It’s been a long time since I’ve posted a Sunday Sonnet … I apologize. Today’s poem is by Hartley Coleridge, the son of the much more famous poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge.
I admit that I found this poem simply by opening The Penguin Book of the Sonnet & there was the poem. Somewhat like bibliomancy. I had never read this poem before; indeed, I had never heard of Hartley Coleridge, although I am a great fan of Samuel Taylor Coleridge.
Here is the poem:
Coleridge, Hartley. “To A Friend”. The Penguin Book of the Sonnet: 500 Years of a Classic Tradition in English. Edited by Phillis Levin. NY: Penguin Books, 2001. poem found on page 114.
Today’s poem is from the second edition of the Feminist classic, No More Masks! : An Anthology of Twentieth-Century American Women Poets, edited by Florence Howe. This is a updated version of the 1973 edition of No More Masks! but with many more poets featured; however, some of the fine feminist poets found in the 1973 declined to be included in the second edition.
I chose a poem that wasn’t in the first edition. This is by Alice Ruth Moore Dunbar-Nelson, who lived from 1875 to 1935 & who was married to the poet Paul Dunbar-Nelson. They were both prominent in the Harlem Renaissance.
Dunbar-Nelson, Alice Ruth Moore. “To Marie Curie”. No More Masks! : An Anthology of Twentieth-Century American Women Poets. Edited & with an Introduction by Florence Howe. NY: HarperPerennial, 1993. Poem is found on page 16.
Still getting settled in my new home but I’m able to start back with some of my regular posts again. Here’s a poem by John Keats from The Penguin Book of the Sonnet.
Keats, John. “On First Looking into Chapman’s Homer”. The Penguin Book of the Sonnet: 500 Years of a Classic Tradition in English. Edited by Phyllis Levin. NY: Penguin Books, 2001. Poem found on page 109.
I’m pulling today’s poem from an entirely different book & from an unheard voice, as far as Sunday Sonnet is concerned.
Back when I was an English Major at the State University of New York at Buffalo (UB), I took a wonderful survey class about English Romanticism. Naturally, we studied John Keats.
This is the book we used:
I had a really nice time reading through this today! You can get lost in a book like this.
Here’s today’s sonnet:
Keats, John. “Sonnet. On the Sea.” Keat’s Poetry and Prose. Selected and Edited by Jeffrey N. Cox. New York: W.W.Norton & Company, 2009. poem is found on page 79.
Today’s poem is by Paul Valéry, a French poet, essayist & philosopher. This was translated by the poet & translator Richard Wilbur. From The Making of a Sonnet: A Norton Anthology.
Valéry, Paul. “Helen”. translated by Richard Wilbur. The Making of a Sonnet: A Norton Anthology. Edited by Edward Hirsch & Eavan Boland. NY: W.W.Norton & Company, 2008.
Today’s poem is taken from The Penguin Book of Women’s Poets. Back in the 1980s, I worked at the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library & I used to borrow this book all the time – it was a major influence on my poetry at the time. A few years ago, I found it at a used book store & immediately scooped it up. It remains one of my favorite collection of poetry.
This sonnet is by Louise Labé. She is one of the greatest poets of the French Renaissance.
Labé, Louise. “XX”. The Penguin Book of Women Poets. Edited by Carol Cosman, Joan Keefe & Kathleen Weaver. NY: Penguin Books, 1979. poem found on page 110.
Today’s poem is from The Reality Street Book of Sonnets. When I Googled the poet, I was very sad to find out that John Gibbens had died of cancer in 2015. He wrote numerous books of poetry, as well as writing songs, and working on Fleet Street as a sub-editor.
I think this poem is brilliant.
References. Gibbens, John. “From Underscore”. The Reality Street Book of Sonnets. Edited by Jeff Hilson. Hastings: Reality Street Editions, 2008. poem found on page 249.
Today’s poem is by Mary Robinson, a prolific British poet of the eighteenth century. She was also an actress, a dramatist & an all-around celebrity. She published fourteen volumes during her lifetime; two books were published after her death at age 43 in 1800.
Robinson, Mary. “Sappho and Phaon 24”. The Art of the Sonnet. edited by Stephen Burt & David Mikics. Cambridge, MA: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2010. poem is found on page 100.
Today’s poem is by Lisa Jarnot. She’s another Buffaloian & studied with Robert Creeley at the State University at New York at Buffalo (the reason I went to UB, although I was immediately sidetracked by the great local music scene Buffalo had in the late 1970s). She received a MFA from Brown University, where she worked with the poet Robert Duncan. She currently lives in Queens, NY. In addition to writing poetry, she is an avid gardener. She is currently going to seminary to become a minister. Her poetry is filled with color and life. I never get tired of reading her words.
Jarnot, Lisa. “Stein Meat Work”. The Reality Street Book of Sonnets. Edited by Jeff Hilson. Hastings, Suffolk: Reality Street Editions, 2008. poem found on page 316.
Sunday Sonnet returns with a poem from Robert Frost. I think that as American poets go, Robert Frost is probably our finest craftsmen & you can’t go wrong studying his poetry.
“Acquainted With The Night” is from The Penguin Book of the Sonnet: 500 Years of a Classic Tradition in English, edited by Phyllis Levin. You can find the poem on page 171.
This poem is best read out loud.
Frost, Robert. “Acquainted With The Night”. The Penguin Book of Sonnets: 500 Years of a Classic Tradition in English, edited by Phyllis Levin. NY: Penguin Books, 2001.