Back in January 2011, The Art of Manliness ran an article Be a Man. Read a Poem.
The article article recommended trying the following poets:
- Edgar Allen Poe
- Alfred Lord Tennyson
- Rudyard Kipling
- Ernest Hemingway
- Ezra Pound
- William Blake
- Alexander Pope
- Robert Frost
- W.S. Merwin
- Billy Collins
- Bill Watterson
- Shel Silverstein
- If you live in the U.S. or U.K., you should consider entering Christian Focus’ contest for Allan Harman’s book on the life and influence of Matthew Henry! It looks really good and the contest runs through June 1st. And when you when you can send me the free copy of the book as a referreral fee
- Martin Luther’s The Bondage of the Will is up on Librivox.
- There’s an interview of Serbian-American poet Charles Simic talking about why he still writes poetry. It’s pretty interesting and its fun to see how characteristically Serbian Simic is. His reason for writing poetry in English instead of Serbian when he started the craft as a kid is hilarious: ”No American girl was likely to fall for a guy who reads her love poems in Serbian as they sip Coke”.
- Mark Twain’s American Claimant is up on Librivox.
- Ian has an interesting quote posted from a book on reading by Alan Jacobs
Local Interest (Windsor / Essex County, Ontario)
- In an unprecedented blast of blogging, my lovely wife has fired off 3 posts in a row in two days…Very neat! One of them is a reflection and the other two are pictures of our little one. Post 1, Post 2, Post 3
In the comments box on my previous post Some Poets I’ve Read, some readers of this blog replied with names of poets that weren’t on that list.
Here they are:
- Vince - George Herbert, Derek Walcott
- Ian – Samuel Taylor Colerige
- Ben – Wendell Berry
- Nick - Richard Wilbur, Geoffrey Hill
“He doth give his joy to all;
He became an infant small;
He became a man of woe;
He doth feel the sorrow too.
Think not thou canst sigh a sigh
And thy maker is not by;
Think not thou canst weep a tear
And thy maker is not near.
O! he give us his joy
That our grief he may destroy;
Till our grief is fled & gone
He doth sit by us and moan.” – excerpted from William Blake’s poem “On Another’s Sorrow” from Poem’s of William Blake, Selected by Amelia H. Munson (p.47)
Just looking over my Goodreads account, here are some of the poets I’ve read so far.
Two notes: 1. I can’t say that it is an exhaustive list. 2. This only includes poets with published books that I’ve completed.
- Robert Service
- Linda Bierds
- Billy Collins
- Robert Frost
- William Wordsworth
- Wayne Drayer
- Edgar Allan Poe
- Richard Buckminster Fuller
- James Joyce
- Adam Mickiewicz
- Geerhardus Vos (yes, most who know him in other contexts would be surprised that he was also a poet!)
- Charles Simic
- Lawrence Ferlinghetti
- Stephen Scobie
- Len Gasparini
- T.S. Eliot
- Allen Ginsberg
- C.S. Lewis
- George Macdonald
- William Burroughs
- William Shakespeare
- Robert Hunter
- Boris Pasternak
You will notice that I’ve read some obscure poets but also am missing some very important/prominent poets. How about you? Who have you read? Any recommendations?
“In this dramatic event of history [the first time David spared Saul's life] we are given insight into a sharp contrast in two men’s consciences. Conscience is a most vital element of the human soul. Being made in the image of God requires an awareness of righteousness and sin. From the beginning God etched upon every human soul the moral law which reflects the Lord’s righteous character. Romans 2:14-15 tells us that even those who have never seen nor heard the Ten Commandments have within themselves a divine work, namely a divine writing in their hearts of the requirements of this very law. It is this moral law which accounts for the human instinct to reflect on one’s own words and actions and, in this self-reflection, make a moral self-evaluation.” – Walter Chantry in David: Man of Prayer, Man of War, p.86
Books travel a lot. If you took any library with over a couple hundred used books, you’d be amazed to know who owned them. It would be equally amazing to know how many thousands of miles these books have travelled. No wonder sites like Book Crossing are popular!
Sometimes we can never know where our books have been. Sometimes the notes and signatures and stamps provide clues. I almost think of it as though it were a socially acceptable and useful version of graffiti tags.
The following people/organizations/institutions have been the owners of some of my books. It is probably impossible to absolutely prove the authenticity of some of the written namesakes/stamps in the books. However, in each of the following cases I have no reason to doubt their authenticity and in most cases the place of purchase provides a strong clue which would corroborate this information. And besides, there would be little motive or value in forging such information especially since the signers are not wildly popular or anything so as to fetch value for the book or anything.
Here are a few samples:
- Sussex University – Brighton, UK
- Bowes & Bowes – A book seller in Cambridge, England. The site became a bookstore in 1581. It was known as Bowes & Bowes from 1907-1986. In 1992 the site became the Cambridge University Press bookshop.
- Irvin B. Horst – Church History professor at Eastern Mennonite University
- John L. Horst – If it is Jr., then retired professor at Eastern Mennonite University, if Sr. then a Mennonite Pastor and Editor of various publications
- Joe Wilson – Member of South Carolina Senate and U.S. Representative for South Carolina’s 2nd congressional district (perhaps best known for shouting down President Obama in congress with a “You lie”)
- Udo Sautter – History Professor at University of Tubingen
- Mount St. Joseph Academy – A Catholic school in London, Ontario
- Eastern Mennonite University – A university in Virginia
- Menno Simons Historical Library and Archives
- Dysart Public Library – Dysart, Iowa
- Hilde & Lorenz (Unknown) from Toronto Baptist Seminary
- Henry H. Marsh – A prominent Anglican Priest in Toronto who went on to become the Bishop of Yukon in 1962
- Charles R. Miller – An Anglican Bishop from Toronto (1941-2009)
- Provident Bookstore – Lancaster, Pennsylvania