learning to write (and read) poetry by studying with the masters
Dreaming things up.
Freedom. Why I am not a painter / Frank O'Hara ; On painting the Sistine Chapel ceiling / Michelangelo (translated by Gail Mazur) ; Silence / Marianne Moore ; The old cloak / Anonymous ; Marriage / Gregory Corso ; Because I could not stop for death / Emily Dickinson ; Thoughts about the person from Porlock / Stevie Smith ; Fine work with pitch and copper / William Carlos Williams ; Variations on a theme by William Carlos Williams / Kenneth Koch ; How we heard the name / Alan Dugan ; The glories of our blood and state / James Shirley ; Adlestrop / Edward Thomas ; Upon Appleton House / Andrew Marvell ; A description of the morning / Jonathan Swift ; The disappointment / Aphra Behn ; God's grandeur / Gerard Manley Hopkins ; Upon nothing / John Wilmot
Listening. On love, on grief / Walter Savage Landor ; Betsabe's song / George Peele ; The pool / H.D. ; Eros Turannos / Edwin Arlington Robinson ; His excuse for loving / Ben Jonson ; My picture left in Scotland / Ben Jonson ; Upon M. Ben. Johnson / Robert Herrick ; For Margaret / Gerard Manley Hopkins ; Now winter nights enlarge / Thomas Campion ; Tamer and hawk / Thom Gunn ; from Songs to Joannes, I-III / Mina Loy ; To waken an old lady / William Carlos Williams ; An old man's winter night / Robert Frost ; To earthward / Robert Frost ; Nature, that washed her hands in milk / Walter Ralegh ; The house was quiet and the world was calm / Wallace Stevens ; Adam's curse / William Butler Yeats ; The soul selects her own society / Emily Dickinson
Form. The cruel mother / Anonymous ; The man of double deed / Anonymous ; My prime of youth is but a frost of cares / Chidiock Tichborne ; Artfully adorned Aphrodite / Sappho (translated by Jim Powell) ; To a poor old woman / William Carlos Williams ; In time of plague / Thomas Nashe ; Sea rose / H.D. ; A question answered / William Blake ; from Jubilate Agno / Christopher Smart ; You that seek what life is in death / Fulke Greville ; Elegy for Philip Sidney / Fulke Greville ; from Howl, II / Allen Ginsberg ; Question / May Swenson ; The Negro speaks of rivers / Langston Hughes ; The lullaby of a lover / George Gascoigne ; Church monuments / George Herbert ; During wind and rain / Thomas Hardy
Dreaming things up. The weed / Elizabeth Bishop ; Love unknown / George Herbert ; The burning babe / Robert Southwell ; The self-unseeing / Thomas Hardy ; Captain Carpenter / John Crowe Ransom ; The big mystical circus / Jorge de Lima (translated by Dudley Poore) ; The shooe tying and To God, on his sicknesse / Robert Herrick ; Madame La Fleurie / Wallace Stevens ; Epitaph on a hare / William Cowper ; Women / Louise Bogan ; Harlem happiness / Sterling Brown ; When I was fair and young / Elizabeth I ; Vigil strange I kept on the field one night / Walt Whitman ; Nick and the candlestick / Sylvia Plath ; The phoenix and the turtle / William Shakespeare ; David's lament for Saul and Jonathan / Bible, Samuel 2 ; Jabberwocky / Lewis Carroll ; The lake isle of Innisfree / William Butler Yeats ; The lake isle / Ezra Pound ; The river-merchant's wife : a letter / Ezra Pound ; Methought I saw my late espousèd saint / John Milton ; from A woman young and old, IV : her triumph / William Butler Yeats ; Ode to a nightingale / John Keats ; Poetry / Marianne Moore ; On first looking into Chapman's Homer / John Keats.
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