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By John Felstiner

Poems vivifying nature have gripped humans for hundreds of years. From Biblical times to the contemporary, poetry has continually drawn us to the flora and fauna. during this thought-provoking e-book, John Felstiner explores the wealthy legacy of poems that take nature as their topic, and he demonstrates their strength and sweetness. In our personal time of environmental crises, he contends, poetry has a special potential to revive our realization to our surroundings in its imperiled kingdom. And, as we take heed, we may possibly turn into larger stewards of the earth.In 40 short and lucid chapters, Felstiner offers these voices that experience such a lot strongly spoken to and for the flora and fauna. Poets—from the Romantics via Whitman and Dickinson to Elizabeth Bishop and Gary Snyder—have helped us envision such info as ocean winds eroding and rebuilding dunes within the similar breath, wild deer freezing in our presence, and anyone carving initials on a still-living stranded whale.Sixty colour and black-and-white pictures, many visible for the 1st time, bearout visually the environmental mind's eye this ebook discovers—a poeticlegacy extra very important now than ever. (20090817)

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We afterwards moved away a space, and saw nearly the whole more mild, streaming silverly through the trees. What astonishes me more than any thing is the tone, the coloring, the slate, the stone, the moss, the rock-weed; or, if I may so say, the intellect, the countenance of such places. The space, the magnitude of mountains and waterfalls are well imagined before one sees them; but this countenance or intellectual tone must surpass every imagination and defy any remembrance. I shall learn poetry here.

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All rights reserved, A601. 28 Elemental as it is, “Western Wind” opens a way to endure time and circumstance, aloneness and longing, or at least to give them shape, grasp them in rhythmic form, which is poetry’s perennial job. Come at it sharp-eared, clear-eyed, deep-minded, and this late medieval fountainhead of the English lyric tradition shows humankind conversing with the physical world. Such verse, brief as the greeting on an answering machine, has a great deal going on: rhythm and meter, sound, rhyme, diction, voice, grammar, metaphor, structure.

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