W.S. Merwin was born in New York City in 1927 and grew up in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. He worked as a tutor in France, Portugal, and Majorca, and has translated from French, Spanish, Latin and Portugese. He has published more than a dozen volumes of orignal poetry and several volumes of prose. Mr. Merwin has been awarded the Tanning Prize, the Pulitzer and Bollingen prizes, the Fellowship of the Academy of American Poets, the Shelley Memorial Award, the Pen Translation Prize, and many other honors. He lives in Haiku, Hawaii. W.S. Merwin's Second Four Books of Poems includes some of the most startlingly original and influential poetry of the second half of this century, a poetry that has moved, as Richard Howard has written, from preterition to presence to prophecy. Other books by M.S. Merwin available from Consortium: East Window (Copper Canyon Press), 1-55659-091-1 The First Four Books of Poems (Copper Canyon Press), 1-55659-139-X Flower & Hand (Copper Canyon Press), 1-55659-119-5
This highly respected anthology presents the work of 66 poets who have "shaped the contours and direction of the mainstream of American poetry" from 1955 to the present. The collection provides a generous sampling of each poet with a photo, biographical sketches, and bibliographies. A prolific poet, editor Michael Waters continues the careful selection process as A. Poulin's literary executor.
Publisher: St. Lucia, Queensland : University of Queensland Pres
Category: Australian poetry
Takes a close and critical look at Australia's most notable poetry. this book is in fact a collection of critical essays, each containing at least one poem of significant Australian poet. The writers of the commentaries are established critics (some of them ares also poets), who are familiar not only with Australian poetry but also with English, American and European literature generally, for one of the main objects of the book is to take a fresh look at the most famous and some of the most notable recent Australian poems in the context of poetry generally.
Essays on some of the most prominent Eastern European writers from the twentieth-century from the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania and Slovakia. Discusses the contributions of these authors who played a significant role in the growth, development, and preservation of their respective literatures. This rich and diverse literary history of Eastern Europe mirrors the depth and complexity of its social and political history.
Excerpt from Poems and Translations: Including the First Four Books of Ovid's Fasti The merchant here, erect in burgher pride, Conducts some stranger to the vessel's side; Or bent on gain, impatient of delay, Rebukes the seaman for his vessel's stay. With balanced oar, his song the boatman sings; To the slim mast the undaunted sea-boy clings; The lusty mariner, with shoulders broad, To the throng deck conveys a ponderous load; Or, whilst to hide his grief he manlike strives, Bids a kind farewell to his weeping wives. So well pourtrayed, the busy scene might seem Our well-known Seaport in prophetic dream; In that huge pile a willing eye might see Bridgewater Buildings or the Old Goree; In the round tower our sea-beat Battery wall, And our Rock Lighthouse in the high ranal. At each new change we own the pencil's sway; See Rome displayed, majestic in decay! Low in the dust the broken columns lie, Or in impending ruins nod on high; The boastful tales are told in mimic stone, And nameless trophies tell of deeds unknown. On the high arch the spoils of war appear, The shattered helmet and the broken spear; With furious hate the hostile warriors burn, And, lost in thought, dejected captives mourn. To peaceful scenes again we gladly change, Through Latian fields and Tuscan groves to range; On Arno's banks, to see the mantling vine Round the tall elm its fond embrace entwine, And pendant clusters deck the antique mound, Whilst in the arch the vintage songs resound. Or in Campania's wide-extended plain, We trace old Tiber winding to the main, And see revealed, in each instructive page, The living scenes of Rome's heroic age; Fields that have known the rustic consul's plough, Or crowned with conquest the dictator's brow; Wild woods, through which, by envious wrong unchanged, Faithful and just, exiled Camillus ranged, Wandering by Allia's evil-omen'd tide, Or Gremera's stream, where the bold Fabii died. 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