Welcome to the Poetry Corner—Read Poetry or publish your poem
In these pages, The Muse Of Literature invites you to revel in poems and poetry.
Here, you may:
Have you written an original poem that could be published here? Want to share it with the world?
The Muse Of Literature invites you to submit your original poem for publication here. It doesn't matter whether it's been published before or whether you've written it especially for publication here.
Nor does it matter what sort of poem you write. You don't have to be a professional writer. Your age doesn't matter. Your work doesn't have to be a masterpiece. You don't have to meet any prerequisites or have any special qualifications. Just be a visitor to Electricka's web site who has composed a poem alone or in collaboration with someone else.
You may even submit someone else's original poem so long as its not the work of an established amateur or professional poet, live or dead.
Join the ranks of the likes of Wordsworth, Byron, Coleridge, Keats, Shelley, Eliot, Frost, Plath, Dickenson, Stevens, Rothke, Duffy, Angelou, and hundreds of other published poets:
To further encourage you to write and submit your own original essay on this subject, The Muse has declared this feature a ByLine feature.
Here are some outstanding anthologies of poems you may want to consult. What makes an anthology outstanding? Factors such as the number of poets, the choice of poems selected for each poet, notes, comprehensiveness, and layout (line numbers, etc.).
The Best Loved Poems of the American People, edited by Hazel Felleman with an introduction by Edward Frank Allen. A classic. In print seemingly forever. Nothing but high quality poetry. Emphasizes poems written in the 19th century. No Shakespeare and no Blake, but many, many of the greatest, most popular, most important poems in the world.
World Poetry: An Anthology of Verse from Antiquity to Our Time, edited by Katherine Washburn, John S. Major, and Clifton Fadiman. An excellent collection of world poetry is not easy to find, but this one is just that. Fadiman, a world-class authority on literature, is a definite asset.
This book is not just a compilation; it's editing is a creative and innovative coup. For example, the ancient and the contemporary are seamlessly interwoven. When you turn to the Dante section, instead of finding excerpts from well-known versions of the Commedia, there are selections by poets such as Shelley, Howard Nemerov, Susan Mitchell, and James Schuyler. Another example: the editors scoured the archives for versions of poems that would stand as poems on their own. When nothing met their standards, they commissioned new translations.
Norton Anthology of Poetry, edited by Margaret Ferguson, Jon Stallworthy, and Mary Jo Salter. Many of the best poems in the world up to the time of printing. Pricey but probably the most comprehensive poetry collection in the English Language. Excellent notes.
Modern American Poetry and Modern British Poetry, edited by Louis Untermeyer. Untermeyer is a recognized authority on poetry. As you would expect from someone as competent as him, the commentary that accompanies the poems is first class.
Good enough to use as a textbook because it contains so many 20th century poems, which is unusual for an anthology like this one. Emphasizes the first half of the 20th century, although it does contain some 19th century works. The sad news: It's out of print, but it's well worth buying used.
Making of a Poem: A Norton Anthology of Poetic Forms, edited by Mark Strand and Eavan Boland. Not just an anthology; it's also a rare example of an exploration of poetic forms. It presents and analyzes groups of poems organized by their poetic structure and chronology, such as the sonnet, the ballad, the sestina, the villanelle, the pantoum, blank verse, and the stanza.
Each editor writes an introduction. Strand is a male American and Boland is an Irish female; and both are among our best poets. This combination of editors with these backgrounds makes for a top notch introduction to the subject matter.
The book also contains a section which explores poetic structures established not by a specific rhyme or metrical pattern but by content; and other sections on open forms; on the history of form; and on contemporary forms. A chronological anthology of poems demonstrates each particular form. In the sonnet's case, for example, there are 23 brilliantly chosen examples from the sonnets of Shakespeare's and later poets.
Also see ETAF's recommendations for books on understanding poetry. Visit The Muse Of Literature's page called Welcome to the World of Poetry: click here.
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