Posts tagged with poetry

Oct 24 2017

This woman's accomplishments merited a BIG tombstone.

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I was listening to The Writer's Almanac today, and Garrison Keillor's soothing voice introduced me to the wonder that was Sarah Josepha Hale, the editor and poet who is widely credited with successfully campaigning to make Thanksgiving a national holiday. Hale was also a major force behind...

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Apr 13 2017

Those hairstyles, though...

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I just saw the trailer for Terrence Davies's 2016 movie about the life of poet Emily Dickinson, A Quiet Passion. It looks very elegant and tasteful, but maybe a little low on actual plot...

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Apr 6 2017

Reworking the story

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There's a glowing review up on NPR of the animated Japanese movie Your Name, which is apparently based on a classic Japanese poem by author Ono no Komachi. I'm not sure which poem, but you can read a selection of Komachi's work...

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Aug 20 2015

Bewildering

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According to Deadline, Warner Bros. plans to make a film version of Dante’s Inferno that will focus on the poem's "epic love story", which the article summarizes as "Dante [descending] through the nine circles of hell to save the woman he loves." I am so confused about this...

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Jul 7 2015

But why?

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And speaking of inexplicable projects, FOX Soccer asked actress Helen Mirren to read Shel Silverstein's "Where the Sidewalk Ends" as a voice-over for their visual recap of the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup. Don't get me wrong: I love Helen Mirren, Shel Silverstein, and the Women's World Cup, but...

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Jun 11 2015

Busy guy

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The Library of Congress announced yesterday that the next U.S. poet laureate will be Juan Felipe Herrera. Herrera, a California-based activist, teacher, and author of poetry, "novels in verse", and children's books, is the first Latino poet to be appointed to the position...

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Dec 2 2014

Lost and found

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According to NPR, the long-lost Neal Cassady letter that inspired Jack Kerouac's stream-of-consciousness novel On the Road has been found, and will be auctioned off next month...

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Jun 12 2014

Maybe satirical rhyming?

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NPR has a great article up about the newly-announced Poet Laureate: Charles Wright, a retired professor at the University of Virginia. So far, his reaction has not given me much faith in his eloquence...

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Jan 30 2014

Unexpected

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According to The Daily Beast, a scholar recently discovered fragments of two previously unknown poems by the ancient Greek poet Sappho. The private owner of a 3rd century A.D. papyrus recently consulted Oxford classicist and "world-renowned papyrologist" Dr. Dirk Obbink about the Greek writing on his papyrus scraps...

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May 9 2013

Congratulations, Ms. Tapahonso!

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In a bit of closer-to-home poetry news, the Navajo Nation has just announced its first Poet Laureate: Luci Tapahonso, a poet, college professor, and novelist whose writing often blends English with Diné, the Navajo language...

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May 7 2013

Poetry in space

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If you have dreams of becoming an intergalactically famous poet, now's your chance: NASA is promoting its upcoming launch of the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution spacecraft (MAVEN) via its "Going to Mars with MAVEN" project. Mission managers have invited the poetry-writing public to submit haiku written for the occasion...

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Apr 16 2013

Poetry in the wild

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Just in time for National Poetry Month, the New York Times has created Times Haiku, a website devoted to "serendipitous poetry" featured on the paper's front page. The paper uses an algorithm that automatically scans text for naturally-occurring haiku. Human editors pick the best options, which are posted daily...

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Mar 5 2013

A treasure trove for Kipling fans

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The Guardian informs me that more than 50 previously unpublished Rudyard Kipling poems will be released for the first time this month. The poems were apparently discovered by American scholar Thomas Pinney. Some were stashed...

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Feb 21 2013

Solving a mystery

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In a bit of interesting (if gross) news, poet Pablo Neruda's body is going to be exhumed and tested for evidence of poisoning, according to Time. Neruda's family has always maintained that he died at age 69 of advanced prostate cancer, but a judge in Chile has ordered the autopsy in response...

