101 Poems to Get You Through the Day (and Night)

101 Poems to Get You Through the Day (and Night)

by Daisy Goodwin
     
 

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This is an anthology designed to help you get through the stresses of modern life. For rapid and effective relief around the clock, 24-7, without side effects, try a poem — whatever the time of the day (or night), you can be sure that some poet, past or present, has been there too.

To help you find the right poem at the right time, the organization of the

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This is an anthology designed to help you get through the stresses of modern life. For rapid and effective relief around the clock, 24-7, without side effects, try a poem — whatever the time of the day (or night), you can be sure that some poet, past or present, has been there too.

To help you find the right poem at the right time, the organization of the book is like that of a book of hours. Starting with Getting Up, it then moves on to those other morning traumas: Stepping on the Scale and Looking into the Mirror.

As the day moves on there are sections to cover everything, from Office Politics to Off to School. And if by five p.m. your head is throbbing, dig into the poems in the Take 5 section and let the world recede. By the end of the day you may want to look for inspiration among the poems in Going Home, but if you are intent on veering from the straight and narrow, then turn to the Behaving Badly poems and you'll find you're in good company. Anyone who feels vaguely guilty about settling down in front of the TV instead of taking café society by storm should turn to the poems in the Not Tonight section.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060529123
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
10/21/2003
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 6.25(h) x 0.65(d)

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101 Poems to Get You Through the Day (and Night)

Chapter One

Getting Out Of Bed

Getting out of bed can be the worst part of the whole day. There are mornings when the slightly stale embrace of the duvet seems irresistible -- it's not just a reaction to modern life, the eleventh-century Chinese poet Shao Yung appears to have had the same problem. To remind you of the days when getting up was a joy -- the first morning of the summer holidays, for instance -- I have included the poems by Browning and Wordsworth. But if those reminders of the joys of living in the present aren't enough, then read the rather grimmer reasons to get the day going provided by Philip Larkin and Arnold Bennett. And if all else fails try the Kipling. Curiosity is the very best reason to get out of bed.

Pippa's Song

The year's at the spring,
And day's at the morn;
Morning's at seven;
The hill-side's dew-pearl'd;
The lark's on the wing;
The snail's on the thorn;
God's in His heaven --
All's right with the world!

Robert Browning

Song on Being Too Lazy to Get Up

Half remembering, yet not remembering, just waked up from a dream;
almost sad, but not sad, a time when I'm feeling lazy,
hug the covers, lie on my side, not wanting to get up yet --
beyond the blinds, falling petals fly by in tangled flurries.

Shao Yung,
translated by Burton Watson

My Heart Leaps Up When I Behold

My heart leaps up when I behold
      A rainbow in the sky:
So was it when my life began;
So is it now I am a man;
So be it when I shall grow old,
..........Or let me die!
The Child is father of the Man;
And I could wish my days to be
Bound each to each by natural piety.

William Wordsworth

101 Poems to Get You Through the Day (and Night). Copyright © by Daisy Goodwin. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

Meet the Author

Daisy Goodwin attended Cambridge University and then won a Harkness Scholarshipto Columbia University. She is now a producer of top-rated television programs for the BBC, including the Nation's Favourite series. In addition to Essential Poems (To Fall in Love With), she has edited two other bestselling collections, 101 Poems That Could Save Your Life and 101 Poems to Get You Through the Day (and Night). She lives in London with her husband and two children.

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