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One of Walt Whitman''s most loved and greatest poems, Song of Myself is an optimistic and inspirational look at the world. Originally published as part of Leaves of Grass in 1855, Song of Myself is as accessible and important today as when it was first written. Read Song of Myself and enjoy a true poetic masterpiece.
Book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1894. Excerpt: ... Chapter Page X. To Mrs Todd, Mrs Tuckerman, The Misses , Mr C. H. Clark, And Mrs Currier . (1882-1886) 430 Index 443 LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS Emily Dickinson''s Home Frontispiece Page Letter To Mr C. H. Clark, facsimile 355 LETTERS OF EMILY DICKINSON CHAPTER VI To the Misses AMONG the most natural and spontaneous of Emily Dickinson''s letters are these to her cousins. They are, perhaps, more than usually full of her real self, or one unmistakable phase of that elusive individuality. Many, indeed, are so completely personal that they are of necessity omitted, and the final letter has been reserved for the closing chapter. [January, 1859.] Since it snows this morning, dear L , too fast for interruption, put your brown curls in a basket, and come and sit with me. I am sewing for Vinnie, and Vinnie is flying through the flakes to buy herself a little hood. It''s quite a fairy morning, and I often lay down my needle, and ''build a castle in the air'' which seriously impedes the sewing project. What if I pause a little longer, and write a note to you! Who will be the wiser? I have known little of you, since the October morning when our families went out driving, and you and I in the dining-room decided to be distinguished. It''s a great thing to be ''great,'' L , and you and I might tug for a life, and never accomplish it, but no one can stop our looking on, and you know some cannot sing, but the orchard is full of birds, and we all can listen. What if we learn, ourselves, some day! Who indeed knows? said you had many little cares; I hope they do not fatigue you. I would not like to think of L as weary, now and then. Sometimes / get tired, and I would rather none I love would understand the word. . . . Do you still attend Fanny Kemble? ''Aaron Burr'' and father think her an ''animal,'' but I fear zoolog...
Book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1895. Excerpt: ... TO THE bowers whereat, in dreams, I see The wantonest singing birds, Arc lips -- and all thy melody Of lip-begotten words; Thine eyes, in Heaven of heart enshrined, Then desolately fall, O God! on my funereal mind Like starlight on a pall; Thy heart -- thy heart! -- I wake and sigh, And sleep to dream till day Of the truth that gold can never buy Of the bawbles that it may. rA DREAM IN visions of the dark night I have dreamed of joy departed, But a waking dream of life and light Hath left me broken-hearted. Ah! what is not a dream by day To him whose eyes are cast On things around him with a ray Turned back upon the past? That holy dream, that holy dream, While all the world were chiding, Hath cheered me as a lovely beam A lonely spirit guiding. What though that light, through storm and night, So trembled from afar, What could there be more purely bright In Truth''s day-star? ROMANCE ROMANCE, who loves to nod and sing With drowsy head and folded wing Among the green leaves as they shake Far down within some shadowy lake, To me a painted paroquet Hath been -- a most familiar bird --
Ralph Waldo Emerson is best known as being a leader of the transcendentalist movement, a philosophy that emerged in the mid 19th century in New England. Transcendentalism was a general protest against established society and culture at the time that sought an ideal spiritual state that ''transcends'' the physical and empirical and is only realized through the individual''s intuition, rather than through the doctrines of established religions. In this collection, which includes such favorite poems as The Rhodora, Uriel, The Humble-Bee, Earth-Song, Give All to Love, and Concord Hymn, the reader will find Emerson''s poetic expression of this philosophy. In total there are over 150 poems in this volume along with reproductions of the photogravures that accompanied the original edition.
Margaret F. Powers is the creator of the world-famous Footprints poem, an inspirational message inscribed on cards, calendars, and posters that is treasured by millions of people. As itinerant evangelists, she and her husband Paul travel throughout the world. They live in British Columbia.
Join Professor Helen Vendler in her course lecture on the Yeats poem Among School Children. View her insightful and passionate analysis along with a condensed reading and student comments on the course. Poet and critic are well met, as one of our best writers on poetry takes up one of the world''s great poets.Where other books on the Nobel laureate Seamus Heaney have dwelt chiefly on the biographical, geographical, and political aspects of his writing, this book looks squarely and deeply at Heaney''s poetry as art. A reading of the poet''s development over the past thirty years, Seamus Heaney tells a story of poetic inventiveness, of ongoing experimentation in form and expression. It is an inspired and nuanced portrait of an Irish poet of public as well as private life, whose work has given voice to his troubled times.With characteristic discernment and eloquence, Helen Vendler traces Heaney''s invention as it evolves from his beginnings in Death of a Naturalist (1966) through his most recent volume, The Spirit Level (1996). In sections entitled Second Thoughts, she considers an often neglected but crucial part of Heaney''s evolving talent: self-revision. Here we see how later poems return to the themes or genres of the earlier volumes, and reconceive them in light of the poet''s later attitudes or techniques. Vendler surveys all of Heaney''s efforts in the classical forms--genre scene, elegy, sonnet, parable, confessional poem, poem of perception--and brings to light his aesthetic and moral attitudes.Seamus Heaney''s development as a poet is inextricably connected to the violent struggle that has racked Northern Ireland. Vendler shows how, from one volume to the next, Heaney has maintained vigilant attention toward finding a language for his time--symbols adequate for our predicament, as he has said. The worldwide response to those discovered symbols suggests that their relevance extends far beyond this moment.
