Sonnets From Dante to the Present

ISBN-10: 0375411771

ISBN-13: 9780375411779

Edition: 2001

Authors: John Hollander

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"A sonnet is a moment's monument," said Dante Gabriel Rossetti in a sonnet about sonnets. The sonnets in this collection—whether they capture moments of perception, recognition, despair, or celebration—reveal how great an amount of feeling, insight, and experience can be concentrated into a mere fourteen lines. Here are classics such as Milton's "On His Blindness," Yeats's "Leda and the Swan," and Frost's "The Oven Bird," juxtaposed with the mischievous wit of Rupert Brooke's "Sonnet Reversed," the lyric defiance of Mona Van Duyn's "Caring for Surfaces," and the comic poignancy of Philip Larkin's "To Failure." From the lovelorn laments of Dante and Petrarch to the artful heights of Sidney, Spenser, and Shakespeare, from the masterpieces of Wordsworth and Keats to the innovations of Elizabeth Bishop, Wallace Stevens, and James Merrill, the sonnet has proved both versatile and enduring. This delightful anthology displays the incredible range and power of the verse form that has inspired poets across the centuries.
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List price: $14.95
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 3/27/2001
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 256
Size: 4.00" wide x 6.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.484

John Hollander has edited several Everyman's Library Pocket Poet volumes, including "Robert Frost", "Christmas Poems", "War Poems", "Marriage Poems", "Animal Poems", & "Garden Poems". He is the A. Bartlett Biamatti Professor of English at Yale University, & the author of numerous books of poetry & criticism. He was made a MacArthur Fellow in 1990.

He Compares All Things with His Lady, and Finds Them Wanting
A Rapture Concerning His Lady
Broken Thougths
Sonnet 88 Used as Troilus' Complaint
Love the Tyrant
A Night Piece
To Giovanni da Pistoja: On the Painting of the Sistine Chapel
To Vittoria Colonna: The Model and the Statue
The Impeachment of Night
Winged Thoughts
The Portrait of a Lady
Farewell to Love
Hands Off?
Spring, But
Under House Arrest in Windsor
Cassandra's Beauty
Life's Roses
Love's Wounding
Ruined Rome
Closing Day
Her World
Her Jewels
Visions of the Absent
... And More Cats
Restoring Life
Loves of the Stars
Burning Together
Pride of the Fourth and Liquid Element
Dressing Cupid
Water Never the Same
Astrophel Would Write of Stella
Hit by Love
Poetry's Source
Yes, But
Asking the Moon About Love
This Nothing Seen
A Hard Audience
Doing and Undoing
Her Portrait
Eternizing Her
Repaying a Debt
Care-charmer Sleep
He Can Write Only of Her
My Smithy
Love's Farewell
A Sonnet to the Noble Lady, the Lady Mary Wroth
The World
Rescuing Cupid
Thinking of Love
Sonnet No. 30
Sonnet No. 53
Sonnet No. 73
Sonnet No. 94
Sonnet No. 106
Sonnet No. 107
Sonnet No. 116
Sonnet No. 121
Sonnet No. 129
Sonnet No. 138
Sonnet No. 146
Sonnet to Black It Self
Jubilate Deo
Alpha and Omega
Death Rebuked
The Soul to Her Rescuer
A Sonnet Sent Home from College
The Dream
Clocks of Wheels, of Sand and of Sun
On Reaching Age 23
On His Blindness
On the Late Massacre in Piedmont
A Dream of a Dead Wife
To Mr. Henry Lawes, on His Airs
On Hope
To Her Self-Portrait
Sonnet on a Family Picture
Sonnet on the Death of Mr. Richard West
Written at Stonehenge
Sonnet to William Wilberforce, Esquire
Emblem, Alas!
To the Insect of the Gossamer
To the Evening Star
To the Sun-Dial
At Dover Cliffs, July 20, 1787
Netley Abbey
To Oxford
Composed Upon the Beach near Calais, August, 1802
Composed Upon Westminster Bridge, September, 3, 1802
The World is too Much with Us
Steamboats, Viaducts and Railways
The the River Duddon
To the River Otter
The Bosses of Rome
On the Group of the Three Angels Before the Tent of Abraham, by Raffaelle, in the Vatican
The the Mocking-Bird
The Nile
To the Grasshopper and the Cricket
On the Grasshopper and Cricket
The Human Seasons
What the Thrush Seemed to Say
On First Looking into Chapman's Homer
Bright Star
Fears That I May Cease to Be
England in 1819
Winter Walk
To A. W. von Schlegel
A Lock of Hair
To an American Painter Departing for Europe
To Tartar, a Terrier Beauty
By the Swanannoa
Hiram Powers' Greek Slave'
El Desdichado
To Science
Old Ruralities
Shadows Off the Coast
A Nasty Sonnet
The Later Rain
The Photograph
Mezzo Cammin
The Harvest Moon
The Cross of Snow
The Owls
West London
A Forgery
In His Garden
The House Stands Vacant
A Match with the Moon
On the Road to Waterloo: 17 October
Barren Spring
Silent Noon
Body's Beauty
From Sunset to Star Rise
In an Artist's Studio
From Modern Love
Lucifer in Starlight
Crossed Threads
In the Cemetery
The Sea and the Skylark
The Windhover
No Worst
The Tomb of Poe
Night Scene
The New Colossus
Long Island Sound
Impressions de Voyage
April in Town
The Lights of London
On a Piece of Tapestry
Accident in Art
Leda and the Swan
The Trevi Foundatain, Rome
Mount Lykaion
Near Helikon
The Pity of the Leaves
Reuben Bright
How Annandale Went Out
The Sheaves
White Cats
Never Again Would Birds' Song Be the Same
The Oven Bird
The Silken Tent
Putting in the Seed
Archaic Torso of Apollo
February Afternoon
Autumn Refrain
Sonnet Reversed
The Soldier
Piazza Piece
The Lynching
Anthem for Doomed Youth
The Poet Talks on the Phone with His Love
Apollo and Daphne
From the Dark Tower
The Novelist
Paradise Saved
Lie Still, Sleep Becalmed
Caring for Surfaces
To Failure
Naming the Animals
At Night
A Sonnet
From The Broken Home
High Fidelity
A Theory of Waves
Requiem for the Plantagenet Kings
From Kilim
Its Origin
Its Length
Its Enclosure
Its History
Its Constraints
Its Functions
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