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February 2022 - Additions

Thankyou to the Law Department at Duke University for tracking copyright expiration. The full text of Enough Rope by Dorothy Parker has been added to the collection (90 poems). Parker has also been added to the condensed and detailed author indexes, and the title has been added to the bookshelf collection.

And yes, the Subject Index is still pending.

All for now. -- Steve

September 2021 - (Minor Updates)

Everything that was re-written last year seems to be working still. This update was to correct some typos (yes, I know there are more) and add a link to the 2021 National Poetry Month archive on Tumblr. If you have suggestions on who we should feature in 2022, or you would like to join in as an essayist, please let me know.

The Subject Index is still pending.

All for now. -- Steve

June 18th, 2020 - Poet's Corner Update Complete (mostly)

As of today, all of the files in the poetry collection have been brought up to the current, fully-compliant security standard, and to the current format. All outdated links have been fixed, and features that can no longer be supported have been removed for the present time, until work-arounds can be developed. Please understand that this is the largest collection, with over 2,400 files in 82 directories.

There is still some work to be done on the Subject Index - about 1/2 of the 60-ish files have the content and commentary I want, the other 2/3 will be re-written.

From a cosmetic standpoint, the home page has been changed, with a new logo, new poet images, some changes in the side menu, and same additional descriptive text. There are also links to our annual National Poetry Month essays.

This update includes the addition of Robert Frost and e e cummings - two very popular poets. I am looking through the new items that have come out of copyright and there will be some additions before long.

All for now, and yes, I had to manually edit every file. -- Steve

June 15th, 2020 - Updates and Additions

All indexes are now httpS compliant. Author indexes A through F and S through Z have been fully updated, as have all files that link to those indexes.

June 7th, 2020 - Updates and Additions

Updates were made to multiple entries in Poets' Corner. The Author Index for S and T has been fully updated, including all linked files except Volume 2 of Georgian Poetry.

Volume 1 of Georgian Poetry has been updated, along with 1913 Anthology of Magazine Verse and Best Poems of 1923. Please note that these were originally painstakingly scripted by Bob Blair.

Additional authors updated include:
George Walter Thornbury
Chidiock Tichborne
Henry Timrod
Charles Tindley
Jean Toomer
Augustus Montague Toplady
Mary Ashley Townsend
Thomas Traherne
Herbert Trench
John Townsend Trowbridge
Richard Chenevix Trench
John Trumbull
Frederick Goddard Tuckerman
Charles (Tennyson) Turner
Thomas Tusser
Royall Tyler
Katherine Tynan [Hinkson]
Ada Tyrrell

Nahum Tate
Bayard Taylor
Bert Leston Taylor
E. Wyndham Tennant
Alfred Lord Tennyson
William Makepeace Thackeray
Ernest Thayer
Rowland Thirlmere
Edith Matilda Thomas
Edward Thomas
Stanley Thomas
Flora Thompson
Francis Thompson
James Thomson
James Thomson ("B.V.")
Henry David Thoreau

Francis S. Saltus
Carl Sandburg   (4 books)
George Santayana
Epes Sargent
Seigfried Sassoon
John Godfrey Saxe
Robert Haven Schauffler
Clinton Scollard
Frederick George Scott
John Scott of Amwell
Sir Walter Scott (Lay of the Last Minstrel)
Sir Owen Seaman
Sir Charles Sedley
William Shakespeare
Percy Bysshe Shelley
Sir Edward Sherburne
Frank Dempster Sherman
James Shirley
Dora Sigerson Shorter
William Somerville
Richard Southey
Robert Southwell
Harriet Prescott Spofford
Edmund Clarence Stedman
J.K. Stephen
James Stephens
Robert Louis Stevenson
Robert W. Service  (3 books)

May 30th, 2020 - Updates and Additions

Updates were made to multiple entries in Poets' Corner, all under "S" https://theotherpages.org/poems/poem-st.html

John Shaw
William Shenstone
Christopher Smart
Menella Bute Smedley
Charlotte Smith
Cicely Fox Smith
Langdon Smith
W. Snow
Charles Hamilton Sorley

These were mostly format upgrades, with three exceptions:

Some of Sorley's works had become disconnected. They were re-written locally. Same for W. Snow.