The City of Dreadful Night
This delightful anthology is a timeless collection of poems chosen by Classic FM listeners.With humorous limericks, romantic sonnets, traditional and modern classics, this book is a true refelction of the greatest and best-loved verse. Discover poems for special occasions, as well as poems to suit any mood.Whether you''re reading them for the first time or revisiting a classic, this is a selection to enchant, move and delight.Classic FM Favourite Poemsis an essential collection for every bookshelf.Poets include:Edward Lear, Sir John Betjeman, William Wordsworth, Robert Burns, William Shakespeare, Robert Frost, Pam Ayres, Hilaire Belloc, John Donne, Cole Porter, Jenny Joseph, Lord Byron.Which poem has topped the list? Will it be Keats or Yeats, Jenny Joseph or Oscar Wilde? Find out how your favourite poem has rated.
Kipling for Christians: A woefully inadequate selection of the works of Rudyard Kipling
An impassioned call for a return to reading poetry and an incisive argument for poetry’s accessibility to all readers, by critically acclaimed poet Matthew ZapruderIn Why Poetry, award-winning poet Matthew Zapruder argues that the way we have been taught to read poetry is the very thing that prevents us from enjoying it. He takes on what it is that poetry—and poetry alone—can do. In lively, lilting prose, he shows us how that misunderstanding interferes with our direct experience of poetry and creates the sense of confusion or inadequacy that many of us feel when faced with a poem.    Zapruder explores what poems are and how we can read them so that we can, as Whitman wrote, “possess the origin of all poems” without the aid of any teacher or expert. Most important, he asks how reading poetry can help us to lead our lives with greater meaning and purpose. Anchored in poetic analysis and steered through Zapruder’s personal experience of coming to the form, Why Poetry is engaging and conversational, even as it makes a passionate argument for the necessity of poetry in an age when information is constantly being mistaken for knowledge. While providing a simple reading method for approaching poems and illuminating concepts like associative movement, metaphor, and negative capability, Zapruder explicitly confronts the obstacles that readers face when they encounter poetry to show us that poetry can be read, and enjoyed, by anyone. 
Claire Meadows takes her reader on a dark and at times savage journey through a smoldering, hellish world where smoke, fire, illusion, and disillusion play their part, obscuring the light, keeping the voice in a state of perpetual darkness.
Charles Noble''s long poem playfully connects autobiography, narrative, philosophy, history, and satire and experiments with language and structure in a way that pushes the limits of contemporary poetry. Noble leaves no leaf unturned as he touches on issues related to contemporary Western society, including mass media culture, gender politics, postindustrial technology, and the politics of postmodern culture.
Poetry that grapples with the intersection of natural and cultural crises.In an age of record-breaking superstorms and environmental degradation, What Nature seeks-through poetry-to make sense of how we interact with and are influenced by nature. Shifting its focus from what has already been lost to what lies ahead, What Nature rejects the sentimentality of traditional nature poetry. Instead, its texts expose and resist the global iniquities that create large-scale human suffering, a world where climate change disproportionately affects the poorest communities. The intersection of natural and cultural crises-like Standing Rock''s fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline and the water crisis in Flint, Michigan-are confronted head on. These poems, lyric essays, and hybrid works grapple with political unrest, refugeeism, and resource exploitation, transforming the genre of ecopoetics.ContributorsKaveh Akbar, Zaina Alsous, Desirée Alvarez, Rae Armantrout, Aase Berg, Kyle Booten, Jericho Brown, Kyce Bello, Kayleb Rae Candrilli, Jesús Castillo,, Abigail Chabitnoy,Adam Day, Camille T. Dungy, Noah Dversdall, Gyrdir Elíasson, Tracy Fuad, Carolyn Guinzio, Amanda Hawkins, Sheikha Helawy, Claire Hero, Brenda Hillman, Joan Kane, Douglas Kearney, Benjamín Naka-Hasebe Kingsley, Nam Le, Diana Keren Lee, Adrian Lurssen, Matt Massaia, Iréne Mathieu, Ted Mathys, Christopher Nelson, Kathy Nilsson, Greg Nissan, Elsbeth Pancrazi, Sarah Passino, Rowan Ricardo Phillips, Roger Reeves, Evelyn Reilly, Emelia Reuterfors, Mutsuo Takahashi, Brian Tierney, Alissa Valles, Nicole Walker, Ellen Welcker
Touch Me: Poems and Lyrics
How did nineteenth-century poets negotiate the complex interplay between two seemingly antithetical modes—lyric and narrative? Narrative Means, Lyric Ends examines the solutions offered by four canonical long poems: William Wordsworth’s The Prelude, Lord Byron’s Don Juan, Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s Aurora Leigh, and Robert Browning’s The Ring and the Book. Monique Morgan argues that each of these texts uses narrative techniques to create lyrical effects, effects that manipulate readers’ experience of time and shape their intellectual, emotional, and ethical responses.To highlight the productive tension between the modes, Morgan defines narrative as essentially temporal and sequential, and lyric as creating an illusion of simultaneity. The poems reinforce their larger narrative strategies, she suggests, with their figurative language. Through her readings of these texts, Morgan questions lyric’s brevity and associability, interrogates retrospection’s importance for narrative, examines the gendered implications of several genres, and determines the dramatic monologue’s temporal structure. Narrative Means, Lyric Ends offers four case studies of the interactions between broad modes and among specific genres, changes our aesthetic and ideological assumptions about lyric and narrative, expands the domain of narratology, and advocates a renewed formalism.  
