When New and Selected Poems, Volume One was originally published in 1992, Mary Oliver was awarded the National Book Award. In the fourteen years since its initial appearance it has become one of the best-selling volumes of poetry in the country. This collection features thirty poems published only in this volume as well as selections from the poet's first eight books. Mary Oliver's perceptive, brilliantly crafted poems about the natural landscape and the fundamental questions of life and death have won high praise from critics and readers alike. "Do you love this world?" she interrupts a poem about peonies to ask the reader. "Do you cherish your humble and silky life?" She makes us see the extraordinary in our everyday lives, how something as common as light can be "an invitation/to happiness,/and that happiness,/when it's done right,/is a kind of holiness,/palpable and redemptive." She illuminates how a near miss with an alligator can be the catalyst for seeing the world "as if for the second time/the way it really is." Oliver's passionate demonstrations of delight are powerful reminders of the bond between every individual, all living things, and the natural world.
These poems are based on religion, relationships and family. This book talks about how you can better yourself by making your dreams come to reality. It also lets the reader know that there is a heavenly God and he is our comforter. There is a topic in this book that talks about the consequences you could face in an intimate relationship when you or your partner refuses to use protection. If you are religious, heart broken, or you are longing for that special someone in your life, this is the right book for you. If you are parent or guardian and you want to write or read a delicate poem for your loved one, this is the right book for you. If you are a child, whether or not you love your parents or guardian, and you want to write or read a delicate poem for them, this is the right book for you. It is my hope and prayer that when you read and meditate on these poems, that they will speak to your life situation wherever you are, and that you would receive some guidance in what I have been through.
Whether you are a student with a keen interest in literature, or a teacher wondering where to start with those poems haunting your curriculum, "Art of Poetry" will show you the way. Comprising a series of intense, yet accessible, explorations of twenty famous poems, these books expose the inner circuitry of poetry.
Enid Freeman was born in February 1937, as an only child living in a rural community. She always had a passion for writing poetry for every occasion or event happening around her and in the world at large. In her poetry all her feelings and thoughts and emotions emerged, her way of telling stories or explaining how she felt about certain subjects came through these pieces. Her first pieces of poetry were written in 1969 and the family still keeps her original handwritten pieces. We have enjoyed reading 'Mama's poetry' which brings back so many happy memories of her, as she sadly passed in 2014. We hope others enjoy her poetry too.
As the initial volume of an impressive series comprising the full collection of verse by Louis Daniel Brodsky, this book begins with Brodsky's first poem, written during his final months at Yale, in 1963, and traces the author's maturation into his apprentice years (when he was a young graduate student in English, at Washington University, in St. Louis), presenting the hundreds of poems, prose poems, and short, autobiographical prose works he had composed by June of 1967, when he launched his professional writing career. These pieces serve not only as a measure of Brodsky's evolution as a poet but as a human being, chronicling one man's struggle to find his purpose in life, to make a place for himself in a society often at odds with his own convictions. His hopes, fears, and frustrations permeate the work, revealing the intense inner conflicts he felt compelled to set to paper, from individual matters -- his indecision over vocational goals, his candid experiences with love and rejection, the overwhelming isolation inherent in his academic pursuits -- to more global concerns, especially his acute awareness of the increasing social and political turbulence surrounding him. By grappling with these issues in his writing, he explored passionate emotions, released tension, and, at times, resolved doubts evoked through his introspection. But more important, he used this outpouring to hone his creative skills and develop his personal and professional identity, ultimately creating this tangible record of his travail and his ecstasy, his certitude and his confusion, and, finally, his journey into the heart of the person he would never stop becoming -- a poet.
In the literate tradition of poetry, the poet's appeal to an audience is dual: namely, auditory and visual, the sound of words as spoken, as well as the words as set on paper. Today, in view of the modern world of increasing digital technology, the consequent tendency of the reader has shifted to reading poems privately, in their nooks/tablets, rather than listening to them at poetry recitals. Few authors, still venturing into the world of the printed pages, manage to keep alive the magic of the art of reading poetry directly from a physical book. In honor of this fading art, author Alex Cuoco created the African Poems Series to put into print a form of African art, the Yoruba oral tradition of Oriki, with the hopes of distancing it from the list of items threatened to fall into extinction. This poetry edition brings the reader a repertoire of magical evocations, startling imagery, mythological allusions, reclamations, outrages, reasoning and wisdom, all against the backdrop of Yoruba poetry which is one of the world's most fascinating literary traditions. African Poems Volume One: A Praise Anthology to Yoruba Orishas, Rituals, Traditions and Wisdom will delight the readers with its wealth of information on Yoruba Ori a religious beliefs that is presented in a spirited poetic form. This Anthology contains eight chapters and 317 poems in total. Chapter one, being the most extensive one, entitled: Praise to the Orishas, provides portraits of poetic praises, based on traditional Yoruba Oriki to different Ori a, divinities of the Yoruba pantheon. The following seven themed chapters, Divine Metamorphosis, Power and Traditions, Ritual Rising, Awaking the Spirits, Of Gods and Man, Call of the Gods and Reclaiming the Soil, contain sixteen poems each, embracing a variety of themes concerning different aspects of Yoruba traditional culture, rituals, traditions, social aspects and wisdom, written mostly, in free style poetry. It is common knowle"