Eat, Drink, and Be Merry: Poems about Food and Drink

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Eating and drinking and the rituals that go with them are at least as important as loving in most people’s lives, yet for every hundred anthologies of poems about love, hardly one is devoted to the pleasures of the table. Eat, Drink, and Be Merry abundantly fills the gap.

All kinds of foods and beverages are laid out in these pages, along with picnics and banquets, intimate suppers and quiet dinners, noisy parties and public celebrations–in poems by Horace, Catullus, Hafiz, ...

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Overview

Eating and drinking and the rituals that go with them are at least as important as loving in most people’s lives, yet for every hundred anthologies of poems about love, hardly one is devoted to the pleasures of the table. Eat, Drink, and Be Merry abundantly fills the gap.

All kinds of foods and beverages are laid out in these pages, along with picnics and banquets, intimate suppers and quiet dinners, noisy parties and public celebrations–in poems by Horace, Catullus, Hafiz, Rumi, Rilke, Moore, Nabokov, Updike, Mandelstam, Stevens, and many others. From Sylvia Plath’s ecstatic vision of juice-laden berries in “Blackberrying” to D. H. Lawrence’s lush celebration of “Figs,” from the civilized comfort of Noël Coward’s “Something on a Tray” to the salacious provocation of Swift’s “Oysters,” from Li Po on “Drinking Alone” to Baudelaire on “The Soul of the Wine,” and from Emily Dickinson’s “Forbidden Fruit” to Elizabeth Bishop’s “A Miracle for Breakfast,” Eat, Drink, and Be Merry serves up a tantalizing and variegated literary feast.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781400040230
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/8/2003
  • Series: Everyman's Library Pocket Poets
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 629,287
  • Product dimensions: 4.40 (w) x 6.50 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Table of Contents

Food 15
Undue Significance 15
On Food 16
Taste 18
From Satires II.2 19
A Glass of Water 21
Bread 22
Milk, Milk, Milk 23
Of Tea, Commended by Her Majesty 25
The Two Teapots 26
Coffee 27
From The Rape of the Lock 27
Farm Wife 28
Sunday Morning Breakfast Time 31
Dr. Browning at Breakfast 32
A Miracle for Breakfast 34
'I never had a piece of toast' 36
Breakfast 36
Breakfast with Gerard Manley Hopkins 37
Epigram III.27 38
Epigram X.48 39
After Lunch 40
Tea 40
The Banquet 41
Angelo Orders his Dinner 42
Le Diner 44
A Literary Dinner 46
Inviting a Friend to Supper 47
Supper With Lindsay 49
Poetry for Supper 52
Something on a Tray 53
The Hever Picnic 55
The Dining Room 56
Restaurant Car 57
The Fruit 61
The Dish of Fruit 62
Forbidden Fruit 62
Kelmscott Crab Apples 63
Apples for Paul Suttman 64
Moonlit Apples 66
Quince 67
A Quince Preserved Through the Winter, Given to a Lady 68
The Lemon 68
The Strawberry Plant 69
Nevertheless 70
Persimmons 72
The Cloud-berry 72
Blueberries 73
Blueberrying in August 78
Brambleberries, Blackberries 79
Blackberrying 80
Tangerine Eater 82
A Dish of Peaches in Russia 83
Tropical Fruit 84
Nine Nectarines 85
Sunday Lemons 87
A Song of Bananas 89
Damson Boy 91
Autumn Fruits 92
From A Kumquat for John Keats 93
Last Year's Picnic 97
Epigram XI.31 98
Rosemary 99
Eating Bamboo-Shoots 100
Yam 101
Peas 102
The Broad Bean Sermon 103
Mushrooms 105
Swedes 107
The Mangel-Bury 108
Potato 110
Recipe for a Salad 112
Salad 113
Brow 115
In Schrafft's 119
Gooseberry Fool 120
Honey 122
The Honeycomb 122
High Sugar 123
Chocolates 124
Ice Cream 126
A Grace for Ice-Cream 127
From Epistle to Mrs. Tyler 128
Written on a Paper Which Contained a Piece of Bride Cake Given to the Author by a Lady 129
The Bun 131
A Piece of Cake 132
Offering 133
From The Alchemist 134
From The Battle of the Summer Islands 135
A Simple Feast 138
The Poet, the Oyster, and the Sensitive Plant 139
Ode on a Jar of Pickles 142
Epigram V.78 144
I am a Peach Tree 149
Wild Peaches 150
Cherry 152
The Orange 153
The Oranges 154
Pomegranate 154
Figs 155
Moon Milk 160
Since 161
Elegies I.4 163
From Don Juan 166
An Invitation to an Invitation 167
Sylvia 168
Epicurean Reminiscences of a Sentimentalist 169
At Tea 172
In Praise of Cocoa, Cupid's Nightcap 173
Oysters 174
That Little Old Bar in the Ritz 177
Meat without Mirth 178
The Party's Going with a Swing 179
From The Fudge Family in Paris 183
From Sir Gawain and the Green Knight 185
Sonnet to Vauxhall 189
Henry King 190
On the Great Eater of Grays-Inn 191
The Glutton 194
On Gut 195
Epigram VIII.23 195
The Gourmand 196
From Piers Plowman 201
Fasting 206
The Grape Cure 207
Curl Up and Diet 209
On a Diet 211
The Five Reasons 215
Reflection on Ice-Breaking 215
Drinking 216
Facing Wine 217
On One, Who Said, He Drank to Clear His Eyes 218
Consummate Drinkers 219
Odes III.21 221
Great Bacchus 222
Drinking in the Morning 223
Drinking Alone 224
Usquebaugh 225
Hogmanay 226
John Barleycorn 227
The Soul of the Wine 230
Winejug 231
The Wine of the Question 232
His Farewell to Sack 233
A Voice from Under the Table 236
Acknowledgments 239
Index of Authors 249
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