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100 Poems To Break Your Heart

100 Poems To Break Your Heart

by Edward Hirsch
100 Poems To Break Your Heart

100 Poems To Break Your Heart

by Edward Hirsch


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A perfect companion to George Saunders' A Swim in a Pond in the Rain. While Saunders tackles the short story (Russian short stories, to be exact), Hirsch rounds up 100 poems, as the title states, "to break your heart." Hirsch gracefully and sensitively dissects each of the 100 poems. Both a lesson in the history of poetry and breadcrumbs on the trail home from a broken heart. A broken heart can come in many forms. From love, grief and lost lives, Hirsch finds the right poems to help us understand that we are not alone — and in 100 poems, gives us courage to carry on.

100 of the most moving and inspiring poems of the last 200 years from around the world, a collection that will comfort and enthrall anyone trapped by grief or loneliness, selected by the award-winning, best-selling, and beloved author of How to Read a Poem

Implicit in poetry is the idea that we are enriched by heartbreaks, by the recognition and understanding of suffering—not just our own suffering but also the pain of others. We are not so much diminished as enlarged by grief, by our refusal to vanish, or to let others vanish, without leaving a record. And poets are people who are determined to leave a trace in words, to transform oceanic depths of feeling into art that speaks to others.

In 100 Poems to Break Your Heart, poet and advocate Edward Hirsch selects 100 poems, from the nineteenth century to the present, and illuminates them, unpacking context and references to help the reader fully experience the range of emotion and wisdom within these poems.

 For anyone trying to process grief, loneliness, or fear, this collection of poetry will be your guide in trying times.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780544931886
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 03/30/2021
Pages: 512
Sales rank: 309,651
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.90(d)

About the Author

EDWARD HIRSCH is a celebrated poet and peerless advocate for poetry. A MacArthur fellow, he has published ten books of poems and six books of prose. He has received numerous awards and fellowships, including the National Book Critics Circle Award, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, the Rome Prize, a Pablo Neruda Presidential Medal of Honor, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award for literature. He serves as president of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and lives in Brooklyn.

Table of Contents

Introduction xv

"Surprised by joy-impatient as the Wind" (1815, 1820) William Wordsworth 1

"This living hand" (1819) John Keats 5

"I am" (c. 1847) John Clare 8

In Memoriam, VII (c. 1848) Alfred Lord Tennyson 12

"Thou art indeed just, Lord, if I contend" (1889) Gerard Manley Hopkins 16

"The God Abandons Antony" (1910) Constantine Cavafy 21

"The Voice" (1912) Thomas Hardy 25

"The Owl" (1915) Edward Thomas 29

"The Pretty Redhead" (1918) Guillaume Apollinaire 33

"What lips my lips have kissed, and where, and why" (1920) Edna St. Vincent Millay 39

"Song for a Dark Girl" (1927) Langston Hughes 44

"Rooms" (c. 1929) Charlotte Mew 49

"Black Stone Lying on a White Stone" (1930) César Vallejo 53

"I'm Going to Sleep" (1938) Alfonsina Storni 58

"To Julia de Burgos" (1938) Julia de Burgos 62

"In Memory of M. B." (1940) Anna Akhmatova 67

"The Fifth Eclogue" (1943) Miklós Radnóti 71

"Café" (1944) Czeslaw Milosz 76

"Merciful God" (1945) Kadya Molodowsky 81

"Shemà" (1946) Primo Levi 86

"On Living" (1948) Nâzim Hikmet 91

"Aspects of Robinson" (1948) Weldon Kees 97

"The rites for Cousin Vit" (1949) Gwendolyn Brooks 102

"Not Waving but Drowning" (1953, 1957) Stevie Smith 105

"In the Midst of Life" (1955) Tadeusz Rózewicz 109

"On the road at night there stands the man" (1959) Dahlia Ravikovitch 115

"Poem of the Gifts" (1960) Jorge Luis Borges 119

"In the Park" (1961) Gwen Harwood 124

"The Whipping" (1962) Robert Hayden 128

"Night Sweat" (1963) Robert Lowell 133

"Wanting to Die" (1964) Anne Sexton 137

"My Nightingale" (1965) Rose Ausländer 142

"Next Day" (1965) Randall Jarrell 146

"Montana Fifty Years Ago" (1967) J. V. Cunningham 151

"For the Anniversary of My Death" (1967) W. S. Merwin 155

"Poem" (1968) Muriel Rukeyser 158

"The Idea of Ancestry" (1968) Etheridge Knight 163

"Henry's Understanding" (1969) John Berryman 169

"A Deathplace" (1969) L. E. Sissman 173

"They Feed They Lion" (1969) Philip Levine 178

"The Small Square" (1972) Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen 185

