To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? John Clare is now celebrated as English literature's most important poet of the natural world. Flower Poems contains poems which include detailed interactions with and descriptions of flowers. These floral poems cover topics such as childhood, love, faith, parenthood, old age, rambling, rural life, ecology and the environmental damage wrought upon nature by humanity.
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It is a great collection of some really good poems. Mar 07, Laurie rated it really liked it. Love that red wheel barrow. These books also brood on many themes and images common in Williams: love, imagination, flowers, mortality, and poetry. In fact, these appear themes appear so often in both books that they give the sense of one long piece. The Descent and The Desert Music stand out in the first collection, and Asphodel, That Greeny Flower is the highlight of the second, with this famous passage: It is difficult To get the news from poems yet men die miserably every day for lack of what is found there.
Williams is an outstanding poet, and one I admired much in my younger days. But his themes don't necessarily speak strongly to me any more. He's something of a Romantic writing in a materialistic age. His insight and images are strong, but in style and content, there are other poets I prefer. Jun 06, Laura rated it it was ok Shelves: poetry , adult , read , review-on-blog. I read each poem in this book hoping that the next one would be better, or at least, make more sense. I was actually looking for a poem that I had heard at a writer's workshop and thought was really cool.
The speaker had read a couple poems by this author and I was piqued to read more of his writing. But when I finished this book, I was majorly disappointed. I didn't find any poems that I thought were awesome or deeply moving. Instead I was annoyed that I had just wasted my time reading this boo I read each poem in this book hoping that the next one would be better, or at least, make more sense. Instead I was annoyed that I had just wasted my time reading this book without getting anything out of it.
And when I did stumble across that poem that had been so magical, it had lost it's shine, it was tainted by the fact that I had just read all these other poems and none of them were as good as I had imagined they would be. I would not recommend this book. Jan 21, Antonio Delgado rated it it was amazing. Words have sounds that found images in the sound of words that create the images that are found in the words that one creates for sounds William Carlos Williams knows how to see and hear through the words of his poems.
Jul 06, Julianna rated it it was amazing Shelves: assigned-textbooks , poetry. I really enjoyed the creativity behind the author's work, and his style in general. His poetry is eye catching and exciting regardless of how old it is. Jan 29, Josh added it. Best Modernist. Jul 30, Donnie rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Some people. Shelves: poetry. This one was better. Aug 04, Rynell rated it it was amazing Shelves: poetry. I love his pared down words. And images. Jul 02, Cindi Van Meir rated it liked it. So much depends upon a red wheelbarrow. Jul 17, Catherine added it.
Jeb rated it really liked it Oct 15, Charles Williams rated it really liked it Sep 15, Nickl rated it it was amazing Oct 07, Edward Frost rated it liked it Dec 11, Christopher rated it really liked it Aug 28, James E. Martin rated it it was amazing Apr 03, There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Readers also enjoyed. About William Carlos Williams. William Carlos Williams. William Carlos Williams was an American poet closely associated with modernism and Imagism. He was also a pediatrician and general practitioner of medicine. Williams "worked harder at being a writer than he did at being a physician," wrote biographer Linda Wagner-Martin.
During his long lifetime, Williams excelled both as a poet and a physician. Although his primary occupation was as a doctor, Will William Carlos Williams was an American poet closely associated with modernism and Imagism.
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Although his primary occupation was as a doctor, Williams had a full literary career. His work consists of short stories, poems, plays, novels, critical essays, an autobiography, translations and correspondence. He wrote at night and spent weekends in New York City with friends—writers and artists like the avant-garde painters Marcel Duchamp and Francis Picabia and the poets Wallace Stevens and Marianne Moore. He became involved in the Imagist movement but soon he began to develop opinions that differed from those of his poetic peers, Ezra Pound and T.
Later in his life, Williams toured the United States giving poetry readings and lectures. The Poetry Society of America continues to honor William Carlos Williams by presenting an annual award in his name for the best book of poetry published by a small, non-profit or university press. He was inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame in Books by William Carlos Williams. Trivia About The Collected Poe No trivia or quizzes yet. As I quote her, I will not be including tiny slashes to indicate line breaks, since she tends to write in fairly conventional and complete sentences and since her line breaks rarely warrant special attention : "I want to make poems that say right out, plainly what I mean, that don't go looking for the laces of elaboration, puffed sleeves.
She is not ashamed to find ordinary things miraculous and to exhort people to "look" and to "listen" with the conviction that doing so is a life-saving or, at least, mood-elevating endeavor. In this regard, she is a bit like a no frills Rilke, a less philosophical Annie Dillard or an aerated and slightly less overtly Christ-obsessed Gerard Manley Hopkins. Also, she is a bit like Francis Ponge, especially in her comfort with prose and her love for humble subjects. I absolutely love everyone that I just compared her to and was impressed that she reminded me only of writers I devour and never of ones that I reject.
