Paths of Poetry: Twenty-Five Poets and Their Poems

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Louis Untermeyer, the American poet perhaps most familiar with the lives and works of the great writers in the English language, tells of the touching, humorous and dramatic incidents which have made up the lives and contributed to the poetic genius of each of twenty-five poets from Chaucer to Frost.

These are the unacknowledged legislators; music-makers, "movers and shakers", poets who have influenced our ideas, affected our emotions and enriched our language. The chapters not...

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Overview

Louis Untermeyer, the American poet perhaps most familiar with the lives and works of the great writers in the English language, tells of the touching, humorous and dramatic incidents which have made up the lives and contributed to the poetic genius of each of twenty-five poets from Chaucer to Frost.

These are the unacknowledged legislators; music-makers, "movers and shakers", poets who have influenced our ideas, affected our emotions and enriched our language. The chapters not only tell the stories of their lives but also relate their lives to their poems and reveal how and why they wrote the way they did. This work aims to show what the poets meant to the development of literature and, most of all, what they mean to us.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780595006533
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/26/2000
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.15 (w) x 9.07 (h) x 0.64 (d)

Table of Contents

What is Poetry? 11
A Foreword 13
Founder of English Literature [1340?-1400] 17
Noble Gallant [1554-1586] 32
Eternal Lines [1564-1616] 37
"No Man Is an Island" [1572-1631] 57
"Brooks, Blossoms, Birds, and Bowers" [1591-1674] 64
Puritan Rebel [1608-1674] 72
Immortal Wit [1688-1744] 82
Pure Vision [1757-1827] 90
The Plowboy Poet [1759-1796] 101
A Man Speaking to Men [1770-1850] 109
Distracted Dreamer [1772-1834] 118
Legendary Lover [1788-1824] 126
"O World! O Life! O Time!" [1792-1822] 135
"Beauty Is Truth, Truth Beauty" [1795-1821] 146
Beginnings of American Poetry [1794-1878] 156
"All's Right with the World!" 162
The Fireside Bard [1807-1882] 171
"Weary, Way-worn Wanderer" [1809-1849] 180
"To Strive, to Seek, to Find" [1809-1892] 188
Miracles of Everyday [1819-1892] 196
"The Soul Selects Her Own Society" [1830-1886] 205
Unofficial Laureate [1865-1936] 213
Land of Heart's Desire [1865-1939] 218
"You Come Too" [1874-1963] 223
For Further Reading 231
Index 237
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