The Top 500 Poems

Author: William Harmon

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780231080286

Category: Poetry

Page: 1132

View: 8721

Poems by Chaucer, Shakespeare, Wordsworth, Dickinson, Hughes, Plath, and others are accompanied by biographical sketches and commentary
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The Classic Hundred Poems

All-time Favorites

Author: William Harmon

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 9780231112598

Category: Poetry

Page: 360

View: 8168

Gathers the most frequently anthologized English and American poems, including those by Keats, Shakespeare, Frost, Wordsworth, Dickinson, Shelley, Yeats, Tennyson, Emerson, and Browning
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Classic Writings on Poetry

Author: William Harmon

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231503229

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 560

View: 2179

The poet is the sayer, the namer, and represents beauty. He is a sovereign, and stands on the centre.—Ralph Waldo Emerson, from "The Poet" "[The poet] is a seer.... he is individual... he is complete in himself.... the others are as good as he, only he sees it and they do not. He is not one of the chorus. "—Walt Whitman, from the preface to Leaves of Grass Poetry has always given rise to interpretation, judgment, and controversy. Indeed, the history of poetry criticism is as rich and varied a journey as the history of poetry itself. But classic writings such as Emerson's essay "The Poet" and Whitman's preface to Leaves of Grass serve as more than a critical "call and response": the works are striking examples of how the finest poets themselves have written on poetics and the works of their peers and predecessors—revealing, in the process, much about the theory and passion behind their own works. Spanning thousands of years and including thirty-three of the most influential critical essays ever written, Classic Writings on Poetry is the first major anthology of criticism devoted exclusively to poetry. Beginning with a survey of the history of poetics and providing an introduction and brief biography for each reading, esteemed poet and critic William Harmon takes readers from Plato's Republic and Aristotle's Poetics to the Norse mythology of Snorri Sturluson's Skáldskaparmál. John Dryden's An Essay of Dramatic Poesy and Shelley's A Defence of Poetry are included, as is an excerpt from Elizabeth Barrett Browning's verse novel Aurora Leigh, arriving, finally, at the modernist sensibility of "Poetic Reality and Critical Unreality," by Laura (Riding) Jackson. For anyone interested in the art and artifice of poetry, Classic Writings on Poetry is a journey well worth taking.
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Poetry of the American West

Author: Alison Hawthorne Deming

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 9780231103879

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 392

View: 833

One hundred fifty poems by seventy-five poets offer an inclusive collage of voices--protest poems of the Chicano farmworkers' movement, campfire cowboy songs, sacred Native American songs, and works by Willa Cather, Langston Hughes, Adrienne Rich, and other canonical figures----from a land where cultural collision is part of the rugged landscape.
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The Four Hundred Songs of War and Wisdom

An Anthology of Poems from Classical Tamil, the Purananuru

Author: George L. Hart,Hank Heifetz

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 023151252X

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 320

View: 939

Two prominent translators present the first complete English-language edition of one of India's greatest works of classical literature: the Purananuru. This anthology of four hundred poems by more than 150 poets between the first and third centuries CE in old Tamil—the literary language of ancient Tamilnadu—was composed before Aryan influence had penetrated the south. It is thus a unique testament to pre-Aryan India. Beyond its importance for understanding the development of South Asia's history, culture, religion, and linguistics, the Purananuru is a great work of literature, reflecting accurately and profoundly the life of southern India 2,000 years ago. One of the few works of classical India that confronts life without the insulation of a philosophical facade and that makes no basic assumptions about karma and the afterlife, the Purananuru has universal appeal. It faces the world as a great and unsolved mystery, delving into living and dying, despair, love, poverty, and the changing nature of existence. To this hidden gem of world literature George L. Hart and Hank Heifetz add a helpful appendix, an annotated bibliography, and an excellent introduction describing the work and placing it in its social and historical context.
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Tamil Love Poetry

The Five Hundred Short Poems of the Ainkurunuru, an Early Third Century Anthology

