Review: The Lays of Marie de France

The Lays of Marie de France by Marie de France My rating: 5 of 5 stars The Lays of Marie de France are a series of twelve short lays (narrative poems) in Old French. I read this translation as a library ebook, but it turns out that it is also available under a Creative CommonsContinue reading “Review: The Lays of Marie de France”

Review: The Metamorphoses

The Metamorphoses by OvidMy rating: 4 of 5 stars In 15 books and more than 200 stories, with transformation as his unifying theme, Ovid chronicles the history of the world from its creation to the time of Julius Caesar. I have read some of these before, in Tales from Ovid: 24 Passages from the Metamorphoses by TedContinue reading “Review: The Metamorphoses”

Metamorphoses Books X-XII

Two great tales in these chapters: Orpheus & Eurydice and the less famous Ceyx & Alcyone.Book XOrpheus & Eurydice  Edward Poynter, Orpheus and Eurydice. 1862. This story starts with the Hymen, god of marriage, arriving at the wedding of Orpheus and Eurydice. Already there is a bad sign:Though Hymen came to help him at the feastAnd waved his torch, its firesContinue reading “Metamorphoses Books X-XII”

Metamorphoses Book VII-IX

Book VII Jason & Medea Jason & Medea – John William Waterhouse, 1907 Jason and his Argonauts meet King Aeëtes to claim the Golden Fleece, which Ovid says he had stolen. Aeëtes will not give it up unless Jason meets his terms, performing great tasks for him. The king’s daughter, Medea, falls in love with Jason. She decides to helpContinue reading “Metamorphoses Book VII-IX”

Review: Why Poetry

Why Poetry by Matthew ZapruderMy rating: 5 of 5 stars “I have a confession to make: I don’t really understand poetry.” For over twenty-five years, I have heard this said, over and over in slightly different ways, but friends, family, colleagues, strangers I met in bars and at dinner parties, on planes — so manyContinue reading “Review: Why Poetry”

Review: The Truro Bear and Other Adventures: Poems and Essays

The Truro Bear and Other Adventures: Poems and Essays by Mary OliverMy rating: 5 of 5 stars This is my favorite book by Mary Oliver. It is a collection of 55 poems (with two essays) all about animals: bears, snakes, spiders, porcupines, humpback whales, and others. I love having these all in one book! SomeContinue reading “Review: The Truro Bear and Other Adventures: Poems and Essays”

Review: Citizen: An American Lyric

Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia RankineMy rating: 4 of 5 stars Citizen: An American Lyric won National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry (2014) and was a finalist for the National Book Award for Poetry. The book combines prose, verse, and images, describing Rankine’s experience of racism in America. There are seven parts. PartContinue reading “Review: Citizen: An American Lyric”

Book Beginnings & The Friday 56: I Explain a Few Things

My book for Book Beginnings is I Explain A Few Things: Selected Poems by Pablo Neruda. It includes more than fifty poems spanning Neruda’s career, translated into English by various poets and printed alongside the Spanish. The introduction says: The title comes from a defining poem in Neruda’s book Third Residence, usually incorporated into theContinue reading “Book Beginnings & The Friday 56: I Explain a Few Things”

Deal Me In: The Eve of St Agnes by John Keats (1820)

p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px ‘Helvetica Neue’; color: #dca10d} Manuscript of the poem (British Library) This is the first poem I have read for the Deal Me In challenge. I have read some of the short stories and I will write about them later, but I think I will do individual posts for all theContinue reading “Deal Me In: The Eve of St Agnes by John Keats (1820)”


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