"Under One Small Star" (1972) Wislawa Szymborska 189

"Degrees of Gray in Philipsburg" (1973) Richard Hugo 193

"On This Side of the River" (1975) Stephen Berg 199

"Aubade" (1977) Philip Larkin 204

"Parents" (1978) William Meredith 210

"Essay" (1978) Hayden Carruth 214

"Arches" (1978) James Schuyler 218

"Kindness" (1978, 1994) Naomi Shihab Nye 222

"The Woman on the Bridge over the Chicago River" (1979) Allen Grossman 228

"The Book of Yolek"(1981) Anthony Hecht 234

"Mr Cogito and the Imagination" (1983) Zbigniew Herbert 240

"From My Window" (1983) C. K. Williams 247

"Night Song" (1983) Louise Glück 253

"The Race" (1983) Sharon Olds 259

"In Memory of the Unknown Poet, Robert Boardman Vaughn" (1984) Donald Justice 264

"The Dancing" (1984) Gerald Stern 269

"For Anna Mae Pictou Aquash, Whose Spirit Is Present Here and in the Dappled Stars (for we remember the story and must tell it again so we may all live)" (1985) Joy Harjo 272

"Mendocino Rose" (1987) Garrett Hongo 279

"(Dedications)" (1990-91) Adrienne Rich 284

"The Gas-poker" (1991) Thom Gunn 289

"What He Thought" (1991) Heather McHugh 295

"It Allows a Portrait in Line-Scan at Fifteen" (1993) Les Murray 301

"The People of the Other Village" (1993) Thomas Lux 306

"For the Taking" (1993) Linda Gregerson 310

"Terminus" (1993) Nicholas Christopher 316

"What the Living Do" (1994) Marie Howe 322

"The War Works Hard" (1994) Dunya Mikhail 327

"Halley's Comet" (1995) Stanley Kunitz 332

"Song" (1995) Brigit Pegeen Kelly 336

"Simile" (1996) Rosanna Warren 341

"In Memory of Joe Brainard" (1997) Frank Bidart 345

"jasper texas 1998" (1998) Lucille Clifton 350

"The Rapture" (2000) Cynthia Huntington 354

"Elementary Principles at Seventy-Two" (2001) Richard Howard 359

"Quarantine" (2001) Eavan Boland 363

"Woman Martyr" (2002) Agi Mishol 369

"We Are Not Responsible" (2002) Harryette Mullen 373

"Shelley" (2004) Galway Kinnell 377

"Aphasia" (2004) Vijay Seshadri 381

"On Wanting to Tell [ ] About a Girl Eating Fish Eyes" (2004) Mary Szybist 385

"Lead" (2005) Mary Oliver 389

"Persimmon" (2005) Anya Krugovoy Silver 393

"Ethel's Sestina" (2006) Patricia Smith 398

"Woman, Mined" (2006) Carolyn Creedon 403

"Graveyard Blues" (2006) Natasha Trethewey 407

"Requiem" (2006) Camille Dungy 412

"Aubade in Autumn" (2007) Peter Everwine 417

"Barton Springs" (2007) Tony Hoagland 421

"Failure" (2007) Philip Schultz 425

"An Individual History" (2007) Michael Collier 429

"The Second Slaughter" (2008) Lucia Perillo 434

"Old School" (2010) Michael Waters 439

"Infinite Riches in the Smallest Room" (2015) Lucie Brock-Broido 442

"The African Burial Ground" (2014) Yusef Komunyakaa 448

"The Addict's Mother: Birth Story" (2014-15) Kate Daniels 454

"Spirit Boxing" (2015) Afaa Michael Weaver 458

"Obit [The Blue Dress]" (2016) Victoria Chang 463

"Pantoum for the Broken" (2017) Toi Derricotte 466

"Krishna, 3:29 a.m." (2018) Toi Derricotte 471

Acknowledgments 479

Credits 483

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