Poems of Sleep and Dreams (Everyman's Library Pocket Poets)

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Poets have always drawn inspiration from the wild fancies of dream life. We spend a third of our lives asleep, and throughout history our nocturnal visions have engaged the interpretive talents of our greatest writers.

This treasury of poets–Sidney, Donne, Blake, Keats, Wordsworth, Whitman, Rilke, Plath, Graves, Roethke, Bishop, Moore, Updike, and many more–encompasses lullabies, invocations, aubades, songs, epigrams, and stories, in every conceivable mood from the broadly comic...

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Overview

Poets have always drawn inspiration from the wild fancies of dream life. We spend a third of our lives asleep, and throughout history our nocturnal visions have engaged the interpretive talents of our greatest writers.

This treasury of poets–Sidney, Donne, Blake, Keats, Wordsworth, Whitman, Rilke, Plath, Graves, Roethke, Bishop, Moore, Updike, and many more–encompasses lullabies, invocations, aubades, songs, epigrams, and stories, in every conceivable mood from the broadly comic to the tragic. It includes poems about daydreams and nightmares, about falling asleep and about waking up, about insomnia, night thoughts, monsters of the dark, twilight, dawn, and the rebirth of morning. From Auden’s “Lullaby” to Rossetti’s “Nuptial Sleep,” from Salvatore Quasimodo’s “Insomnia” to Thom Gunn’s “Annihilation of Nothing,” Poems of Sleep and Dreams evokes the whole haunting, magical spectrum of sleep and dream.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781400041978
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/6/2004
  • Series: Everyman's Library Pocket Poets
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 663,451
  • Product dimensions: 4.34 (w) x 6.48 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Table of Contents

Hymn to Cynthia 17
Before sleep 18
Evening quatrains 19
Evening voluntaries (I) 21
Nodding 23
A nocturnal sketch 25
Winter night 27
Sonnet to the moon 29
The night piece 30
Come, sleep! 33
Good night 34
Lullaby 36
Sleepe, angry beauty 38
Sleep, baby mine, desire! 39
And so to bed 39
Dream world 40
Lullaby 41
Berceuse 42
Lullaby 43
A cradle song 44
To sleep 47
Care-charmer sleep 48
Sleep, silence child 49
In sleep 50
Sleep is supposed to be 51
From Metamorphoses book II : the cave of sleep 52
Morpheus 53
Walking to sleep 54
The twin of sleep 60
The sleep that comes over me 61
Lines 63
The sea of sleep 67
Song 68
A friend stays the night 69
On painting 70
A child's sleep 71
The sleeper 73
Sleeping on her couch 74
The sleeper (1) 75
Love lies sleeping 76
La belle au bois dormant 79
Sleeping 80
On a bird singing in its sleep 81
Footsteps 82
The sleepout 83
The sleeper (2) 84
On a sleeping friend 85
Of the lady who can sleep when she pleases 86
Asleep 87
Sleep at sea 88
Nuptial sleep 95
Friday night 96
The shrike 97
Sleep wrapped you 98
Love and sleep 99
Touch 100
The dream 102
Sleeping with you 104
The sleepers 106
The hug 107
Tears in sleep 108
The stilly night : a soporific reflection 109
The nearest dream 113
Dreams 114
From The rape of the lock 117
A dream of mountaineering 122
The kind ghosts 123
Dreams in middle age 124
In the wood 125
Dream 126
The mad scene 128
The vision 129
In procession 130
The annihilation of nothing 131
Traumerei 133
The dream 134
The dreame 135
Dream 139
Songe d'Athalie 140
A dream of Cynthia shipwrecked 141
The owl 142
Sleeping compartment 143
Gratitude for a nightmare 144
The nightmare 145
The dream 148
Bad dream 149
Sonnet : a dream 153
We dream 154
From to Madeleine de Broglie 155
The interpretaton of dreams 157
The dialectic of dreams 160
Sunday, 4 a.m 164
Dreams are the subtle dower 166
Complaint to four angels 169
Tossing and turning 171
Better than counting sheep 172
To his watch, when he could not sleep 174
Nevertheless the moon 175
Insomnia 176
Insomnia 177
Vibration 178
From Insomnia 179
Sapphics 180
Insomnia 184
Not to sleep 186
I wake and feel 187
If this room is our world 188
Insomniac 189
Is it thy will 191
Insomnia 192
The bench of boors 195
Stars 196
Thoughts in night quiet 198
Frost at midnight 199
I can hardly wait for the Sandman 202
When I heard at the close of the day 204
Pillow 206
Sleep in the Mojave desert 207
A goodnight 208
An old man 211
Moonrise 215
The early morning 215
The horns of the morning 216
July dawn 217
Dear, though the night is gone 218
Something said, waking drunk on a spring day 219
Morning after 220
From Horae Canonicae 221
Morning 223
Aubade 225
Early rising 227
The morning-watch 229
A prayer at morning 230
Waking in winter 231
The waking 232
The harbor dawn 234
First things first 236
Entrance from sleep 238
Waking in a newly built house 239
Aubade 240
Towards break of day 242
The sunne rising 243
Song of Apollo 245
Acknowledgments 247
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