Author: Martha Ann Selby

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231150652

Category: FICTION

Page: 200

View: 2312

Dating from the early decades of the third century C.E., the Ainkurunuru is believed to be the world's earliest anthology of classical Tamil love poetry. Commissioned by a Cera-dynasty king and composed by five masterful poets, the anthology illustrates the five landscapes of reciprocal love: jealous quarreling, anxious waiting and lamentation, clandestine love before marriage, elopement and love in separation, and patient waiting after marriage. Despite its centrality to literary and intellectual traditions, the Ainkurunuru remains relatively unknown beyond specialists. Martha Ann Selby, well-known translator of classical Indian poetry and literature, takes the bold step of opening this anthology to all readers, presenting crystalline translations of 500 poems dense with natural imagery and early examples of South Indian culture. Because of their form's short length, the anthology's five authors rely on double entendre and sophisticated techniques of suggestion, giving their poems an almost haikulike feel. Groups of verse center on one unique figure, in some cases an object or an animal, in others a line of direct address or a specific conversation or situation. Selby introduces each section with a biographical sketch of the poet and the conventions at work within the landscape. She then incorporates notes explaining shifting contexts. Excerpt: He has gone off all by himselfbeyond the wasteswhere tigers used to prowland the toothbrush trees grow tall,their trunks parched,on the flinty mountains, while the lovely folds of your loins, wide as a chariot's seat, vanish as your circlet worked from gold grows far too large for you.
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Poems Bewitched And Haunted

Author: John Hollander

Publisher: Everyman's Library

ISBN: 1400043883

Category: Poetry

Page: 256

View: 3196

An anthology of fantastical and ghostly poems spans some three thousand years of literary explorations of the supernatural in works by Homer, Ovid, Edgar Allan Poe, Emily Dickinson, Virgil, Charles Baudelaire, Randall Jarrell, and James Merrill, among others.
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Erotic Poems from the Sanskrit

An Anthology

Author: N.A

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231545460

Category: Poetry

Page: N.A

View: 4795

Classical Sanskrit literature boasts an exquisite canon of poetry devoted to erotic love. In Erotic Poems from the Sanskrit, noted translator and scholar R. Parthasarathy curates a selection in a new verse translation that introduces readers to Sanskrit poetry in a modern English vernacular. The volume features works by seventy-two poets, including seven women poets and thirty-five anonymous poets, primarily composed between the fourth and seventeenth centuries. It includes a detailed introduction that guides readers through Sanskrit poetic forms and explains how to read and appreciate the poems in English. Erotic Poems from the Sanskrit seeks to represent the breadth of Sanskrit poetry through the ages and to present a cohesive, thematically unified selection when read as a whole. The works in this volume depict licit and illicit love, speaking to the joys and sorrows of consummation and separation and a broader cultural celebration of the pleasures of the flesh. Often sexually explicit, they are replete with recurrent scenarios and striking tactile, visual, and olfactory images, whose resonance and use as motifs across eras are expertly explained. Parthasarathy shows that Sanskrit poets are our contemporaries despite the centuries that separate us, as they speak simply and passionately to a wide range of human experience. Erotic Poems from the Sanskrit offers English-speaking readers an enticing and tantalizing initiation into the riches and beauty of this venerable poetic tradition.
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An International Anthology of Five Centuries of Short-Short Stories, Prose Poems, Brief Essays, and Other Short Prose Forms

Author: Alan Ziegler

Publisher: Persea Books

ISBN: 9780892554324

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 318

View: 4279

Dating back to the sixteenth century, an anthology of short stories, poems, and other abbreviated writings includes the work of over two hundred contributors, including Edgar Allan Poe, Virginia Woolf, Franz Kafka, and Dave Eggers.
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Austerity Measures