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Sep 24 2012

Literary speculation

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There's a new biography out that claims–without any actual evidence, as far as I can tell–that the poet John Keats was an opium addict, and wrote many of his most famous poems under the influence of laudanum. There's no way to prove the situation either way, of course, but I can't help but think of Cold Comfort Farm's Mr. Mybug...

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Aug 23 2012

"Only the shallow know themselves."

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Flavorwire recently posted an audio clip (via Open Culture) of Oscar Wilde reciting two verses of his 1897 poem The Ballad of Reading Gaol. It's initially tough to make out Wilde's voice, but if you listen carefully...

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May 3 2012

Postcard Poets

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I love this idea: 2 or 4 curated poems mailed to you via real postcards over the course of a month, costing either $5 or $9. You get to choose which type of poetry you receive—comic, romantic, existentialist, or dreamlike. Wouldn't that be an awesome gift for a school classroom?

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Apr 5 2010

Poetry Speaks Who I Am, edited by Elise Paschen

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Poetry Speaks Who I Am is the latest anthology to come from Sourcebooks' Poetry Speaks line, and the first—perhaps only?—poetry collection aimed specifically at middle-school-age readers. This ...

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Dec 9 2009

Inappropriate in so many ways...

Little known fact: the story of The Sorcerer's Apprentice, that creepy bit in Fantasia with Mickey Mouse battling the brooms (which terrified me as a child, BTW), is actually based on a poem by Go...

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Nov 3 2009

Out and about

The AP Wire recently posted a story about a dude named Walter Skold, an amateur poet and the founder of the Dead Poets Society of America. (Their tagline: "We dig dead poets... you dig?") Mr. Skol...

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Sep 15 2009

Well, if people went to see a love story set on the Titanic, why not?

But if you like your movies sob-inducing, feel free to check out Bright Star, a biopic about the love affair of poet John Keats and the young woman who lived next door to him. Not to spoil things...

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May 6 2009

England gets with the times

At long last, Britain has chosen a woman as its poet laureate: the Scottish-born, openly gay poet Carol Ann Duffy will be the first female to hold the post since it was created in 1668. Duffy wil...

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Oct 20 2008

Ode to a Hot Mess

I managed to catch today's installment of The Writer's Almanac, which reminded me that today was French poet Arthur Rimbaud's birthday. Now, normally I dismiss the Symbolist poets as a bunch of wh...

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Oct 30 2007

Poetry Speaks Expanded, edited by Elise Paschen and Rebekah Presson Mosby

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Poetry Speaks Expanded, edited by Elise Paschen and Rebekah Presson Mosby, is an updated version of the 2001 collection Poetry Speaks. This remarkable book features poems from 47 of the greatest ...

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Feb 14 2007

Worcandy loves John Donne's poetry

In honor of Valentine's Day, here's a bizarre little love poem from John Donne. (Please note: This may not be to everybody's taste. If you're looking for something a little more conventional, t...

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Oct 27 2006

Wordcandy loves Sylvia Plath's poetry

It's been a long time since we've done one of these, but today is Sylvia Plath's birthday (and, let's face it, a lot of her stuff is very Halloween-appropriate), so I think it's time:TerminalRidin...

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May 18 2006

Wordcandy loves the poetry of William Carlos Williams

This Is Just to Say I have eatenthe plumsthat were inthe iceboxand which you were probablysavingfor breakfastForgive methey were deliciousso sweetand so cold -William Carlos Williams

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Apr 14 2006
Apr 1 2006

Wordcandy loves Roethke's poetry

I Knew a WomanI knew a woman, lovely in her bones,When small birds sighed, she would sigh back at them;Ah, when she moved, she moved more ways than one:The shapes a bright container can contain!Of...

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Mar 22 2006

Wordcandy loves Auden's poetry

"The Fall of Rome"The piers are pummelled by the waves;In a lonely field the rainLashes an abandoned train;Outlaws fill the mountain caves.Fantastic grow the evening gowns;Agents of the Fisc pursu...

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