Four poems were added by CIcely Fox Smith. Amusingly, she wrote some 600+ poems, many of them sea shanties. I think Mrs. Bucket would be amused. Generally she is listed as C. Fox Smith. I suspect she downplayed her gender because of the stereotypes of the age - particularly considering her subject matter. Reminded me of The Ghost and Mrs. Muir - the original version: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Ghost_and_Mrs._Muir


May 29th, 2020 - Updates

Some additional updates were made, continuing with "S" - https://theotherpages.org/poems/poem-st.html

Lydia H. Sigourney
Edward Rowland Sill
William Gilmore Simms
George R. Sims
Dame Edith Sitwell
Sacheverell Sitwell
John Skelton

All for now, --Steve

May 27th, 2020 - Sir Philip Sidney

A correction was madew to Sonnet 3 of Astrophil and Stella, and all six files of Sidney's works were brought up to a much newer standard. These were very old files, Thanks yet again to Nelson (Howard) Miller for the original text entry, and to Alex Wend from Prague for finding the misplaced word.

For those of you who did not follow our 2020 National Poetry Month series, Here is a Link to the summary on Tumblr, which is probably the easiest to navigate because of its thumbnail index.

All for now, --Steve

February 23rd, 2020 - Maintenance Update

Four comments:

1. We are in preparations for National Poetry Month in the U.S.; Articles will be posted to Facebook and Tumblr and linked here.

2. I have downloaded, for the first time in many years, a full mirror of The Other Pages, including the poetry collection. As appoint of trivia: 17,312 files.

3. As part of the update process, I have discovered that the links to Bob Blair's content are no longer valid. Bob is checking on the whereabouts of the Daily Poetry Break archive and numerous WWI era anthologies.

4. Wordpress blogs are also off-line. I have backed up the content in preparation for upgrading the SQL server to the current revision.

All for now, --Steve

January 24th, 2020 - Maintenance Update

Most new additions now go to the Facebook and Tumblr portals. However, I am in the process of some major behind-the scenes updates to the site. The main one is the conversion from http:// to https:// to make the site compliant with the new rules that Google has put in place. A SSL certificate has been installed with automatic renewals. The big part of the job (transparent, I hope, to users) is fixing any absolute addresses in the code.

As an FYI, this site receives about 120,000 visitors a year, serving a quarter million pages. If you consider how many pages are probably cached by google, bing, etc., the true number is probably 2x or 3x that.

All for now, --Steve

February 6th - Additions

A variety of poems have been added to the collection, putting us over the 800 mark for poets included in the index.
  1. Twenty-one poems by Nicholas Grimald have been added to the collection, with annotation, as part of Tottel's Miscellany.
  2. The Plougher by Padraic Colum
  3. An Old Woman of the Roads by Padraic Colum

January 18th - Additions

Nineteen poems by James Weldon Johnson have been added to the collection:
  1. The Word of an Engineer
  2. The White Witch
  3. I Hear the Stars Still Singing
  4. The Young Warrior
  5. Fifty Years
  6. To America
  7. O Southland!
  8. Father, Father Abraham
  9. Mother Night
  10. Sonnet
  11. Before a Painting
  12. The Dancing Girl
  13. Sunset in the Tropics
  14. Ghosts of the Old Year
  15. The Gift to Sing
  16. Morning, Noon and Night

January 16th - Additions

Nineteen poems by Violet Jacob have been added to the collection:
  1. Half-Way
  2. At a Brookside
  3. To Aurelia, with a Pearl Necklace
  4. The Lowland Ploughman
  5. The Wild Geese (in Scots)
  6. Craigo Woods (in Scots)
  7. The Jacobite Lass (in Scots)
  8. Unity
  9. "The Happy Warrior"
  10. Armed
  11. Frostbound
  12. Presage
  13. Fringford Brook
  14. Back to the Land
  15. The Kirk Beside the Sands (in Scots)
  16. Bonnie Joann (in Scots)
  17. Hallowe'en (in Scots)
  18. Inverquharity (in Scots)
  19. The Shadows

