Can Poetry save the Earth?
Poems vivifying nature have gripped people for centuries. From Biblical times to the present day, poetry has continuously drawn us to the natural world. In this thought-provoking book, John Felstiner explores the rich legacy of poems that take nature as their subject, and he demonstrates their forceMore »
Poems vivifying nature have gripped people for centuries. From Biblical times to the present day, poetry has continuously drawn us to the natural world. In this thought-provoking book, John Felstiner explores the rich legacy of poems that take nature as their subject, and he demonstrates their force and beauty. In our own time of environmental crises, he contends, poetry has a unique capacity to restore our attention to our environment in its imperiled state. And, as we take heed, we may well become better stewards of the earth. In forty brief and lucid chapters, Felstiner presents those voices that have most strongly spoken to and for the natural world. Poets--from the Romantics through Whitman and Dickinson to Elizabeth Bishop and Gary Snyder--have helped us envision such details as ocean winds eroding and rebuilding dunes in the same breath, wild deer freezing in our presence, and a person carving initials on a still-living stranded whale. Sixty color and black-and-white images, many seen for the first time, bear out visually the environmental imagination this book discovers--a poetic legacy more vital now than ever.« Less
a field guide to nature poems
Anon was an environmentalist
Blake, the Wordsworths, and the dung
John Keats eking it out
John Clare at home in Helpston
Adamic Walt Whitman
Syllables of Emily Dickinson
Nature shadowing Thomas Hardy
The world charged by Gerard Manley Hopkins
Nature versus history in W. B. Yeats
Robert Frost and the fun in how you say a thing
Frost and the necessity of metaphor
England thanks to Edward Thomas, 1914-1917
Wings of Wallace Stevens
Reviving America with William Carlos Williams
Williams and the environmental news
D.H. Lawrence in Taormina and Taos
Ocean, rock, hawk, and Robinson Jeffers
Marianne Moore's fantastic reverence
To steepletop and ragged island with Edna St. Vincent Millay
Pablo Neruda at Machu Picchu
Stanley Kunitz : his nettled field, his dune garden
Things whole and holy for Kenneth Rexroth
Theodore Roethke from greenhouse to seascape
George Oppen's Psalm of Attentiveness
Elizabeth Bishop traveling
Something alive in May Swenson
Earth home to William Stafford
America's angst and Robert Lowell's
Life illumined around Denise Levertov
Shirley Kaufman's roots in the air
News of the North from John Haines
Trust in Maxine Kumin
Wind in the reeds in the voice of A. R. Ammons
W.S. Merwin's motion of mind
Zest of Galway Kinnel
Donald Hall and Jane Kenyon at Eagle Pond Farm
Ted Hughes capturing pike
Derek Walcott, first to see them
Gary Snyder's eye for the real world
Can poetry save the earth?
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