Animal Poems

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John Hollander
Knopf, 1994 - Poetry - 256 pages
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An anonymous Anglo-Saxon poet praises the whale. Shakespeare sympathizes with the hunted hare. Marianne Moore tries to catch a jelly-fish. Virgil and Emily Dickinson contemplate Bees. Kipling lulls a baby seal to sleep. From East to West, from ancient times to modern, from Mei Yu Ch'en on swarming mosquitoes to William Cullen Bryant's solitary waterfowl and Rainer Maria Rilke's enchanted gazelle, from Auden on cats and dogs to E.E. Cummings's verse in the shape of a grasshopper to James Merrill's vision of the octopus, here--selected by John Hollander--are 136 poems that provide exhilarating access to literature's glorious lyric zoo.

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POETRY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE: ANIMAL POEMS

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The newest volume in the Poetry for Young People series continues the format; Hollander gathers 34 short selections on a common theme—here, real animals, as opposed to the imaginary sort—and ... Read full review

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A good collection of animal poems. This book gives the young reader a sampling of various poets through poems about real and imaginary animals. Read full review

Contents

Foreword
13
Old
19
William butler yeats The Cat and the Moon
25
thomas gray Ode on the Death of a Favourite
32
edwin muir Horses
41
ANTHONY HECHT Pig 47
255
thomas hardy The Oxen
50
virgil Of Bees
56
CHARLES BAUDELAIRE Owls
118
john donne The Flea
127
daryl hine The Wasp
134
mcclatchy Snake
141
tristan corbiere The Toad
147
Marianne moore To a Chameleon
153
oppian The Loves of the Tortoise
158
oppian The Loves of the Eel
171

paul valery The Bee
62
matsuo basho The Call of Two Birds
68
Stephen crane Little Birds of the Night
75
yosa buson The Sound of a Rat
81
H LAwrENCE Bat 86
13
w b yeats To a Squirrel at Kylenano
89
h lawrence A Doe at Evening
95
rudyard kipling HuntingSong of the Seeonee
102
marianne moore To a Giraffe
109
thomas lovell beddoes The Carrion Crow
115
w s merwin Leviathan
184
anon sanskrit Flamingo
197
may swenson Fireflies
208
john keats The Grasshopper and Cricket
214
james merrill To a Butterfly
220
mcclatchy Dragonfly
226
ALL CREATURES
184
rupert brooke The Song of the Beasts
231
alkman The Creatures Rest
244
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About the author (1994)

John Hollander is the author of seventeen previous books of poetry. His first, A Crackling of Thorns, was chosen by W. H. Auden as the 1958 volume in the Yale Series of Younger Poets. He has written eight books of criticism, including the award-winning Rhyme's Reason: A Guide to English Verse and The Work of Poetry, and edited or coedited twenty-two collections, among them The Oxford Anthology of English Literature, American Poetry: The Nineteenth Century, and (with Anthony Hecht, with whom he shared the Bollingen Prize in Poetry in 1983) Jiggery-Pokery: A Compendium of Double Dactyls.Mr. Hollander attended Columbia and Indiana Universities and was a Junior Fellow of the Society of Fellows of Harvard University. He has taught at Connecticut College and Yale, and was a professor of English at Hunter College and the Graduate Center, CUNY. He is currently Sterling Professor emeritus of English at Yale. In 1990 he received a MacArthur Fellowship.

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