The Hand of the poet: poems and papers in manuscript : the New York Public Library Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature

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Rizzoli, Apr 1, 1997 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 358 pages
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"A poet is a poet for such a very tiny bit of his life; for the rest he is a human being, one of whose responsibilities is to know and feel, as much as he can, all that is moving around and within him.--Dylan Thomas This unique volume celebrates poetry by providing a personal, intimate connection with the act of its creation. Based on an enormously successful exhibition at The New York Public Library, "The Hand of the Poet draws the reader into the real world of the poet-- ink spots, tobacco stains, and all-- by presenting a wide range of working drafts, letters, diary entries, photographs, and memorabilia. One hundred writers from the seventeenth century to the present day are represented, from John Donne to Mark Strand, Samuel Coleridge to Anne Waldman, Lord Byron to Julia Alvarez, William Blake to Lorine Niedecker and Stanley Kunitz. Writers better known for their prose are included here as well-- Rudyard Kipling and Vladimir Nabokov, among others. This book records the place ofpoetry in daily life and how, exactly, we turn to it as, in the words of Allen Ginsberg, not "just pretty or just beautiful," but "basic to human existence." As Dana Gioia notes in his introduction, "The Magical Value of Manuscripts," contact with handwritten manuscripts speaks to the same desire manifest in the explosion of poetry readings occurring today nationwide. Biographies and portraits of each poet-- alongside manuscripts of such legendary works as Yeats's "The Wild Swans at Coole" and W. H. Auden's "Stop All the Clocks"-- make up a mosaic that offers powerful and often surprising revelations of the person behind the poem. Illustrated with over three hundred black-and-whitephotographs, "The Hand of the Poet is for those new to poetry as well as those for whom poetry has been a life-long passion. Following both the inspiration and the labors of these writers, readers may find themselves in the position of Ralph Waldo Emerson following the travels o

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Contents

The Magical Value of Manuscripts Dana Gioia
1
John Donne
20
Alexander Pope
23
William Blake
26
Robert Burns
30
William Wordsworth
33
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
36
Leigh Hunt
40
Thomas Hardy
97
Charlotte
100
Hilaire Belloc
102
Oscar Wilde
104
Ernest Dowson
106
William Butler Yeats
108
James Stephens
112
Robert Frost
114

George Gordon Byron Lord Byron
42
Percy Bysshe Shelley
45
John Keats
49
Emily Bronte
53
William Cullen Bryant
56
Ralph Waldo Emerson
58
Henry David Thoreau
60
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
64
Oliver Wendell Holmes
67
James Russell Lowell
70
Walt Whitman
72
Emily Dickinson
76
Elizabeth Barrett Browning
79
Alfred Lord Tennyson
83
William Makepeace Thackeray
86
Lewis Carroll
89
Robert Louis Stevenson
92
Rudyard Kipling
94
Edward Thomas
116
Siegfried Sassoon
119
Rupert Brooke
122
Isaac Rosenberg
124
Humbert Wolfe
127
Anna Wickham
130
H Lawrence
132
Robert Graves
135
Elinor Wylie
138
Edna St Vincent Millay
141
Robinson Jeffers
144
William Faulkner
146
Wallace Stevens
148
William Carlos Williams
150
Ezra Pound
152
T S Eliot
155
Marianne Moore
159
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