De/Compositions 101 Good Poems Gone Wrong

ISBN-10: 1555973175

ISBN-13: 9781555973179

Edition: 2001

Authors: W. D. Snodgrass

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This original, illuminating, and sometimes quite funny poetry anthology is primarily concerned with a fundamental and familiar question: How can we tell good poetry from bad? To illustrate precisely why these 101 poems, many of them well-loved classics, are so accomplished and remarkable, the prize-winning poet, author, critic, and veteran teacher Snodgrass herein rewrites them—wrongly. De/Compositions tellingly presents these rewrites next to the originals—by poets ranging from William Shakespeare to William Stafford—and thus we can more fully appreciate the artistry of these astonishing poems word by word, line by line, stanza by stanza. This book will appeal to anyone studying the craft and/or creativity that good poems demand.
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Book details

List price: $18.00
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Graywolf Press
Publication date: 6/1/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 312
Size: 6.50" wide x 8.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

Poet W. D. Snodgrass was born on January 5, 1926. After serving as a Navy typist during World War II, he received bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Iowa. With the publication of Heart's Needle (1959) a collection of confessional poetry that won the 1960 Pulitzer Prize, Snodgrass gained immediate fame as one of the best poets to come out of the 1950s. Snodgrass's later poetry is much less directly personal, as he learned to deal with some of the major historical events of his time. His wrote more than 30 books of poetry, criticism and translations including After Experience (1967) and The Fuehrer Bunker (1977). He taught at numerous colleges including Cornell University, Wayne State University and the University of Delaware. He died from lung cancer on January 13, 2009 at the age of 83.

Foreword: The De/Composer
Abstract and General vs. Concrete and Specific
"Leda and the Swan"
"Dream Song #22, 'Of 1826'"
"Disillusionment of Ten O'Clock"
"The Fury of Aerial Bombardment"
"The Groundhog"
"Still to Be Neat"
"Sonnet #129, 'The expense of spirit ...'"
"A Noiseless Patient Spider"
"The Man in the Dead Machine"
"I Know a Man"
"Eros Turannos"
"The Miller's Wife"
"Egyptian Dancer at Shubra"
"A Late Aubade"
"Janet Waking"
"Piazza Piece"
"Sonnet #73, 'That time of year thou mayst ...'"
"Sailing to Byzantium"
"A Supermarket in California"
"The Man He Killed"
"Traveling through the Dark"
The Singular Voice
"A Narrow Fellow in the Grass"
"If I Shouldn't Be Alive"
"I Heard a Fly Buzz--When I Died"
"The Oxen"
"Drummer Hodge"
"God's Grandeur"
"Sonnet #67, 'I wake and feel ...'"
"A Refusal to Mourn the Death, by Fire, of a Child in London"
"The Force That Through the Green Fuse Drives the Flower"
"Repose of Rivers"
"At Melville's Tomb"
"Anecdote of the Jar"
"Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird"
"in Just-"
"anyone lived in a pretty how town"
"The Drunken Fisherman"
"Dream Song #29, 'There sat down, once ...'"
"The Bundled-Well-Hung-Up-Tight-Don't-Put-That-In-Your-Mouth-It's-Posioned-Blues"
Metrics and Music
"Upon Julia's Clothes"
"Still to Be Neat"
"My Picture Left in Scotland"
"The Sunlight on the Garden"
"My Papa's Waltz"
"To Heaven"
"The Second Coming"
"They Flee from Me"
"Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal"
"Break, Break, Break"
"The Tyger"
"Ah Sunflower"
"Spring and Fall"
"The Leaden Echo and the Golden Echo"
"Cavalry Crossing a Ford"
"Bivouac on a Mountain Side"
"The Main Deep"
"Bethsabe's Song"
"The Return"
"In a Station of the Metro"
"No Swan so Fine"
"The Mind is an Enchanting Thing"
"Bagpipe Music"
"Musee des Beaux Arts"
"Song of the Old Soldier"
"Spring and All"
"Poem, 'As the cat'"
Structure and Climax
"Skunk Hour"
"Eight O'Clock"
"Parting, Without a Sequel"
"I Never Lost As Much But Twice"
"This Be The Verse"
"Whoso List to Hunt"
"Holy Sonnet #7, 'At the round earth's ...'"
"To Autumn"
"Loveliest of Trees"
"The Fish"
"She Dwelt Among the Untrodden Ways"
"A Slumber Did My Spirit Seal"
"Bells for John Whiteside's Daughter"
"England in 1819"
"Richard Cory"
"The Evening Darkens Over"
"Seen When Nights Are Silent"
"Sir Patrick Spens," Scottish Folk Ballad
"Edward," Scottish Folk Ballad
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