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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.

Poets and Poetry
Sharing the Universe: Collaborative Poetry Hints at Global Values

In Quest of the 'Real' Walt Whitman

Will Eliot Endure?

Fond Memories of Robert Graves

Conversation With Pulitzer Winner Lou Simpson

The Magic of the Stone Circle: The Oral Tradition in America

Shamanistic Chants and Modern Poetry

Poets at the Front in Iraq

Walt Whitman's 'Song of Myself'

Frost for the Eighties: The Message of a Celebrated Poem

Moving in Memory : Three U.S. Poems

Scanning American Poetry: 1947-1987

Yeats and Modernism

Ezra Pound and Modernism

Accepting Reality: John Crowe Ransom and Death Bring Home Some Eternal Verities

Celebrating René Char: Reflections of a French Poet

Blake's World of Imagination

Wordsworth's Abyss

Where Folly Held a Fair: A Profile of Edna St. Vincent Millay

Pathan Poetry of Afghanistan and Pakistan

'Pure' Poetry and 'Red' Verse: A Comparative Study of Puritan and Chinese Red Guard Works

Japanese Poetry by the Heart

The Outsider: A Profile of Rudyard Kipling

From Prophecy to Parody

Love Lost and Found: The Lives of Elizabeth and Robert Browning

The Battered Heart: A Profile of John Donne

Transforming the Ordinary Into the Extraordinary: A Profile of Ted Kooser

Paul Celan: Poet of Anguish

Ginsberg, Kerouac, the Beats and the Hippies

Christina Georgina Rossetti

Poetry of Universal Love: The Journey of the Poet Rumi

Saadi of Shiraz: The 13th Century Persian Poet of Compassionate Wisdom

Counting the Ways: Contemporary Poets

Thomas Carlyle: Victorian Prophet

The Two Deserts of W.S. Merwin

Emily Dickinson: Quintessential American Poet

The Persian Epic of Kings: Millennium of the Poet Ferdowsi

Matthew Arnold: Modern Victorian

Alfred, Lord Tennyson: Eminent Victorian

Francis Thompson: Poet of Faith

The Rubâiyât of Omar Khayyam: Persia's Poet-Scientist

The Glass House of Tomas Tranströmer

Alexander Pushkin: The Palace and the Poet

An Evening of Poetic Inspiration

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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