TODAY (Jan. 19) marks the birthday of American writer Edgar Allan Poe (b. 1809).
We celebrate the occasion with five of our favorite poems by him…
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You won’t find Bing Crosby here, but rather the classics nicely arranged in a variety of styles…
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Hardback: Cambridge UP, June 2016.
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I never really got into most of his work; I found him too much of a modernist, but there were two books of his that I still have a deep appreciation for…
Here are excerpts from these books…
Mumford was the author of the important book:
National Book Award Winner.
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In conjunction with the success of this book, Mumford made a superb six-part documentary series that spans the book’s content. The full series can be watched online…
If not, it’s not too late to do so.
“For me, poetry is a practice that is helping me begin to slow down and become more attentive. Learning to read a poem carefully trains us to pay extraordinary attention to the sounds and images of language that we might easily overlook in our haste. … Poems offer us an invitation to abide with their words.”
– ERB Editor, Chris Smith, In Defense of Poetry
This first list will feature classic poets, whose work is freely available in the public domain. These poems are good because they have withstood the test of time, and because they are easily and freely accessible. Their drawbacks are that they are dated (Many of them, for instance, write in verse, a form that is widely rejected among poets today), and that although we have tried to make our list as diverse as possible, there tends to be less diversity (A hundred years ago or more, the vast majority of poets being published were white males).
Our second list, which will be posted next week, will feature the work of contemporary poets.
It will be beneficial to develop habits of reading poems from both of these lists. The classics help us understand the tradition of poetry, and contemporary poets wrestle with contemporary concerns in the forms of today.
All the poems in these books are in the public domain. Read them on your device, print them out, post them on your blog, slice them, dice them and remix them into your own poems. Most of all, have fun!