Category: 18th century poetry

  • All-World Wrestling Poetry—a collection of 52 wrestling poems

    _____         _____     The poems in this collection are on wrestling—the collegiate and amateur styles—but also how we wrestle with life, where we find wrestling in our lives, plus our gods, prophets and heroes past, those who have wrestled the classic bouts. It is modern and boundary-busting, and at the […]

  • Ten Thousand Thanks

    _____         Thank you ten thousand times. Just a few hours ago, the most popular post yet here at Clattery MacHinery on Poetry, Alley War Poetry, received its 10,000th hit. That’s a lot of readers for a poetry blog post. I’ve had ten thousand thoughts come and go, about how good or […]

  • The Long Abandon’d Hill, for Frank Wilson as he retires

    ~~~~~       It is not quite right to say that Frank Wilson, books editor at The Philadelphia Inquirer, is retiring today. It is better to say that The Inquirer is retiring. In parts of the world where there is tyrannical rule, our journalists and poets are politically silenced as threats, because they start […]

  • Lite Verse with No Cholesterol or Trans Fat, by 33 Already Dead Poets, 6 Unknown Anyway

    ~~~~~       The following poems are selected from the 1920 collection The Book of Humorous Verse, edited by Carolyn Wells (1862-1942).    Each poet is represented only once, and in alphabetical order. However, links are provided so that you can investigate each one.   ~~~~~       by L. J. Bridgman (1857-1931) […]

  • Wrestling With Poetry in November

      by Homer (ca. 8th century BCE)   translated by Alexander Pope (1688-1744)   The Iliad   Book 23: Funeral Games in Honour of Patroclus [wherein Achilles bestows on Nestor the unawarded fifth prize, the two-handled urn]               Achilles this to reverend Nestor bears.           […]

  • The All Time Top Ten Greatest Poems of Scotland

            In their article called Jeelie Piece Song is among our best poems, The Sunday Times of Scotland reports that “listeners of BBC Radio Scotland” have chosen Scotland’s favorite all time top 20 poems. These are included in the new book, edited by Stewart Conn, titled 100 Favourite Scottish Poems: The Nation’s […]

  • Daniel Webster: Great American Orator on Poetry

        Daniel Webster was born in Salisbury or Franklin, New Hampshire in 1782, and died in Marshfield Massachusetts in 1852. He was a constitutional attorney, a US Senator, and a great orator. He opposed war, and sought compromise. Some say it is because of his compromising that he did not attain the presidency. It […]