The New Greek Poetry

Author: Karen Van Dyck

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0241250633

Category: Poetry

Page: 496

View: 7992

'I remember caresses, kisses, touching each other's hair. We had no sense that anything else existed' - Elena Penga, 'Heads' 'Nothing, not even the drowning of a child Stops the perpetual motion of the world' - Stamatis Polenakis, 'Elegy' Since the crisis hit in 2008, Greece has played host to a cultural renaissance unlike anything seen in the country for over thirty years. Poems of startling depth and originality are being written by native Greeks, émigrés and migrants alike. They grapple with the personal and the political; with the small revelations of gardening and the viciousness of streetfights; with bodies, love, myth, migration and economic crisis. In Austerity Measures, the very best of the writing to emerge from that creative ferment - much of it never before translated into English - is gathered for the first time. The result is a map to the complex territory of a still-evolving scene - and a unique window onto the lived experience of Greek society now.
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China's Classic Anthology of T'ang and Sung Dynasty Verse

Author: Red Pine

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781556591952

Category: History

Page: 474

View: 514

Poetry is China’s greatest art, and for the past eight centuries Poems of the Masters has been that country’s most studied and memorized collection of verse. For the first time ever in English, here is the complete text, with an introduction and extensive notes by renowned translator, Red Pine. Over one hundred poets are represented in this bilingual edition, including many of China’s celebrated poets: Li Pai, Wang Wei, Tu Fu, Wang Po, and Ou-yang Hsiu. Poems of the Masters was compiled during the Sung dynasty (960–1278), a time when poetry became the defining measure of human relationships and understanding. As Red Pine writes in his introduction: "Nothing was significant without a poem, no social or ritual occasion, no political or personal event was considered complete without a few well-chosen words that summarized the complexities of the Chinese vision of reality and linked that vision with the beat of their hearts . . . [Poetry’s] greatest flowering was in the T’ang and Sung, when suddenly it was everywhere: in the palace, in the street, in every household, every inn, every monastery, in every village square." "Chiupu River Song" by Li Pai My white hair extends three miles the sorrow of parting made it this long who would guess to look in a mirror where autumn frost comes from Red Pine (the pen name of writer and independent scholar Bill Porter) is one of the world’s most respected translators of Chinese literature, bringing into English several of China’s central religious and literary texts: Taoteching, The Diamond Sutra, Zen Teachings of Bodhidharma, and Collected Songs of Cold Mountain. He lives near Seattle, Washington.
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The Landings at Suvla Bay, 1915

An Analysis of British Failure During the Gallipoli Campaign

Author: Michael J. Mortlock

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 0786430354

Category: History

Page: 250

View: 5291

This work is an extensive analysis of the 1915 British landing at Suvla Bay, one of the most mismanaged and ineffective operations of World War I. Chapters examine the events that led to the landings on the Gallipoli peninsula, provide a comprehensive report on the landings themselves, and analyze the events and decisions contributing to their failure. Appendices provide first-hand accounts of the landings from period news articles, military documents and personal correspondence.
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Embracing the Spirit Within

Author: E. V. Elder

Publisher: FriesenPress

ISBN: 1770976698

Category: Poetry

Page: 264

View: 8227

A journey of discovery and revelation... A passion for life resonates in every heart. We experience it as a deep longing for union with some Greater Power. Deeper still is God's yearning for us. And this mutual desire, the birthright of us all, is our spirituality. Embracing the Spirit Within is an exceptional blend of personal stories, biblical passages, poetry, and meditative reflections. It expounds on the transformations that characterize life and the unwavering Love that empowers us to discover of our own inner truth, goodness, and beauty. At the heart of the book is a timeless message: The more we trust our inner light, the greater our contribution to the world.
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The Shorter Columbia Anthology of Traditional Chinese Literature

Author: Victor H. Mair

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231505620

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 704

View: 3663

With its fresh translations by newer voices in the field, its broad scope, and its flowing style, this anthology places the immense riches of Chinese literature within easy reach. Ranging from the beginnings to 1919, this abridged version of The Columbia Anthology of Traditional Chinese Literature retains all the characteristics of the original. In putting together these selections Victor H. Mair interprets "literature" very broadly to include not just literary fiction, poetry, and drama, but folk and popular literature, lyrics and arias, elegies and rhapsodies, biographies, autobiographies and memoirs, letters, criticism and theory, and travelogues and jokes.
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Monster Verse

