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Conversation Pieces Poems That Talk to Other Poems

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ISBN-10: 0307265455

ISBN-13: 9780307265456

Edition: 2007

Authors: Kurt Brown, Harold Schechter, Billy Collins

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This utterly delightful anthology gathers poetic responses to other poems in a dialogue conducted across space and time. Here are poems that answer, argue with, update, elaborate on, mock, interrogate, or pay tribute to poems of the past. We hear Leda's view of the Swan; feel sympathy for La Belle Dame sans Merci, and find out how Marvell's coy mistress might have answered his appeal. Raleigh's famous reply to Marlowe's "The Passionate Shepherd to His Love" sparked a centuries-long debate that John Donne, William Carlos Williams, C. Day Lewis, and Ogden Nash could not resist joining. In these pages we see Denise Levertov respond to Wordsworth, Randall Jarrell to Auden, Ogden Nash to Byron,…    
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Book details

List price: $12.50
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 3/20/2007
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 256
Size: 4.50" wide x 6.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.726
Language: English

Billy Collins has published six collections of poetry, including Questions About Angels and The Art of Drowning, Picnic, Lightning, his latest, sold more than 25,000 copies in its first year. He teaches at Lehman College of the City University of New York and at Sarah Lawrence College. He was named U.S. Poet Laureate in June 2000.

The passionate shepherd to his love
The nymph's reply to the shepherd
The bait
Raleigh was right
Love under the Republicans (or Democrats)
Williams was wrong
Springtime sleep
Summer sleep
Sonnet 31
Sad steps
Sad steps
"Go, lovely rose!"
Dream song 171
My cat Jeoffry
Jeoffry the cat
"The world is too much with us"
Variation on a theme by Wordsworth
Taste and see
Casabianca III
"I hear a river thro' the valley wander"
Variations on a fragment by Trumbull Stickney
In a station of the metro
In a station of the metro
El Hombre
Nuances of a theme by Williams
Musee des Beaux Arts
The old and the new masters
Musee des Beaux Arts revisited
Love poem 1990
Black stone lying on a white stone
Variations on a text by Vallejo
Things my grandfather must have said
The illiterate
The inarticulate
Roots and branches
The monarchs, 58
High windows
In the Musee d'Orsay
True love
What lay beyond it
Two fragments
Skipping the state
Counter-Amores, III, 14
To his coy mistress
Coy mistress
La Belle Dame Sans Merci
La Belle Dame Sans Merci
Lady Clara Vere de Vere
The answer of Lady Clara Vere de Vere
The vampire
A woman's answer to The vampire
Leda and the swan
Pantoum, with swan
Zeus : Leda & swan
The river-merchant's wife : a letter
The river merchant's wife : a fifth letter
The river merchant : a letter home
"What lips my lips have kissed"
After Edna St. Vincent Millay
The young housewife
The young doctor (1916)
Fable of the mermaid and the drunks
The mermaid takes issue with the fable
An explanation
A poem by Mary Ruefle
A poem by Dean Young
Unmarked boxes
Ruminations on my very minor running injury
The common lot
Answer to a beautiful poem, written by Montgomery
Epitaph on an army of mercenaries
Another epitaph on an army of mercenaries
A third epitaph on an army of mercenaries
A pact
Another pact
A knocker
We all knock
Eating oatmeal
"They flee from me that sometime did me seek"
Before time
Holy sonnet XIV
Unholy sonnet
A valediction : forbidding mourning
After valedictions
Prayer (1)
September 11
On a drop of dew
On a drop of rain
"Why - do they shut me out of heaven?"
Say a little "minor"
"Loveliest of trees, the cherry now"
Putting on the ritz
The cucumber
Connecticut thanks you, Nazim
The black swan
The blue-eyed wife
Young sycamore
Old sycamore
Theme for English B
Theme for intermediate Chinese
A blessing
Those winter Sundays
Those Georgia Sundays
A boy goes into the world
A girl goes into the world
The destruction of Sennacherib
Very like a whale
Sonnet XLIII
Oh, nothing
Dover beach
The Dover bitch : a criticism of life
It will but shake & totter
Canto XLV
With tenure
This is just to say
Variations on a theme by William Carlos Williams