Category: lyric poetry

  • Li Bai drinking alone (with the moon, his shadow, & 43 translators)

    The Tang poet Li Bai–a.k.a. Li Po, Li Bo and the Poet Immortal–left us over 1,000 poems. Besides these, he is also known by the way it is said he died. He supposedly drowned drunk, trying to embrace the moon’s reflection in the Yangtze River. Below are 41 English translations (from 43 translators (and counting)) […]

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  • Turning the pages of William Blake’s notebook online.

        Click on William Blake’s notebook above, and visit The British Library’s Sir John Ritblat Gallery. The site is called Turning the Pages™ and uses the Shockwave plug-in to fabulous effect. Once there, you will have the experience of turning the pages of Blake’s notebook, wherein you will find such things as sketches, and […]

  • from Poem a Day: "New Year Snow" by Frances Horovitz

    For Christmas, I received two super poetry books, not yet in my library. My sister gave me one with the poem below, “New Year Snow” by Frances Horovitz. It is the poem for January 1st in: Poem A Day, Volume 3: 366 poems, old and new–one for each day of the year. The book is […]

  • Christmastime at Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s

            Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (February 27, 1807 – March 24, 1882)         Aftermath     When the summer fields are mown, When the birds are fledged and flown,         And the dry leaves strew the path; With the falling of the snow, With the cawing of […]

  • Mary and The Maid, cleaning up the place

        by Patty Griffin     Mary     Mary You’re covered in roses You’re covered in ashes You’re covered in rain You’re covered in babies You’re covered in slashes You’re covered in wilderness You’re covered in stains You cast aside the sheets You cast aside the shroud Of another man who served the […]

  • Some Embers & Sonnets of Gilbert Parker

        Sir Horatio Gilbert George Parker (1862-1932)     Gilbert Parker of Ontario, Canada, is known primarily as a novelist and politician. He was also a poet. The below selection of his poetry is from his collections, Embers and A Lover’s Diary.     _____     Athenian     Your voice I knew, […]

  • Butterfly Wisdom, poet unknown

            Gutenberg.org has recently uploaded a book called Pages for Laughing Eyes by Unknown. In it are short yarns for children, some themed to the winter holidays, and quite a few poems, making it a good book to take out for bedtime stories. Two of the poems, “Butterfly Wisdom” and “When I […]