Author: John Felstiner
Publisher: Yale University Press
Release Date: 2009-04-01
Genre: Literary Criticism
In forty brief and lucid chapters, Felstiner presents those voices that have most strongly spoken to and for the natural world. Poets- from the Romantics through Whitman and Dickinson to Elizabeth Bishop and Gary Snyder- have helped us envision such details as ocean winds eroding and rebuilding dunes in the same breath, wild deer freezing in our presence, and a person carving initials on a still-living stranded whale.
Author: Tommy Pico
Publisher: Tin House Books
Release Date: 2017-05-09
A book-length poem about how an American Indian (or NDN) writer can t bring himself to write about nature, but is forced to reckon with colonial-white stereotypes, manifest destiny, and his own identity as an young, queer, urban-dwelling poet. "
Steve Fay's what nature brings a naturalist's attentiveness to poetry. As responsive to nature as Gary Snyder or Mary Oliver, Fay combines a command of the poetic craft with rich, descriptive exactness as he describes physical and psychological landscapes, particularly of his native Midwest.Central to what nature is "The Milkweed Parables", a long and atmospheric poem dealing with issues of nature, lineage, family, and history. As rich and sweeping as a novella, this remarkable poem is an inquiry into the interdependence of human life and the natural world. Showing startling range -- poems that move from political satire to portraits of loneliness and regret to humor -- these poems form a multidimensional meditation on the relationship of man to nature, and are a unique contribution to the canon of contemporary poetry.
Nature poetry discovers the deep connection between humanity and nature. Beyond describing the wild beauty found in nature, the poetry discusses nature’s impact on humans and people’s impact on nature. Author Sheila Griffin Llanas explores eight poems and poets, with chapters on William Wordsworth, Emily Dickinson, Walt Whitman, and five others. Accompanied by biographical information on the poet and end-of-chapter questions for further study, Llanas closely examines each poem, including detailed analysis of form, content, poetic technique, and theme, encouraging readers to develop the tools to understand and appreciate poetry.
Author: John Updike
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf
Release Date: 1985
Updike's poetry focuses on facing nature at a number of levels, as in a section of sonnets on aging and death, a sonnet sequence, describing a week in Spain, on insomnia and dread, and a long poem on Jupiter's four major moons
Author: Camille T. Dungy
Publisher: University of Georgia Press
Release Date: 2009
Black Nature is the first anthology to focus on nature writing by African American poets, a genre that until now has not commonly been counted as one in which African American poets have participated. Black poets have a long tradition of incorporating treatments of the natural world into their work, but it is often read as political, historical, or protest poetry--anything but nature poetry. This is particularly true when the definition of what constitutes nature writing is limited to work about the pastoral or the wild. Camille T. Dungy has selected 180 poems from 93 poets that provide unique perspectives on American social and literary history to broaden our concept of nature poetry and African American poetics. This collection features major writers such as Phillis Wheatley, Rita Dove, Yusef Komunyakaa, Gwendolyn Brooks, Sterling Brown, Robert Hayden, Wanda Coleman, Natasha Trethewey, and Melvin B. Tolson as well as newer talents such as Douglas Kearney, Major Jackson, and Janice Harrington. Included are poets writing out of slavery, Reconstruction, the Harlem Renaissance, the Black Arts Movement, and late twentieth- and early twenty-first-century African American poetic movements. Black Nature brings to the fore a neglected and vital means of considering poetry by African Americans and nature-related poetry as a whole. A Friends Fund Publication.
The fifty-nine poems in Thomas Carper's newest collection start at the beginning -- childhood -- and move from the concrete to the more abstract problem of presenting reality through artistic expression. A master of traditional forms, Carper aims throughout to achieve a certain imaginative hold on things.Praise for Thomas Carper's Fiddle Lane: "A superb technician, Carper manages the demanding form with an ease, a late-20th-century naturalness, that can cause a reader to forget that the flowing, witty experience he is enjoying is happening in a tight formal structure that dates from the late Middle Ages... These sonnets flow, so well in fact that once inside the poem readers must slow themselves down to catch the comedy, feel the lightness, the pathos, the wit. The poet won't do it for you, and that is the mark of his skill." -- Kennebec "Especially for those who enjoy metrical and traditional verse, Carper's collection of poems... should prove a real treasure trove." -- Maine Sunday Telegram "Carper's formal poems (mostly sonnets) give an outward order to inward wounds and wonders." -- Beloit Poetry Journal "Poetic forms never die, but there are periods in which they become difficult to use effectively. Until I discovered Thomas Carper's work, I had considered the contemporary American sonnet a half-moribund form, a vehicle one might use -- at some risk -- for an individual poem but not as the foundation for an entire oeuvre. But Carper has transfigured this problematic inheritance into an exciting, investigative form. With unusual skill and intelligence, Carper has brought curiosity and surprise back to the sonnet." -- Dana Gioia
This title is part of the 'Experiencing Poetry' series which invites readers to jump into a selection of poems written by people from different places and times. The readers are given the keys needed to unlock the poems. The meanings of poems are explored and the techniques poets use to create their effects are explained.
Author: A P J Abdul Kalam
Publisher: Penguin UK
Release Date: 2015-10-25
In this moving collection of poems, A.P.J. Abdul Kalam takes us into his world, full of simplicity and beauty, understanding and compassion. Kalam’s love for the country hines through as he inspires us and urges us to break the barriers of caste, religion and language. He wonders at God’s creation in his paeans to nature, while imparting a deeply personal touch to his observations of human relationships. The Life Tree is an intimate introduction to Kalam the man, his life and his inspirational thoughts.