide a flood 10

As when my brothers long ago,

Came with me to the wood.

As traceless as a thaw of bygone snow;

It seemed to mean so little, meant so much;

If only now I could recall that touch. 15

Section II

15.6.2--4.2.3--10.1.5--1.5.1--7.5.6--0.0.0--8.1.1--15.4.1--15.8.4--5.1.5--5.3.4--2.3.3--11.1.2--10.5.3--14.4.4

Section III

Ole pal Grenada

Section IV

My prefix is shiny and precious.

My infix is archaically long ago.

My suffix contains German beer.

I heard of something ending once,

So I wrote about it, of course!

Hints

Hint 1:

Some pretty big hints were here the whole time. I bet you never even saw them. Literally did not see them. Hmmm...


Again, the final answer is the names of five prominent poets. A complete answer is required for the checkmark (although partials are fine, as long as they are significant).

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  • $\begingroup$ Should the third-from-last line be bolded rather than code-formatted? $\endgroup$ – Deusovi Jun 9 at 9:22
  • $\begingroup$ @Deusovi nope, I don't think so. $\endgroup$ – Brandon_J Jun 9 at 12:58
  • $\begingroup$ Any comment on the answers so far? :-) $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor Jun 9 at 14:06
  • $\begingroup$ @Randal'Thor you and Omega are both on the right track. I'll wait a bit to drop a hint about the fifth poet (and the bonus sixth poet?) $\endgroup$ – Brandon_J Jun 9 at 17:40
  • $\begingroup$ Updated my answer following the hint. You sneaky devil :-) $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor Jun 13 at 15:24
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Section I

Lines 1-3:

"Our Land" by Langston Hughes.

Lines 4-6:

"Dulce et Decorum Est" by Wilfred Owen.

Lines 7-9:

"Paradise Lost" by John Milton.

Lines 10-12:

"Dirge" by Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Lines 13-15:

"The First Day" by Christina Rossetti.

So one of your favourite poets is

HOMER (the last names of these five form an acronym H, O, M, E, R).

Section II

Taking each three-number code $m.n.p$ to mean

the $p$th letter of the $n$th word of the $m$th line in the section above,

another of your favourite poets is

EMILY DICKINSON.

Section III

Another of your favourite poets is

EDGAR ALLAN POE, an anagram (I noticed the tag!) of the letters "Ole pal Grenada".

Thanks @Deusovi for help with this!

Section IV

Thanks to @OmegaKrypton for all but the suffix here.

My prefix is shiny and precious.

SILVER.

My infix is archaically long ago.

ERST.

My suffix contains German beer.

STEIN.

I heard of something ending once,
So I wrote about it, of course!

Apparently Shel Siverstein is famous for a poem entitled "Where the [Pavement] Ends".

Miscellaneous

Following Hint 1, we should

check the hidden text in the HTML markdown of the question. In Section I we should apparently look for "certain digits of a certain day" (the National Poetry Day mentioned in the intro) - as found by Bananenkopp in their answer this gives ROBERT FROST. Finally, as an extra bonus, there's a bit near the end which makes E. E. CUMMINGS (clued by lower-case writing style) the bonus sixth poet.

Summary

Five of your favourite poets are Homer, Emily Dickinson, Edgar Allan Poe, Shel Siverstein, and Robert Frost, with the extra bonus sixth of E. E. Cummings.

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    $\begingroup$ Section III must be rot13(rqtnenyyracbr). And I believe the fifth one might be rot13(senapvffpbggxrl, orpnhfr vs yvar guvegrra unf gur vapbeerpg sbeznggvat, gnxvat pbqr = N naq obyq = O sbezf uvf fheanzr va gur Onpba pvcure.) $\endgroup$ – Deusovi Jun 9 at 9:23
  • $\begingroup$ @Deusovi Section III - duh, that's one of my favourite poets too, I should've got it. Thanks! For the fifth one ... hmm, not totally convinced. That's not a well-known poet, and it relies on an error in the OP. I'll leave a comment on the question to confirm if there's an error ... oh wait, you already did :-) $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor Jun 9 at 10:13
  • $\begingroup$ @Deusovi just now saw your guess on the last poet. No bacon is needed to unlock the key ;). FWIW, rot13(gur pbqr-sbeznggrq yvarf va Frpgvba V rkvfg fbyryl sbe rnfr bs tbbtyvat naq rnfr bs rapvcurevat va gur arkg frpgvba. V zvtug unir whfg chg gur obyqrq yvarf, ohg l'nyy jbhyq unir unq n urpx bs gvzr svaqvat gur nhgube bs gur yvar "bs tbetrbhf fha.") $\endgroup$ – Brandon_J Jun 9 at 18:37
  • $\begingroup$ I'll go ahead and spill the beans. rot13(Gur fvkgu cbrg jnf bs pbhefr n serrovr gung jnfa'g ernyyl erdhverq, SLV. Naljnl. sbe gur svsgu cbrg: erzrzore, Cbrgel Qnl vf Znepu 21. Fb lbh gnxr gur frpbaq yrggre bs fbzrguvat gb trg gur svsgu cbrg, naq gur svefg yrggre bs gur nhgube'f anzrf gb trg "Ubzre.") $\endgroup$ – Brandon_J Jun 13 at 16:25
  • $\begingroup$ Also think slightly less precious and less colorful. :) Omega's got the correct solution for that poet. $\endgroup$ – Brandon_J Jun 13 at 16:26
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Section IV

SILVERSTEIN

My prefix is shiny and precious.

SILVER

My infix is archaically long ago.

ERST?

My suffix contains German beer.

STEIN. (thanks @Randal'Thor!)

I heard of something ending once,

So I wrote about it, of course!

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  • $\begingroup$ can anyone please explain the downvote? thanks! $\endgroup$ – Omega Krypton Jun 9 at 13:08
  • $\begingroup$ @BrandonJ is this correct? Thanks! $\endgroup$ – Omega Krypton Jun 11 at 4:21
  • $\begingroup$ Yep! Sorry - must not have seen the ping. My bad. $\endgroup$ – Brandon_J Jun 13 at 17:48
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Section I, the fifth Poet

As mentioned by Brandon_J in the comments, March 21 means "take the second letter of something". Well, take it from the bold lines of section I:

Of gorgeous sun,
Drunk with fatigue; deaf even to the hoots
Dove-like sat'st brooding on the vast Abyss,
As when my brothers long ago,
It seemed to mean so little, meant so much;


And now its getting cold: Its Robert Lee FROST

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    $\begingroup$ Good find! Thanks for the ping in comments on my answer, otherwise I might not have noticed this. $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor Jun 14 at 10:44

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