January 6th - Additions

  1. Candles That Burn by Aline Kilmer - a book of 49 poems

January 2nd - Additions

  1. Vigils by Aline Kilmer - a book of 30 poems

Sunday, December 13th, 2009 - Additions

  1. Summons by Louis Untermeyer
  2. Prayer by Louis Untermeyer

Sunday, November 29th, 2009 - Additions

  1. Sadness by Confucius
  2. Trysting Time by Confucius
  3. The Soldier by Confucius
  4. Tears by Wang Seng-Ju
  5. Seaside Romance by Don Marquis
  6. April Song by Don Marquis

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009 - Additions

  1. Colors of Life by Max Eastman, a book of 53 poems with an extended essay on American Poetry

Sunday, November 15th, 2009 - Additions

  1. Prelude by Richard Aldington
  2. Images by Richard Aldington
  3. At the British Museum by Richard Aldington
  4. Lochanilaun br Francis Brett Young

John Gould Fletcher

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009 - Additions

  1. Lincoln by John Gould Fletcher
  2. The Skaters by John Gould Fletcher
  3. The Chip on the Shoulder by Arthur Guiterman
  4. Pershing at the Front by Arthur Guiterman
  5. Strictly Germ-proof by Arthur Guiterman
  6. The Passionate Suburbanite To His Love by Arthur Guiterman
  7. On the Vanity of Earthly Greatness by Arthur Guiterman
  8. Heritage by Arthur Guiterman
  9. Sunday Evening in the Common by John Hall Wheelock

George Sterling

Sunday, November 8th, 2009 - Additions

  1. So let them pass, these songs of mine by Don Marquis
  2. This is Another Day by Don Marquis
  3. This Earth, It is Also a Star by Don Marquis
  4. A Mood of Pavlova by Don Marquis
  5. The Pool by Don Marquis
  6. Nicholas of Montenegro by Don Marquis
  7. Haunted by Don Marquis
  8. A Nightmare by Don Marquis
  9. The Sailor's Wife Speaks by Don Marquis
  10. October by Don Marquis
  11. Selves by Don Marquis
  12. The Piltdown Skull by Don Marquis
  13. David to Bathsheba by Don Marquis
  14. Early Autumn by Don Marquis
  15. Visitors by Don Marquis
  16. An Open Fire by Don Marquis
  17. realities by Don Marquis
  18. The Rebel by Don Marquis
  19. Frustration by Don Marquis
  20. Vorticism by Don Marquis
  21. The Islands of the Blest by George Sterling
  22. To Ambrose Bierce by George Sterling
  23. The Homing of Drake by George Sterling
  24. A Wine of Wizardry by George Sterling
  25. Aldebaran at Dusk by George Sterling
  26. The Huntress of Stars by George Sterling
  27. Kindred by George Sterling
  28. At the Grand Ca�on by George Sterling
  29. Night on the Mountain by George Sterling
  30. On a Western Beach by George Sterling
  31. A Legend of the Dove by George Sterling
  32. Christmas Under Arms by George Sterling
  33. The Aeroplane by George Sterling
  34. The Battlefield at Night by George Sterling
  35. The Gleaner by George Sterling
  36. The "Lusitania" by George Sterling
  37. The Black Vulture by George Sterling
  38. Youth and Time by George Sterling

Nora May French

Wednesday, November 4th, 2009 - Additions

  1. To One A-marrying by Nora May French
  2. Ave Atque Vale by Nora May French
  3. My Maid of Dreams by Nora May French
  4. Change by Nora May French
  5. Between Two Rains by Nora May French
  6. Along the Track by Nora May French
  7. San Francisco New Year's, 1907 by Nora May French
  8. Wistaria by Nora May French
  9. You by Nora May French
  10. Yesterday by Nora May French
  11. Dusk by Nora May French
  12. In Camp by Nora May French

Rupert Brooke

Satuday, October 24th, 2009 - The War Poets

The majority of the War Poets collection has now been converted to Bookshelf format and migrated to the main Poets' Corner storage location to mitigate issues resulting from the demise of Geocities. The most recenly updated collections can be found in the left hand column of the Books page, and include works by Brooke, Seeger, Owen and Others.