Her dogged humility somehow makes her leaps of spirit more lovable and open, especially because she has an endearing habit of back peddling, now and then, after particularly bold or poetic comparisons, as if to make sure that her readers remember that she is not taking her words as seriously as she is taking her mission. For instance, "At my feet the white-petaled daisies display the small suns of their center-piece, their--if you don't mind my saying so--their hearts. Of course I could be wrong, perhaps their hearts are pale and narrow and hidden in the roots.
What do I know. Various things happened next. A fairly long list, I won't go into it. They also soften the more critical edge of her worldview. And for a concluding line, how is "Be ignited, or be gone. This volume was enough of a pleasure that I will read more of Oliver and I would recommend giving this volume to anyone: young people, your grandparents ; but as the collection moved further into her past only as far as the mid s , I did notice that she seemed more rhetorical, a little bit more Christian in language angels, lord, Alleluia and a bit less warming and impressive in her lines about sparrow song.
We'll see. It doesn't matter how she wrote, because she's clearly turned into a voice of affirmation, encouragement and wonder. Jan 06, andy rated it it was amazing Shelves: favorites.
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No, that is a misconception. It is about love of life. It is meant to be be chewed, syllable by syllable. Mar 26, Sasha rated it really liked it. Probably a 3.
- The Collected Poems, Vol. 2: 1939-1962.
- La fille au pied de la croix (French Edition)?
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Some of these poems were so so beautiful and life giving. I also got a little bogged down by the end. Really appreciated how overall accessible these were though! I think this was true. And more than once, in my long life, I have wished to be her. Dec 31, Kara rated it it was amazing Shelves: , favorites , poetry , fave-authors. May 28, Leigh rated it it was amazing. I love this woman -- the way she thinks, the way she sees the world.
View 2 comments. Jan 27, Alex rated it it was amazing Shelves: poetry. I usually don't love these sorts of long, "new and selected" collections, but when I heard that Mary Oliver died I thought about how many times I've thought "I should really read her" and never followed through. Besides 'Wild Geese' I had barely read any of her poems, and this was what the library had.
I am SO glad I picked it up. She is a very consistent poet, both in the quality and tone of her poems, and the way she connected to the natural world spoke so clearly to me. It was a joy to work t I usually don't love these sorts of long, "new and selected" collections, but when I heard that Mary Oliver died I thought about how many times I've thought "I should really read her" and never followed through.
It was a joy to work through these poems, and it was especially interesting to note the times that death in various forms came up, which leant a lot of nuance to the few quotes that people had been sharing around in the wake of her passing.
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We lost a giant, but I'm so glad that I have so much of her work left to look forward to. Dec 03, Roger DeBlanck rated it it was amazing Shelves: poetry. Mary Oliver is the astonished, celebratory observer of the natural world. Her poems are like benedictions and prayers. She is generous in giving back to the world all the love, passion, and wonder it has produced in her. She immerses herself in opportunities to experience joy and know compassion. She announces her admiration and devotion for the existence of all living things, and she yearns to gain the keenest of lessons from the cycles of nature on how to live life to its fullest.
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Her poems are also like reveries where she confesses her willingness to transform herself into the elemental grandeur and mystery of the natural world. Aug 09, Arta rated it really liked it Shelves: books-i-own , poetry. Life so far doesn't have any other name but breath and light, wind and rain. Mary Oliver's poems are inspired by nature.
She writes about birds, dogs, trees, sometimes people or a certain sentiment, but somehow I could relate to almost all of them.
Her poems are so positive, sometimes bitter-sweet, but th "But mostly I just stand in the dark field, in the middle of the world, breathing in and out. Her poems are so positive, sometimes bitter-sweet, but they make me feel good or smile.
If you're new to poetry, like myself, I would definitely recommend Mary Oliver's poetry. Especially the first volume. Aug 13, l. I am amazed by my hate for her poetry! They were not disappointed when they saw the scissors, rather they brace themselves sweetly and shone with willingness. They were on tall and tender poles, with wheels of leaves. They were soft as the ears of kittens. They felt warm in recognition of the summer day.
A dozen was plenty. I held them in my arms. They were silent the way the deepest water is silent. If they wondered where they were goin I am amazed by my hate for her poetry! If they wondered where they were going they didn't show it, as they sprinkled freely over my shirt and my hands their precious gold dust.
Aug 24, Jenny rated it it was amazing Shelves: poetry. I have been trying to find a poet I like, and Mary Oliver is probably one of my current favorites.
This collection is beautiful in all senses the word can be used; I normally find nature poems and stories hard to get into, but Oliver uses nature and living creatures to illuminate the self or the "soul". When I read her poems, I feel as if I am finally seeing the things that are important: the world around us as it is, words that are used to create something beautiful, and who I am, and could b I have been trying to find a poet I like, and Mary Oliver is probably one of my current favorites.
When I read her poems, I feel as if I am finally seeing the things that are important: the world around us as it is, words that are used to create something beautiful, and who I am, and could be--if I choose to look instead of searching, if I choose to fall into, instead of holding back, if I choose to breathe instead of fighting breath. She inspires me to write.