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Poetry of the Law From Chaucer to the Present

ISBN-10: 158729866X
ISBN-13: 9781587298660
Edition: 2010
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Description: Poetry of the Lawis the first serious anthology of law-related poetry ever published in the United States. As the editors make clear, though,seriousneed not implysolemn.Instead, David Kader and Michael Stanford have assembled a surprisingly  More...

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List price: $22.00
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: University of Iowa Press
Publication date: 3/15/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 234
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

Poetry of the Lawis the first serious anthology of law-related poetry ever published in the United States. As the editors make clear, though,seriousneed not implysolemn.Instead, David Kader and Michael Stanford have assembled a surprisingly capacious collection of 100 poems from the 1300s to the present. Set in courtrooms, lawyersrsquo; offices, law-school classrooms and judgesrsquo; chambers; peopled with attorneys, the imprisoned (both innocent and guilty), judges, jurors, witnesses and law-enforcement officers; based on real events (think ldquo;Scottsborordquo;) or exploring the complexity of abstract legal ideas; the poems celebrate justice or decry the lack of it, range in tone from witty to wry, sad to celebratory, funny to infuriating.Poetry of the Lawis destined to become an authoritative source for years to come. Poets Include: W. H. Auden Robert Burns Lewis Carroll John Ciardi Daniel Defoe Emily Dickinson John Donne Rita Dove Ralph Waldo Emerson Martiacute;n Espada Thomas Hardy Seamus Heaney A. E. Housman Langston Hughes Ben Jonson X. J. Kennedy Yusef Komunyakaa Ted Kooser D. H. Lawrence Edgar Lee Masters W. S. Merwin Edna St. Vincent Millay Sir Walter Raleigh Muriel Rukeyser Carl Sandburg William Shakespeare Jonathan Swift Mona Van Duyn Oscar Wilde William Carlos Williams from ldquo;The Hanging Judgerdquo; by Eavan Boland Come to the country where justice is seen to be done, Done daily. Come to the country where Sentence is passed by word of mouth and raw Boys split like infinitives. Look, here We hanged our son, our only son And hang him still and still we call it law.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
from the general prologue to The Canterbury Tales
Tydingis fra the Sessioun
from Book 5, Canto 9, The Faerie Queene
The Passionate Man's Pilgrimage
Sonnet 35
Sonnet 49
Sonnet 134 William Shakespeare
Into the Middle Temple of My Heart
An Epigram to the Counsellor
Satire 2
Satire 5
Arraigned, Poor Captive
Upon Case
Meditation 38: An Advocate with the Father
from "A Hymn to the Pillory"
The Answer to "Paulus"
Verbatim from Boileau
The Lawyer's Farewell to His Muse
The Cause Won
The Rising of the Session
from "Professions-Law"
Extempore in the Court of Session
from Sonnets upon the Punishment of Death, IV
from Sonnets upon the Punishment of Death, VI
from Sonnets upon the Punishment of Death, VIII
from Sonnets upon the Punishment of Death, XI
from Canto 10, Don Juan
To the Lord Chancellor
Hamatreya
The Gallows
from Book 5, The Ring and the Book
Thought
You Felons on Trial in Courts
I Read My Sentence Steadily
I Had Some Things That I Called Mine
The Barrister's Dream
The Mock Wife
from The Ballad of Reading Gaol
Oh Who Is That Young Sinner
The Reeds of Runnymede
"Butch"Weldy
Judge Selah Lively
States Attorney Fallas
Carl Hamblin
The Inquest
In the Dock
The Lawyers Know Too Much
Impromptu: The Stickers
Auto-da-F�
Justice Denied in Massachusetts
from "Early History of a Writer"
from John Brown's Body
To Edwin V. McKenzie
The People v. The People
The Town of Scottsboro
Legal Fiction
Law Like Love
The Judge Is Fury
The Verdict
The Trial
The Hand That Signed the Paper
Dreamsong 86
After the Trial
The Law Has Reasons
E Is for Earwig
In a Corridor at Court
Law
The Poet Reconciles Herself to Politicians
Defendant
Death the Judge
Strip: 55
At the Executed Murderer's Grave
Tool
Ignorance of the Law Is No Excuse
Possession
Tailor-Made
Legal Reform
Police Court Saturday Morning
What I Am Trying to Say
At the Night Court
Criminal
Outlaw
History
The Witness
Punishment
The Stone Verdict
Wittgenstein at Chess
The Woods in New Jersey
Negligence
This Week the Court Is Sleeping in Loughrea
The Hanging Judge
Traveling Exhibit of Torture Instruments
Light on the Subject
Admissions against Interest
Twelve Chairs
Law Clerk, 1979
Mi Vida: Wings of Fright
The Legal Aid Lawyer Has an Epiphany
The Sentence
If You Ask Your Attorney to Be Concise
Notes on Poems and Poets
Permissions
Index

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