Two other projects are in the queue - the migration of the Georgian Poetry Collections, and the transcription of selected works from Tottel's Miscellaney.

By the way, the only fully up-to-date index is the Author Index at this point. Revisions to the Title, Subject, and First Line indicies after all of this file reloaction is a task for a better programmer than I (or one with more time).


Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009 - Additions

  1. Paul to Virginia by Alice Ruth Moore (Alice Dunbar)
  2. In Memoriam by Alice Ruth Moore (Alice Dunbar)
  3. At Bay St. Louis by Alice Ruth Moore (Alice Dunbar)
  4. New Year's Day by Alice Ruth Moore (Alice Dunbar)
  5. Amid the Roses by Alice Ruth Moore (Alice Dunbar)
  6. The Idler by Alice Ruth Moore (Alice Dunbar)
  7. If I Had Known by Alice Ruth Moore (Alice Dunbar)
  8. A Pliant by Alice Ruth Moore (Alice Dunbar)

Monday, August 31st, 2009 - Additions

  1. Content by Robert Greene
  2. The Nightingale by Richard Barnfield
  3. Follow Your Saint by Thomas Campion
  4. Integer Vitae by Thomas Campion
  5. Turn All Thy Thoughts to Eyes by Thomas Campion
  6. An Ode to Himself by Ben Jonson
  7. A Farewell to the World by Ben Jonson
  8. Epitaph on Elizabeth, L.H. by Ben Jonson
  9. On Salathiel Pavy by Ben Jonson
  10. To Lucy Countess of Bedford by Ben Jonson
  11. His Supposed Mistress by Ben Jonson

Sunday, August 30th, 2009 - Additions

This update includes a few more poems - in particular some from Sir Thomas Wyatt - since many of the last batch were from the late Tudor period, we'll continue with this timeframe. Wyatt traveled abroad extensively, including a stay in Italy. Wyatt is credited with adapting the Petrarchian Sonnet form to English, using Italian rhyming patterns as his model.

While he wrote a substantial body of work, Wyatt himself never published. His verses were hand copied and passed around among Sir Thomas Wyatt friends and courtiers in his time. His poems were later issued along with the works of some of his contemporaries as part of Tottel's Miscellany, the first published compendium of English verse. I have recently gone through and updated most of the Wyatt poems now in the collection to match specific versions from known manuscripts with modenized spelling for ease of reading. Manuscript sources are noted for most of the poems.

Wyatt lived in very turbulent times. Two major influences in his life were his uneasy relationship with King Henry VIII, a very dangerous man, and his long friendship and love, perhaps unrequited, for Anne Boleyn - who is probably the subject of many of his poems. Wyatt was stripped of his wealth and property by the King, who also had him thrown in the Tower of London and very nearly beheaded (Anne and many of their contemporaries were not so lucky) and sent away on many missions overseas, possibly to keep him away from court.

Boleyn's affair with the King, followed by her marriage, were painful for Wyatt, as shown in his writings, which express affection, sadness, betrayal, and bitterness. Much of his verse is on the changeable nature of love, though many pieces are very specific. Patience, Though I Have Not is from one of his imprisonments by the King, and the famous Whoso List to Hunt is his sad realization that Anne now belongs to the King, and he must stay away. Finally, Ye Olde Mule is a very bitter piece. Perhaps Wyatt would have had less vitriol if he knew how little time Anne had before she was beheaded as yet another victim of Henry's anger, jealousy and desire for succession.

