The Four Seasons: Poems

The Four Seasons Poems For the poet even the most minute details of the natural world are starting points for flights of the imagination and the pages of this collection celebrating the four seasons are brimming with an e

  • Title: The Four Seasons: Poems
  • Author: J.D. McClatchy
  • ISBN: 9780307268341
  • Page: 358
  • Format: Hardcover
  • For the poet, even the most minute details of the natural world are starting points for flights of the imagination, and the pages of this collection celebrating the four seasons are brimming with an extraordinary range of observation and imagery Here are poets past and present, from Chaucer, Shakespeare, and Wordsworth to Whitman, Dickinson, and Thoreau, from Keats, BlakFor the poet, even the most minute details of the natural world are starting points for flights of the imagination, and the pages of this collection celebrating the four seasons are brimming with an extraordinary range of observation and imagery Here are poets past and present, from Chaucer, Shakespeare, and Wordsworth to Whitman, Dickinson, and Thoreau, from Keats, Blake, and Hopkins to Elizabeth Bishop, Ted Hughes, Amy Clampitt, Mary Oliver, and W S Merwin Here are poems that speak of the seasons as measures of earthly time or as states of mind or as the physical expressions of the ineffable From Robert Frost s tribute to the evanescence of spring in Nothing Gold Can Stay to Langston Hughes s moody Summer Night in Harlem, from the stopped woods in Marie Ponsot s End of October to the chilling mind of winter in Wallace Stevens s The Snow Man, the poems in this volume engage vividly with the seasons and, through them, with the ways in which we understand and engage the world outside ourselves.

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    1. I loved dipping into this, poems for every season, Spring Summer Autumn and Winter. One of my favourite poems is in here too : Nothing Gold Can​ Stay Nature's first green is gold, Her hardest hue to hold. Her early leaf s a flower, But only so an hour. Then leaf subsidies to leaf. So Eden sank to grief. So dawn goes down to day. Nothing gold can stay. Robert Frost.

    2. I actually started reading this last summer, and have been reading the poems seasonally - as is befitting with the theme of the collection. I'm still unused to reading poetry - and knew few names of whom I enjoy their poetry style which is why collections like this is so useful. From reading this collection it seems the one I clicked with the most was Robert Frost (poems such as "Nothing gold can stay", and "Afterflakes").

    3. An uneven anthology of poems related to the seasons of the year. There are some of the expected famous poems, like Keats’s ‘To Autumn’, and there are a lot of much less well-known ones, many of which are not particularly good or memorable. Virtually all the verse has a serious tone - there is very little light relief. A bit of a disappointment.

    4. No matter the season, this book of seasonal poems should be left out for moments when you need to be transformed. A favorite, one of many: (excerpt) Crows in Winter - Here's a meeting of morticians in our trees. They agree in klaxon voices: things are looking very good Cras, they say, repeating a rumor among the whitened branchesAnthony Hecht

    5. This is another very good Everyman's Library Pocket Poets Volume. The book is divided into four sections, one for each season. The sections on Spring and Summer had my favorite poems even though I'm a big fan of Fall and Winter. Mary Oliver's "Summer Poem," Langston Hughes' "Summer Night," and Robert Frost's "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening" are all beautiful and evocative. They were among my very favorites in this small volume. There were a number of poems I really disliked. Jean Garrigue' [...]

    6. Even for non-poetry readers, this volume is quite enjoyable. It's the perfect thing to pull out during a snow storm, or a spring rain shower, or a hot summer afternoon, or a brisk autumnal morning. It helped me feel transported to the nucleus of what we associate with each season. It made me feel in touch with the present.

    7. Good selection, though the Fall section seems a little one-sided as far as emotional evocation. Also, based on some poem choices you can see the editor's literary friends are. This is not necessarily a bad thing, because the selection didn't lose anything by his choosing certain authors over others. Altogether an interesting collection.

    8. It's hard to rate a book like this. Some poems are awesome. Some don't feel appealing at all. I am still a newb reader, so I don't want to ruin a books reputation simply because some of the poems may be too advanced for me.

    9. Loved this collection of poems that celebrate the seasons of the year! Authored by poets such as Shakespeare, Auden, Frost, Dickinson and Donald Hall (to name a few)This is a wonderful collection and fits into your back pack, carry all with no troubles. the Everyman's Library Pocket Poets

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