From one of the most prolific and engaged book reviewers in Canada over the past 15 years, this collection of essays and reviews showcases the literary insight of rob mclennan. The works of such Canadian poets as George Bowering, Margaret Christakos, and Barry McKinnon are addressed and analyzed, as is the status of Canadian poetry as a whole. Mclennan’s own investigations into the craft of writing are uncovered as well. Strikingly innovative and refreshingly communal, this compilation works as a whole to demonstrate how mainstream Canadian literature can be reconciled with the art of fringe authors.
This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1882. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... THE FESTIVAL OF GOOD CHEER; OR, CHRISTMAS MONOLOGUES. [FARMER.] Blow--blow--bushels o'' snow-- As if you had lost your senses! Rake with your might long winrows white, Along o'' my walls an'' fences! Hover and crowd, ye black-faced cloud! Your look''s with comfort mingled; The more o'' ye falls on these strong walls, The better my house is shingled. Swarm, swarm, pale bees o'' the storm! You bid the world look whiter; Your very ire but pokes my fire, And makes the blaze burn brighter! I ha'' worked away more ''n one hot day, With the harvest-forge a-glowing, To kindle the cheer of Summer here, When cold winds should be blowing. I ha'' braced my form ''gainst many a storm, When the gale blew helter-skelter-- O''er side-hills steep, through snow-drifts deep, I ha'' climbed, to make this shelter. My debts are raised, The Lord be praised! They left my old heart lighter; That mortgage I fed to the fire-mouths red-- And it made the flame burn brighter! There''s a smile that speaks, in the plump red cheeks Of the apples in these dishes; They go down square, with a business air Of consultin'' my stomach''s wishes. I am feelin'' the charms of comfort''s arms, Which never opened wider, With the sober frown of my doughnuts brown, And the laugh of my sweet - kept cider. (Of course I know that this all must go, In a whirl of death or sorrow; But there''s nothing lost in the work it cost, If I knew I should die to-morrow!) My mind will play, this Christmas-day, Round the sad-faced little stranger That smiled on thcm at Bethlehem; And I wish it had been my manger! I''d ha'' told ''em square to get out o'' there, For I hadn''t o''er-mnch o'' shed-room, And move that lad and what else they had, Straight into my parlor bedroom. ''Twas a story too true, and stranger, too, Thau fairy tale or fable; An awkwa...
Magnolia Leaves; Poems
LIMITED EDITION: only 2000 copies available. Deluxe hardback , with exclusive extra content and signed by Tim Minchin.A storm is brewing in the confines of a London dinner party. Small talk quickly descends into a verbal and intellectual battle between science and belief, as comedian Tim goes head to head with the mysterious fifth guest at the table - a hippy named Storm.With stunning original artwork, Tim''s sublime ranty beat-poem weaves through the world we live in, where alternative medicine is given credence and public funding, psychics have primetime TV exposure and people are happy with mystery rather than answers.While Storm herself may not be converted, audiences from London to Sydney have been won over by Tim''s lyrical wonders and the timely message of the piece in a society where science is attacked as the enemy of belief. STORM is the illustrated book born from the acclaimed internet sensation - the animation that has become an anthem for critical thinking worldwide, attracting over three million views. Now fully reimagined, STORM is a masterpiece that sparkles with beauty, wit, reason and rationality.Watch the video here:
Blossoms From a Japanese Garden; A Book of Child-Verses
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