  1. Ye Olde Mule
  2. Patience, Though I Have Not
  3. Is It Possible
  4. What Should I Say

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009 - Additions

I recently ran across a cache of poems from 2003 that I failed to add to the collection. Not sure what the best poetic form of 'oops' is. I find that when you put things in a special place so that they won't get lost - they always get lost. Here are a few:

  1. Sonnet by King James, I - Thanks to Nelson Miller
  2. Elegy to the Memory of an Unfortunate Lady by Alexander Pope - Thanks to Bob Blair
  3. Green Groweth the Holly by King Henry, VIII - Thanks to Nelson Miller
  4. Pastime With Good Company by King Henry, VIII - Thanks to Nelson Miller
  5. Though that men do call it dotage by King Henry, VIII - Thanks to Nelson Miller
  6. Without Discord by King Henry, VIII - Thanks to Nelson Miller
  7. Louisa M. Alcott: In Memoriam by Louise Chandler Moulton
  8. To Papa by Louisa May Alcott
  9. A Little Grey Curl by Louisa May Alcott
  10. A. B. A. by Louisa May Alcott
  11. Importune Me No More by Queen Elizabeth I - thanks to Nelson Miller
  12. The Doubt of Future Foes by Queen Elizabeth I - thanks to Nelson Miller
  13. On Monsieur's Departure, 1582 by Queen Elizabeth I - thanks to Nelson Miller

Dante Gabriel Rossetti - Self portrait

Sunday, August 23rd, 2009 - Yet More Subjects Updated

I'm finding it difficult to keep maintaining update news in multiple places, so the default looks like its going to be the Facebook page much of the time. The content there is fully accessible to people who are not registered on Facebook. It's just easier to navigate if you do sign up (its free, by the way).

In the meantime, the list of completed subjects is progressing well. Eleven down, forty-three to go. Here is the latest update:

Sunday, August 9th, 2009 - More Subjects Updated

Sorry, I've been posting news to Facebook and forgetting to keep this log up to date. Work has continued on the Subject Index. The following topics are now updated to the new standard and significantly expanded:

I've also expaned the commentary for each section, and added a few illustrations, including portraits of some of the poets, some artworks of interest, and a few photos borrowed from the Beautiful Images collections at The Other Pages. Enjoy.


Sunday, April 4th - April is National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month in the U.S. and Canada (although Great Britain celebrates it in October) so we will continue to emphasize what is going on in the poetry collection. March 21st is actually the UNESCO World Poetry Day.

The month starts out with significant additions to our collection of poems by Paul Laurence Dunbar. Dunbar is one of those poets whose conciseness and clarity of style often makes poetry seem effortless. As is always the case, it takes great effort to be both succinct and memorable. In his short life (he died from Tuberculosis at age 33) he generated a fairly large body of work covering a wide range of topics.

Dunbar wrote both short and long works whose language is quite readable today. You�ll find him far easier to read and appreciate than many poets of his time. Dunbar wrote books and essays as well as poems, including novels with depth and arguments on political, economic, and racial issues. Dunbar could write biting satire � like Theology for instance,

     THERE is a heaven, for ever, day by day,
     The upward longing of my soul doth tell me so.
     There is a hell, I'm quite as sure; for pray
     If there were not, where would my neighbours go?

And he could also write poems that would easily be mistaken for other noted American or European authors � a good example is Sunset, which ends with:

     While in the south the first faint star
     Lifts to the night its silver face,
     And twinkles to the moon afar
     Across the heaven's graying space,
           Low murmurs reach me from the town,
           As Day puts on her sombre crown,
           And shakes her mantle darkly down.

He could also write a very smooth song lyric, and many of his songs, both in and out of dialect, are still effective today even without the musical setting. Here is the first stanza from Discovered:

     SEEN you down at chu'ch las' night,
          Nevah min', Miss Lucy.
     What I mean? oh, dat's all right,
          Nevah min', Miss Lucy.
     You was sma't ez sma't could be,
          But you could n't hide from me.
     Ain't I got two eyes to see?
          Nevah min', Miss Lucy.

Writing in dialect, by the way, is not easy to do � particularly in English, where our options for annotation are limited. In his many works written in dialect, Dunbar captures regional accents, personalities, and emotions as well as anyone.

About 40 new works by Dunbar have been added, mostly in bookshelf editions of Lyrics of Lowly Life (https://theotherpages.org/poems/books/dunbar/dunbar06.html) and Lyrics of the Hearthside (https://theotherpages.org/poems/books/dunbar/dunbar05.html). Dunbar�s works were initially self published, then after some success, published in several �overlapping� volumes. This makes updating the author index a little messy. The dates cited may not always be the earliest publishing dates, but they are the editions from which the Poets� Corner text was taken.


