The Making of a Poem: A Norton Anthology of Poetic Forms

The Making of a Poem: A Norton Anthology of Poetic Forms


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Two of our foremost poets provide here a lucid, straightforward primer that "looks squarely at some of the headaches and mysteries of poetic form": a book for readers who have always felt that an understanding of form (sonnet, ballad, villanelle, sestina, among others) would enhance their appreciation of poetry. Tracing "the exuberant history of forms," they devote one chapter to each form, offering explanation, close reading, and a rich selection of examplars that amply demonstrate the power and possibility of that form.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393049169
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 04/01/2000
Pages: 448
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.25(d)

About the Author

Eavan Boland is the author of more than a dozen volumes of poetry and nonfiction. A professor and the director of the creative writing program at Stanford University, she is the winner of a Lannan Foundation Award. She lives in Stanford, California, and Dublin, Ireland.

Mark Strand (1934—2014) won the Pulitzer Prize for Blizzard of One and was Poet Laureate of the United States.

Table of Contents

Introductory Statementxiii
On Becoming a Poetxvii
Poetic Form: A Personal Encounterxxv
IVerse Forms
The Villanelle
The Villanelle at a Glance5
The History of the Form6
The Contemporary Context8
Villanelle of His Lady's Treasures9
The House on the Hill9
Missing Dates10
The Waking11
One Art11
Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night12
The World and the Child13
Condemned Site13
By the Sound14
Saturday at the Border15
Under the Hill16
Reading Scheme17
Villanelle for the Middle of the Night18
Close-Up of a Villanelle: "One Art"19
The Sestina
The Sestina at a Glance21
The History of the Form22
The Contemporary Context24
Ye wastefull woodes, bear witness of my woe25
from Old Arcadia26
Sestine 4 from Parthenophil and Parthenophe27
Sestina: Of the Lady Pietra degli Scrovigni29
Sestina of the Tramp-Royal33
Sestina: Altaforte34
After the Trial36
The Book of Yolek37
The Shrinking Lonesome Sestina38
Close-Up of a Sestina: "Sestina: Altaforte"41
The Pantoum
The Pantoum at a Glance43
The History of the Form44
The Contemporary Context45
In Town45
Pantoum of the Great Depression47
Parents' Pantoum48
Grandmother's Song50
The Method51
Close-Up of a Pantoum: "Pantoum of the Great Depression"53
The Sonnet
The Sonnet at a Glance55
The History of the Form56
The Contemporary Context58
Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?59
Farewell to Love59
from Pamphilia to Amphilanthus60
Sonnet XXIII: Methought I saw my late espoused saint60
Holy Sonnet: At the round earth's imagined corners61
Composed upon Westminster Bridge, September 3, 180261
Bright Star62
from Monna Innominata63
from Sonnets from the Portuguese (XLIII)63
Carrion Comfort64
What lips my lips have kissed, and where, and why64
From the Dark Tower65
from "Tulips and Chimneys"66
To My Mother66
After the Bomb Tests67
A Game of Chess67
The Haw Lantern68
The Roman Baths at Nimes69
Half a Double Sonnet69
Close-Up of a Sonnet: "What lips my lips have kissed, and where, and why"71
The Ballad
The Ballad at a Glance73
The History of the Form74
The Contemporary Context77
The Cherry-tree Carol78
Sir Patrick Spens79
The Wife of Usher's Well81
My Boy Willie82
The Changeling83
from The Ballad of Reading Gaol86
Peter and John88
Bagpipe Music90
Death in Leamington91
The Tale of Custard the Dragon92
We Real Cool94
Riverbank Blues94
Ballad of John Cable and Three Gentlemen95
Close-Up of a Ballad: "We Real Cool"99
Blank Verse
Blank Verse at a Glance101
The History of the Form102
The Contemporary Context104
from his translation of The Aeneid105
from Tamburlaine the Great105
from Julius Caesar106
from Paradise Lost107
from Beachy Head108
from The Prelude109
Stanzas in Bloomsbury117
Close-Up of Blank Verse: "Directive"119
The Heroic Couplet
The Heroic Couplet at a Glance121
The History of the Form122
from The Description of Cooke-ham123
The Author to Her Book123
A Letter to Daphnis, April 2, 1685124
from Absalom and Achitophel125
from The Vanity of Human Wishes126
To S. M., a Young African Painter, on Seeing His Works127
from The Deserted Village128
from An Essay on Criticism129
My Last Duchess130
Strange Meeting132
The J Car133
Close-Up of the Heroic Couplet: "My Last Duchess"135
The Stanza
The Stanza at a Glance136
The History of the Form137
The Contemporary Context139
from Troilus and Criseyde140
from The Faerie Queene141
They Flee from Me142
Easter Wings143
The Tyger143
So We'll Go No More A-Roving144
I died for Beauty--but was scarce145
The Convergence of the Twain145
The Song of the Mad Prince146
A Quoi Bon Dire147
Song of the Son147
The Tropics in New York148
Night Song at Amalfi149
Not Waving but Drowning149
On Teaching the Young149
Those Winter Sundays150
Warming Her Pearls151
Close-Up of a Stanza: "I died for Beauty--but was scarce"154
Meter at a Glance159
A Brief Checklist of Further Reading on Meter161
IIIShaping Forms
The Elegy
Lament for the Makaris168
If Ever Hapless Woman Had a Cause171
On My First Son172
Epitaph. On her Son H.P. at St. Syth's Church where her body also lies Interred172
Here Follows Some Verses upon the Burning of Our House July 10th, 1666. Copied out of a Loose Paper178
Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard180
R. Alcona to J. Brenzaida184
O Captain! My Captain!185
Dover Beach185
To His Love187
Bells for John Whiteside's Daughter187
Tears in Sleep188
In Memory of W. B. Yeats188
from The Quaker Graveyard in Nantucket191
Dream Song 324194
To the Dead194
In Memoriam Paul Celan196
The Legend197
The Elegy for New York198
Supernatural Love200
Mirror in February202
Child Burial204
The Pastoral
The Passionate Shepherd to His Love209
from Love's Labor's Lost210
The Garden210
To My Sister213
Ode on a Grecian Urn214
Loveliest of Trees215
The Wife of Llew216
Urban Pastoral216
Remembered Morning217
The Thought-Fox217
The Explosion218
Lying in a Hammock at William Duffy's Farm in Pine Island, Minnesota219
Midsummer, Tobago220
The Bear220
Let Evening Come224
Meditation at Lagunitas226
From the Porch227
A Walrus Tusk from Alaska227
Looking West from Laguna Beach at Night228
The Broad Bean Sermon229
Of the Finished World230
Waiting for the Storm233
An Engraving of Blake233
Pygmalion's Image233
Mock Orange234
The Black Walnut Tree235
Heart of the Matter236
Shoeing the Currach238
The Ode
Ode to the West Wind241
To Autumn243
The Fire of Driftwood245
from The Bridge247
The Paper Nautilus248
Australia 1970249
Miracle Glass Co.250
The Blue Swallows250
Ode to Meaning252
Perhaps the World Ends Here254
IVOpen Forms
The Circus Animals' Desertion260
The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock262
I, Too266
The Idea of Order at Key West266
Spring and All268
Ave Maria272
Uncertain Oneiromancy273
Diving into the Wreck276
The Language of the Brag280
The Colonel281
The German Army, Russia, 1943282
Starlight Scope Myopia282
Reading Plato284
Close-Up of Open Forms: "Diving into the Wreck"287
A Brief Glossary289
Biographies and Further Reading293
Suggested Reading335
General Index349
Index of Authors, Titles, and First Lines357

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