The Heath Introduction to Poetry- Third Edition

-D. C. Heath and Company-




Two boys uncoached are tossing a poem together,

Overhand, underhand, backhand, sleight of hand, everyhand,

Teasing with attitudes, latitudes, interludes, altitudes,

High, make him fly off the ground for it, low, make him stoop,

Make him scoop it up, make him as-almost-as possible miss it,

Fast, let him sting from it, now, now fool him slowly,

Anything, everything tricky, risky, nonchalant,

Anything under the sun to outwit the prosy,

Over the tree and the long sweet cadence down,

Over his head, make him scramble to pick up the meaning,

And now, like a posy, a pretty one plump in his hands.


In Memoriam A. H. H. OBIIT MDCCCXXXIII: 11


Calm and deep peace in this wide air,

        These leaves that redden to the fall;

        And in my heart, if calm at all,

If any calm, a calm despair:


Yes, this was my dad’s textbook in university, but it was quite fun to read 🙂 I started reading it for an English assignment; we were suppose to find a number of poems on the same theme, but in the end I was reading it just for the fun of it. I read the vast majority of the poems; sometimes I skipped over some of the longer ones, but not very often. The book starts with Geoffrey Chaucer (c.1343- 1400) and goes to Kenneth Sherman (1950- ). So the language gets easier to read as the book goes on. The book also gives brief histories on some of the poets. My dad thought I was crazy for spending three and a half hours straight reading poetry this weekend!


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