Changing the Subject (not yet...)

After re-formatting the main author index files, I�ve moved on to the Subject Index, created years ago by Jon Lachelt. Unfortunately, while there are 13 author index files, there are 54 subject indexes. I�ve completed two initial examples, on Life and People. Let me know if you like the changes. Recommendations on additional selections are appreciated.


Running the Tables

In case any of you are NOT watching the NCAA and NIT basketball tournaments or out enjoying the start of spring in the northern hemisphere, you may have noticed that stage one of the collection's major overhaul is complete - all of the main author index files have been converted to a single, consistent format. I hope everyone likes green.

There are several parallel efforts, including link-backs from Wikipedia and some added Faces of the Poets added to the indexes. I have also added new works from Joseph Addison, Lascelles Abercrombie and William Blake. Blake's index entry has also been re-done. Several new poets (new to the collection, at least) were also added. These include Scottish doctor John Armstrong, and Scottish songwriter John Skinner and English War poet Edmund Blunden. This is a good mix of styles and longer and shorter works.

The added songs by Blake cover a wide range in tones, and Fair Eleanor is a suprisingly graphic horror story. Armstrong's Epistle to a Young Critic is a bit thick with its references to recognized classics as well as to his contemporaries, but has some good quotable lines, and some searing criticisms. Skinner's Reel of Tullochgorum was a favorite of his friend Robert Burns (they corresponded in verse) and is played by musicians to the present day.

Blunden is a little reminiscent of Muriel Stuart in his themes, particularly in his poem Forefathers
These were men of pith and thew,
   Whom the city never called;
Scarce could read or hold a quill,
   Built the barn, the forge, the mill.

On the green they watched their sons
   Playing till too dark to see,
As their fathers watched them once,
   As my father once watched me;

Unrecorded, unrenowned,
   Men from whom my ways begin,
Here I know you by your ground
   But I know you not within--
All is mist, and there survives
   Not a moment of your lives.

Like the bee that now is blown
   Honey-heavy on my hand,
From the toppling tansy-throne
   In the green tempestuous land,--
I'm in clover now, nor know
   Who made honey long ago.

and Reunion in Wartime, which ends with:

The church clock with his dead voice whirred
   As if he bade me stay
To trace with madman's fingers all
  The letters on the stones
Where thick beneath the twitch roots crawl
  In dead men's envied bones.


Wednesday, March 4th, 2008 - Higher than the Dow right Now

In case you haven't noticed, the 'poem tally' has been creeping upwards toward 7,000. New poems have been added by Sarah Orne Jewett, Henry Van Dyke, Jean Ingelow, and Robert Ernest Vern�de, among others. There are also some major experiments with the main Author indicies. Take a look at I-J, U-V, and Y-Z for a taste of what's in store. I'm also adding in some new portraits and making a note of pointers from Wikipedia to specific poets.

For a sample from the new additions, try one of Van Dyke's Inscriptions, or Ingelow's Loss and Waste.

Friday, February 27th, 2009 - Rats and The Wall

While browsing through the 1920 edition of the "Granite Monthly", I ran across some poems by Albert Annett, a historian and sometimes poet. One of them, Anarchism (https://theotherpages.org/poems/part2/annett01.html) struck me as dramatic, pointed, and undeniably relevant, nearly 90 years later.

In particular, the last four lines seemed to sum up the current worldwide financial crisis and all of its collateral damage more succinctly than anything I've seen in today's mass media or among all the ranting talking heads of our day:

     Where happiness had dwelt, were devastation, woe and death,
     And these few words were written of the fall:
     While watchman slept
     Rats undermined the wall.

Annett's metaphor is a simple and powerful, and could apply to several different worries of our day or of his. Annett wrote in a post-war era where physical acts of anarchism (terrorism in today's lexicon) were widely reported in the papers, and where the rich and powerful of Europe and America looked on the recent Russian Revolution with fear and apprehension. I haven't read enough by Annett to know his 'politics' well enough to infer which 'flood' Annett intended as the primary target for his metaphor. There were waves of immigration, of socialist and communist politics, loosening of moral stigmas as the U.S. moved from the war era into the 'Roaring 20's", and of course the same kinds of corruption and profiteering that come to light in every era.

