Author: Thomas Park
Publisher: Forgotten Books
Release Date: 2018-03-08
Excerpt from The Works of the British Poets, Vol. 50: Including the Most Esteemed Translations From the Greek and Roman Authors; Containing, the Third Volume of Garth's Version of Ovid's Metamorphoses, and Fawkes' Version of Anacreon, Sappho, and Musæus For if, before he reach the realms of air, He backward cast his eyes to view the fair, The forfeit grant, that instant, void is made, And she for ever left a lifeless shade. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
Author: John Donne
Release Date: 2016-07-04
Genre: Literary Criticism
THREE METAPHYSICAL POETS: JOHN DONNE, ROBERT HERRICK, HENRY VAUGHAN SELECTED POEMS Edited and introduced by Charlotte Greene. Three of the major Metaphysical poets are featured in this anthology: John Donne, Robert Herrick and Henry Vaughan. JOHN DONNE was, Robert Graves said, a 'Muse poet', a poetwho wrote passionately of the Muse. It is easy to see Donne asa love poet, in the tradition of love poets such as Bernard deVentadour, Dante Alighieri, Francesco Petrarch and Torquato Tasso. Donne has written his fair share of lovepoems. There are the bawdy allusions to the phallus in 'TheFlea', while 'The Comparison' parodies the adoration poem, with references to the 'sweat drops of my mistress' breast'. Like William Shakespeare in his parody sonnet 'my mistress' eyes are nothing like the sun', Donne sends up the Petrarchan and courtly love genre with gross comparisons ('Like spermatic issue of ripe menstruous boils'). In 'The Bait', there is the archetypal Renaissance opening line 'Come live with me, and be my love', as used by Christopher Marlowe and William Shakespeare, among others. And there is the complex, ambivalent eroticism of 'The Extasie', a much celebrated love poem, and the 19th 'Elegy', where features Donne's famous couplet. ROBERT HERRICK (1591-1674) was one of the Cavalier poets (other Cavalier poets included Suckling, Carew and Lovelace). He wasborn in London and lived much of his life in the roughremoteness of a parish in Devonshire. He studied at Cambridge(St John's College and Trinity Hall). His law studies weredropped in 1623, and he was ordained as a deacon and priest in1624. Robert Herrick's major work, Hesperides or The Works Both Humaneand Divine of Robert Herrick Esq., was published in 1648. There are some 1130 poems in the first, secular part, Hesperides, and272 in Noble Numbers, the religious pieces. HENRY VAUGHAN is the Metaphysical poet from the Welsh borders (he was born at Newton-upon-Usk, Breconshire, in 1621). He went up to Oxford, studied law in London, wrote some astoundingreligious poetry, and died in 1695. The very best of Henry Vaughan's Metaphysical poems appear in this book, pieces filled with a 'deep, but dazzling darkness'. Lesser known Vaughan works, including some love poems, are collected here beside the famous pieces such as 'The Morning Watch', 'The World' and 'The Night'. With an introduction for each poet and a bibliography. Includes a picture gallery for each poet. www.crmoon.com."
National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist In this stunning volume of epic breadth, Michael Schmidt connects the lives and works of more than 300 poets over the last 700 years--spanning distant shores from Scotland to Australia to the Caribbean, all sharing the English language. Schmidt reveals how each poet has transformed "a common language of poetry" into the rustic rhythms and elegiac ballads, love sonnets, and experimental postmodern verse that make up our lyrical canon. A comprehensive guided tour that is lively and always accessible, Lives of the Poets illuminates our most transcendent literary tradition. From the Trade Paperback edition.