Poems Human and Inhuman

Author: Tony Barnstone,Michelle Mitchell-Foust

Publisher: Everyman's Library

ISBN: 0375712402

Category: POETRY

Page: 256

View: 644

"An anthology of poems from around the world and across the ages about monsters and fantastical creatures"--
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Literary Research and the American Realism and Naturalism Period

Strategies and Sources

Author: Linda L. Stein,Peter J. Lehu

Publisher: Scarecrow Press

ISBN: 0810861410

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 319

View: 8550

Literary Research and the American Realism and Naturalism Period: Strategies and Sources will help those interested in researching this era. Authors Linda L. Stein and Peter J. Lehu emphasize research methodology and outline the best practices for the research process, paying attention to the unique challenges inherent in conducting studies of national literature.
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Classical Chinese Poetry

An Anthology

Author: David Hinton

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

ISBN: 1466873221

Category: Poetry

Page: 512

View: 1545

With this groundbreaking collection, translated and edited by the renowned poet and translator David Hinton, a new generation will be introduced to the work that riveted Ezra Pound and transformed modern poetry. The Chinese poetic tradition is the largest and longest continuous tradition in world literature, and this rich and far-reaching anthology of nearly five hundred poems provides a comprehensive account of its first three millennia (1500 BCE to 1200 CE), the period during which virtually all its landmark developments took place. Unlike earlier anthologies of Chinese poetry, Hinton's book focuses on a relatively small number of poets, providing selections that are large enough to re-create each as a fully realized and unique voice. New introductions to each poet's work provide a readable history, told for the first time as a series of poetic innovations forged by a series of master poeets. From the classic texts of Chinese philosophy to intensely personal lyrics, from love poems to startling and strange perspectives on nature, Hinton has collected an entire world of beauty and insight. And in his eye-opening translations, these ancient poems feel remarkably fresh and contemporary, presenting a literature both radically new and entirely resonant, in Classical Chinese Poetry.
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The Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism

Second Edition

Author: Leitch, Vincent B,Cain, William E

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 0393932923

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 2800

View: 7735

The Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism is the gold standard for anyone who wishes to understand the development and current state of literary theory. Offering 185 pieces (31 of them new) by 148 authors (18 of them new), The Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism , Second Edition, is more comprehensive, and more varied, in its selection than any other anthology. New selections from non-western theory and a thoroughly updated twentieth century selection make the book even more diverse and authoritative.
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Cooking with the Muse

A Sumptuous Gathering of Seasonal Recipes, Culinary Poetry, and Literary Fare

Author: Myra Kornfeld

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781936797684

Category: Food in literature

Page: 492

View: 5690

"A cookbook and poetry anthology with 150 nutritious international recipes and a wide survey of classic and contemporary poetry about food and ingredients, along with literary essays, playful culinary and historical notes, explanatory drawings, and photographs."--Provided by publisher.
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A Detroit Anthology

Author: Anna Clark

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780985944148

Category: History

Page: 240

View: 6552

A unique perspective of the Motor City, this anthology combines stories told by both longtime residents and newcomers from activists to teachers to artists to students. While Detroit has always been rich in stories, too often those stories are told back to the city by outsiders looking in, believing they can explain Detroit back to itself. As editor, Anna Clark writes in the introduction, "These are the stories we tell each other over late nights at the pub and long afternoons on the porch. We share them in coffee shops, at church social hours, in living rooms, and while waiting for the bus. These are stories full of nodding asides and knowing laughs. These are stories addressed to the rhetorical "you"--with the ratcheted up language that comes with it--and these are stories that took real legwork to investigate . . . You will not find 'positive' stories about Detroit in this collection, or 'negative' ones. But you will find true stories." Featuring essays, photographs, art, and poetry by Grace Lee Boggs, John Carlisle, Desiree Cooper, Dream Hampton, Steve Hughes, Jamaal May, Tracie McMillan, Marsha Music, Shaka Senghor, Thomas J. Sugrue, and many others.
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