Who knows? Annett may have simply been a baeball fan upset about the 'Black Sox' scandal.

Regardless of Annett's target, the poem is still highly charged and highly effective in our day. Feel free to forward this to the local bank regulator, sports commissioner, or government watchdog agency of your choice.....


Sunday, February 22nd, 2009 - Harold Vinal

I didn't know much about Harold Vinal, though looking through our collection and looking through the Web it seems as if he did quite a bit. He was a publisher, editing and publishing many books of poetry, and edited Voices: A Magazine of Verse for over 40 years. I was surprised to find how many authors I know (and books I own) were published by Harold Vinal.

As a publisher (and a poet), Vinal was somewhat of a traditionalist. Most of the mentions you see of him online comment on an incident with e.e. cummings. After receiving a rejection from Vinal, cummings retaliated by including a poem in his book No.5, titled "Poem, or Beauty hurts Mr. Vinal", suggesting Vinal's judgement was fit only for editing the advertising jingles that were becoming omnipresent on the radio at the time.

Vinal does not seem to have embraced many 'Modern' trends in poetry that were becoming common in the time period. His own poems tended towards conventional subjects and simple forms and rhyme schemes. I've found Vinal's poems appearing in regional journals around 1920 and noted that he published his first book of poetry, White April, (https://theotherpages.org/poems/books/vinal/vinal01.html) in 1922.

In short, Vinal was no cummings. However, like many poetry magazine editors of his period, Vindal did help give voice to many aspiring writers - including Langston Hughes, who Vinal also tapped to edit an anthology of African-American verse. He served as secretary and later president of the Poetry Society of America, and was anthologized inseveral collections.

Vinal's poems are readable enough, but generally not outstanding. I added them to Poet's Corner mainly to recognize how difficult it is sometimes for an editor to be himself good at creating the art form he helps shape. Hopefully that's not too esoteric a point. This adds 43 works that are new to the collection. Among them are quite a few sonnets and shorter works, including Persephone, for which I chose Rossetti's exquisite painting for the book cover. It is Rossetti, a poet as well as a painter, whose self-portrait appears at the top of this page.


Thursday, February 19th, 2009 - The Words to Vivaldi's Seasonal Music

One of the comments my friend and co-editor Bob Blair often used to make in his editorials years ago was that certain poets who were widely published and read, and veritable celebities in their day, often faded into obscurity. Being stylish, someone also once said, simply means that you are more likely to go out of style. This has been true among authors and artists, musicians and playwrights, political (and economic) theorists, and, of course, poets. I was listening to Alex Trebek quizzing his daily panel of Jeopardy contestants the other day, when he gave a clue about a baroque composer whose 'seasonal' music was published with a set of accompanying poems written by the composer. Vivaldi was an easy guess (The Four Seasons - Le Quattro Stagioni) for the musician, but I didn't know about the poems - so of course I had to look them up.

A Venetian, Antonio Vivaldi was a priest, composer, and a virtuoso on violin. He seems to have been an exceptionally prolific composer, with 46 operas, over 500 concertos, 73 sonatas and a variety of sacred music. In the early part of the 18th century his works were very well known, and much anticipated. The Four Seasons, written around 1723 and published as the first four violin sonatas from "The Contest Between Harmony and Invention" (1925). His career included performances before the Pope and for the royalty of continental Europe, who also commissioned him to compose a variety of special compositions.

With all of those operas under his belt, Vivaldi must have written more lyrics than you can shake a stick at (feel free to insert your own favorite equivalent euphemism here), but I can only find reference to one set of poems - the sonatas that describe, movement by movement, what scenes his violins are immitating in The Four Seasons. The suprising thing to me, is that, for as well known as Vivaldi has been for the last half century, and as well known and influential as he was in his own day, he was largely unknown for much of the intervening two centuries.

