Archives For Poems

 

As the season of Lent is rapidly approaching, here are 7 of our favorite poems…

(Next Wednesday is Ash Wednesday)

Madeleine L’Engle, Gerard Manley Hopkins, T.S. Eliot, George Herbert and MORE….

If you enjoy these poems, I recommend
Nick Ripatrazone’s
Literary Reader for Lent

 

Lent: Ash Wednesday
George Herbert

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Today (Jan. 13) marks the anniversary of the death of English poet Edmund Spenser (died 1599)…

Spenser’s work, and particularly his epic poem The Fairie Queene, was deeply influential on C.S. Lewis.

 

Here are five of our favorite poems by him…

The Sovereign Beauty
Edmund Spenser

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Rumi-Statue

Tomorrow (Dec. 17) marks the anniversary of the death of the Sufi poet Rumi.

Here are five of our favorite poems by him…

I AM THINE AND THOU ART MINE
Rumi
(trans. by R.A. Nicholson)

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TODAY is the birthday of the poet
John Dryden, born 1631.

In remembrance of the poet, we offer three of our favorite poems…


On the Death
of a Very Young Gentleman


John Dryden

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TODAY marks the anniversary
of William Blake’s death in 1827.

In remembrance of his life, we offer five of our favorite poems…

FREE Ebooks
With Blake’s Art & Poems

The Voice of the
Ancient Bard
William Blake

 

Youth of delight! come hither
And see the opening morn,
Image of Truth new-born.
Doubt is fled, and clouds of reason,
Dark disputes and artful teazing.
Folly is an endless maze;
Tangled roots perplex her ways;
How many have fallen there!
They stumble all night over bones of the dead;
And feel–they know not what but care;
And wish to lead others, when they should be led.

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One of this month’s exciting new poetry releases is 

Blue Laws: Selected and Uncollected Poems, 1995-2015
Kevin Young

Hardback: Knopf, Feb 2016.
Buy now:  [ Amazon ]   [ Kindle  ]

 

Here are three excellent poems from this collection:

 
 

Revival 
Kevin Young

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meadowlarks

Today marks the anniversary of the death of poet Sara Teasdale.

Teasdale wrote a surprising number of lovely poems about birds. Here are five of our favorites:

These poems can be found in these two volumes, which are available as FREE Kindle ebooks:

Meadowlarks
Sara Teasdale

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Today is the birthday of the poet Lord Byron, born January 22, 1788…

Here are five of our favorite poems by him…

REMEMBRANCE.
Lord Byron
(1806)

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Read More Poetry

Did you make a New Year’s resolution to read more poetry?

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

To help you read more poetry, we will be publishing two lists of recommended poets.

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.

Classic Poets:

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!

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Today is the Feast of St. Thomas the Apostle…

In honor of the occasion, we offer this poem by one of our favorite living poets:

St. Thomas the Apostle
Malcolm Guite

Found in the collection:  Sounding the Seasons: 70 Sonnets for the Christian Year
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