Makes You Stop and Think: Sonnets

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Makes You Stop and Think is a collection written over fifty years, from the accomplished and renowned poet Daniel Hoffman.
"The sonnet… is a sacred / vessel, it takes a civilization / to conceive its shape or know / its uses," the poet Louise Bogan told "a crowd of bearded youths" and "rumpled girls." Hoffman's harvest of half a century's sonnets shows the richness and power ...

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Overview

Makes You Stop and Think is a collection written over fifty years, from the accomplished and renowned poet Daniel Hoffman.
"The sonnet… is a sacred / vessel, it takes a civilization / to conceive its shape or know / its uses," the poet Louise Bogan told "a crowd of bearded youths" and "rumpled girls." Hoffman's harvest of half a century's sonnets shows the richness and power of their form. These poems revel in exploring memory and feeling:
For reality is vintage and delicious
Especially when you taste it while it brews
Because it comes as love comes, heart-skip sudden,
Yet long as a lifetime in a once past wishes,
A gift you couldn't have the wit to choose.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807615614
  • Publisher: Braziller, George Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/5/2005
  • Pages: 56
  • Sales rank: 994,302
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Daniel Hoffman was Poet Laureate of the United States from 1973-74. His first book of poems, An Armada of Thirty Whales, was chosen by W. H. Auden for the Yale Series of Younger Poets Award in 1954. Among the numerous collections that followed are Brotherly Love, a National Book Award finalist, Darkening Water, and Beyond Silence: Selected Shorter Poems, 1948-2003. He has been awarded the 2003 Aiken Taylor Award for Modern American Poetry, given by the Sewanee Review. He lives in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania and Cape Rosier, Maine.

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Table of Contents

The sonnet 11
A legacy 13
The arrival 14
David's folly 15
That morning 16
Regrets 17
Who done it? 18
Off Stonington 19
Sacred things 20
Percy Gray 21
Dr. Kilmer 22
His own way 23
Pin-ball 24
O sweet woods 25
Violence 26
Ten thousand dreaming seamen 27
Her gift 28
The hour 29
Claims 30
Miracles 31
Emblems 32
In that high house 33
Charley Hoope 34
Survivors 35
The comanche 36
Scrolls from the dead 37
Lines for Scott Nearing 38
Old age 39
The sacred fount 40
Philosophy 41
A resurrection 42
A secret 43
At the grave of Countess Potocka 44
The disinherited 45
Parsifal 46
Poe's tomb 47
Ecclesiastes 48
Lines written near Linton, on Exmoor 49
Evidence 50
Philosophy of composition 51
Addendum to Daniel Hoffman : a comprehensive bibliography 52
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