Sorry, the English tramnslations are literal, and a little stilted. I'll ask Nick to work on them if he gets tired of Chinese and wants to go back to Italian for a while.


Monday, February 16th, 2009 - Updated Conversations

One of the long term goals I have, in addition to adding new works, is going back and updating many of the older files in the collection. Some of these go back to the 1994-1995 timeframe. Others are from the years on Geocities, and still others are in complex formats that seemed to make sense at the time, but are hard to maintain. A couple of recent updates are books of poems by Clough and Yeats that have been converted to Bookshelf II format. Both have conversational patterns - spoken in the case of some of Yeats pieces, namely Michael Robartes and the Dancer and An Image from a past Life. Clough's Amours de Voyage is a set of conversations in the form of written letters. Both poets are quite readable, though Amours is a significantly longer work. The format though, of Claude's letters, chops things up into interesting, voyeuristic chunks that move along fairly easily. The best known work among these two books is Yeats' apocalyptic The Second Coming, which has been highly anthologized, though A Prayer for My Daughter is also poignant. I was pleased to run across Sargeant's charcoal of a youthful Yeats. It makes a good cover image.

Wednesday, February 11th, 2009 - Poems of The Bront� Sisters

Anne, Emily, and Charlotte Bront� wrote novels and poetry in the middle of the 19th century. While their novels Agnes Grey, Wuthering Heights, and Jane Eyre are well known, and met with significant publishing success, their poetry is less well known, as are the tragic deaths due to illness of Anne, Emily and their brother Branwell in less than a year's time. The initial volume of poetry was self-published in 1846 under pseudonyms with little success. After the deaths of her siblings in 1848-1849, Charlotte had the book re-published in 1850, with additional poems by Anne and Emily. Despite the fact that their books had made the sisters well known, the pseudonyms were retained. Poems, by Currer, Ellis, and Acton Bell has been added in its entirety, including Charlotte's comments about her sisters and their works. Ann was the most successful in her brief career as a published poet, though I have a preference for some of Emily's works. Choose for yourself.

This edition is based on gally from PG, re-structured into Poets' Corner's Bookshelf II format. The actual poets' names are used in place of the pseudonyms to minimize confusion for modern readers. Italicization should be correct - it is missing from the Wikipedia edition. This version also facilitates browsing, I think, moreso than the other avaialble formats. Nearly 80 of these poems are new to the PC collection.


Thursday, December 4th, 2008 - Stuart, Centaurs, and Heliodore

I�ve just updated the index entry for Muriel Stuart, and added her book Cockpit of Idols. Fourteen of the poems are new to the collection. Stuart writes in a variety of forms, on subjects starting with the Great War, then moving on to "sexual politics", and religious and other themes before ending up with a sort of ubi sunt poem for Heliodore. The title poem has several parallels to Christ at Carnival, though the roles are reversed and the main character battles through fatalistic arrogance rather than reveling wanderlust. (The Centaur is a bit more rollicking than our usual content, by the way) This is a heavily edited text based on a very buggy source file from UCLA. Thanks to Ariadne for finding it.


Friday, November 28th, 2008 - Senlin, Bread and Roses

I�ve just completed updating all of the files in the Conrad Aiken collection. These include Senlin, Discordants, Light and Snow, Turns and Movies, and Chiarascuro: Rose, among others. Aiken wrote in a variety of forms, and wrote beautifully crafted rhymed as well as blank verse.


Wednesday, November 19th, 2008 - The Princess Returns

Alfred Tennyson's The Princess has been re-done in Bookshelf II format, and most of the illustrations from the 1884 edition have been added in. The illustrations are clickable, to view larger format versions. Tennyson sub-titled this 'A Medley' - the story is told spontaneously in seven parts by seven different speakers, mostly college friends returned home and picnicking together on a weekend. Most of the poem is in blank verse, with well known songs at the ends of several of the sections.


Sunday, November 16th, 2008 - More Morley

The online version of Christopher Morley's CHIMNEYSMOKE has been expanded with nine additional poems, updated, and converted to the new Bookshelf II format. I have also added back in some of the illustrations by Thomas Fogarty that somehow were lost. Click on any illustration to see a larger image.


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