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The sonnets of Shakespeare, elegies by Thomas Gray, and odes to mice and lice by Robert Burns are commonly anthologized. Here, however, The World & I has produced a truly unique collection designed to help you explore poetry beyond the ordinary, from that of Pulitzer Prize winner Louis Simpson to eighth-century Japanese verses by Lady Hegun.

Wistfully Dreaming While Awake : Three British Poems

Solitudes Within Solitude : Three Welsh Poems

'There Is No Story' : Eight British Poems

The Ghosts of February : Two British Poems

Chorus of Newsmen (1922) : A British Poem

Of Trees and Dreams : Three British Poems

Huntingdonshire Eclogues : Four British Poems

Of Ghosts, Jubilees, and Picnics : Five British Poems

German Interludes : Three British Poems

Scandalous Laughter of Cannons : Two British Poems

Wild Roses, Words, and Catacombs : Five British Poems

Historical Thoughts : A British Poem

The Absolute Tremor of Heat : Five British Poems

Of Times and Legends Past : Four British Poems

Brunel, the Black Prince, and Other Thoughts : Four British Poems

Lingering Moments of the Past : Two British Poems

To Be With You Again : Five British Poems

Hear the Message : Four British Poems

Poets and Poetry

In fact, whereas Asian poetry is largely ignored in the United States with the exception of haiku, we include in this set, for your enrichment, Graeme Wilson’s interpretations of poems from China, Japan, Thailand, and Vietnam. Add to these the work of Cuban, Israeli, Estonian, and other poets and you have a collection unlike those found anywhere else.

We also present appreciative essays about the contributions of poets such as Robert Frost, John Crowe Ransom, Robert Graves, and René Char, as well as take a look at some novel approaches to poetry. For those curious about other cultures and times, looking into the personal reflections of poets offers the chance to experience an intimate, shared moment between the poet, his or her cultural inheritance, and ourselves.

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