To the Moon: An Anthology of Lunar Poems

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Pan Macmillan, Oct 2, 2009 - Poetry - 208 pages
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Carol Ann Duffy's beautiful anthology features an eclectic mix of poems that chart human fascination with the moon across the centuries and around the world.

Carol Ann Duffy on To the Moon:

'Editing Answering Back, in which living poets replied to poems from the past, I was astonished to see how many of the poems, old and new, referred to the moon. I then started to keep a record of such references, and from my notebook, I see that in one morning alone I came across no fewer than nine poems, from the likes of Coleridge, Graves, Rosetti and Rowe - and it was this selection that initially inspired To the Moon.

There's something incredibly moving, and electrifying, to read a poem from the Chinese Book of Odes, written around 500 BC, and to feel both our distance from and our closeness to the past, and the Moon itself:

I climbed the hill just as the new moon showed,

I saw him coming on the southern road.

My heart lays down its load.

In collecting together poems such as these - poems that span continents and centuries - To the Moon shows what it is to be human; to love, to lose, to dream and to hope. The poems it contains give us a real and profound sense of our time on this planet, and the pleasures they offer are - like space itself - infinite.'

 

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Contents

The Moon
Full Moon
The Morning Glory
Flowers and Moonlight on the Spring River
Full Moon
Moonlit Night
Living in the Summer Mountains
Riddle
Liberty
Overheard On A Saltmarsh
It was the Lovely Moon
Autumn
Morning Song
Moons Ending
Phases of the Moon
WeekNight Service

Although the Wind
Moon Flowers Man
On the Spirit of the Heart as MoonDisk
Night Thoughts
Song to the Moon in a Well
The Neglected Wife
Mad Song
from Epithalamion
from Astrophil and Stella
Of the Moon
Hymn to Diana
Eternitie
To Music to Becalm a Sweet Sick Youth
Thanks Gentle Moone for thy Obscured Light
The Nightingale
from Book IV of Paradise Lost
To The Moon
Moon
The Rigs o Barley
Frost at Midnight
A Soliloquy of the Full Moon She Being in a Mad Passion
To the Autumnal Moon
The Young May Moon
While Gazing on the Moons Light
Well Go No More ARoving
The Moon
from Pleasures of Spring
To the Moon
The Morning Moon
On the Eclipse of the Moon of October 1865
The Owl and the Pussycat
Meeting at Night
The Road
Look Down Fair Moon
Dirge for Two Veterans
Dover Beach
The Moon
A Match with the Moon
The Moon was But a Chin of Gold
Lady Moon
At a Lunar Eclipse
To the Moon
I Looked Up From My Writing
Moonrise
Clair de Lune
On Moonlit Heath and Lonesome Bank
White In the Moon the Long Road Lies
Clair de Lune
The Cat and the Moon
At Dieppe
Mr Floods Party
Wind and Silver
MoonLover
Moon Compasses
Red MoonRise
Moonrise
A Poplar and the Moon
Full Moon
Clouds
Hooded Night
The New Moon
If Still Your Orchards Bear
Full Moon
Ars Poetica
Voyage to the Moon
who knows if the moons
Full Moon
The Cruel Moon
An Old Woman Speaks of the Moon
The Moon Sails Out
Ckaplinesque
Meditation
Nightwalker
Make This Night
Moon Landing
Insomnia
A Nameless Woman
The Moon In Lleyn
Landing on the Moon
Clown In The Moon
In My Craft or Sullen Art
The Moon and the Night and the Men
Translunar Space March
Sad Steps
Moon Object
The Well
In Praise of Creation
You Can Have It
Full Moon and Little Frieda
The Harvest Moon
August Full Moon
The Moon and the Yew Tree
The Worshipful Company of Moonwatchers
Moon
Piano
Eclipse of the Moon
On the Moon
Speech Balloon
The Woman in the Moon
Moon Hymn
Prayer
Index of Poets
Index of Titles
Index of First Lines
Contributors Biographies
Acknowledgements
Copyright

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About the author (2009)

Carol Ann Duffy was born in Glasgow in 1955. She grew up in Stafford and then attended the University of Liverpool, where she studied philosophy. She has written for both children and adults, and her poetry has received many awards, including the Signal Prize for Children's Verse, the Whitbread, Forward and T. S. Eliot Prizes, the PEN Pinter Prize, and the Lannan Award and the E. M. Forster Prize in America. She was appointed Poet Laureate in 2009. Her collections include Ritual Lighting, Love Poems and The Bees which won the Costa Poetry Award.

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