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Ellen hosted our gathering in October where we studied landscapes.

Carl Sandburg (1878-1967) – bio

Mist Marches Across the Valley
Crossing Ohio When Poppies Bloom in Ashtabula

Robert Frost (1874-1963) – bio

The Mountain
The Road Not Taken

William Carlos Williams (1883-1963) – bio

Landscape With the Fall of Icarus

Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892-1950) – bio

God’s World

William Wordsworth (1770-1850) – Wordsworth Trust; poet’s bio

I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud  aka The Daffodils and the Wordsworth Rap

Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894) – bio

The Land of the Counterpane

Dorothy Parker (1893-1967) – poet’s Web page; other bio

Landscape

Hayden Carruth (1921-2008) – bio

I Know, I Remember, But How Can I Help You
Song of the Two Crows

Yehuda Amichai (1924-2000) – bio

What Did I Learn in the Wars?
End of Summer in the Judean Mountains

Wallace Stevens (1879-1955) – poet’s homepage; other bio

Six Significant Landscapes

William Wordsworth (1770-1850) – Wordsworth Trust; poet’s bio

Lines Composed Above Tintern Abbey

Garrett Kaoru Hongo (1951- ) – bio

Yellow Light

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Just as April showers bring May flowers, our April zooming led to May blooming. We examined poems about flowers.

Nazim Hikmet (1902-1963) – bio

Things I Didn’t Know I Loved

Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892-1950) – bio

The Blue-Flag in the Bog

Khalil Gibran (1883-1931) – bio

Song of the Flower

King James Bible

Song of Solomon, Chapter 2
Other translations

Jane Kenyon (1947-1995) – bio

February: Thinking of Flowers

Allen Ginsberg (1926-1997) – bio

Sunflower Sutra – print and audio

William Wordsworth (1770-1850) – bio

The Daffodils (aka I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud)
and don’t forget the Wordsworth Rap

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882) – bio

The Reaper and the Flowers

William Carlos Williams (1881-1963) – bio

Asphodel, That Greeny Flower

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At our April 15 meeting, Karen read us a parody written by Joy Burki-Watson entitled I Pondered ‘Neath My Faceless Shroud. Well, it seems that Joy has discovered the Poets’ Notebook and in doing so left us a present entitled Trees. Check it out. You can contrast it with Joyce Kilmer’s original Trees

Thank you very much Joy. We truly appreciate it!

You can visit Joy’s Web site Way Down Upon. There you will find a poem entitled The Daffodil Field which kind of brings this whole affair full circle since I Pondered ‘Neath My Faceless Shroud is a parody of Wordsworth’s own daffodil poem entitled I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud.

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Wordsworth Rap

This is a learning experience for me, too. I finally figured out how to include video directly on the site. So here is the Wordsworth Rap that I mentioned in the earlier post.

If you come across other resources that you’d like to share with everyone, send me an email with a URL. I’ll post it.

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Our second meeting of poet enthusiasts took place on Sunday, April 15. In the gloom of the rainy afternoon, we sat in a cozy living room sipping tea and tasting some evil and some not-so-evil treats. These are the poems we read, listened to and discussed.

Pablo Neruda (1904-1973) – Chilean-born Nobel Laureate for Literature – bio 

Ode to My Socks read from the book America’s Favorite Poems by Robert Pinsky

Tom Wayman (1945 – ) – bio

Did I Miss Anything? – offered to us tongue in cheek by one who missed our first meeting! Did you miss anything??? No, not with this web site around!

William Wordsworth (1770 – 1850) – bio

I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud

Daffodils

Parodies of Wordsworth’s poem

Gordon J.L. Ramel – web site

Daffodils No More – a comment on the fewer numbers of daffodils in England these days.  NOTE: I recently revisited these links and somehow the poem is now called Daffodils Revisited

David Martin (DCDave) web site

I Wandered with a Wrought-up Mind – be sure to click on the link for federal poles. Without it, I’m not sure I would have gotten the meaning.

Joy Burki-Watson

I Pondered ‘Neath My Faceless Shroud – a tribute to the courageous ladies of Afghanistan

Cumbria Tourism

Wordsworth Rap – A hip-hop video version of  I Wandered Lonely As A Cloud…just delightful!

Adrienne Rich (1929 – ) – bio

Storm Warnings

Turning – this isn’t the entire poem, but it is referenced in this NY Times analysis

William Henry Davies (1871-1940) – bio

Leisure

Thomas Hardy (1840-1928) – bio

The Darkling Thrush

Saliba Sarsar background info

When Peace Becomes The Holy Land

Robert Penn Warren (1905-1989) – bio

Caribou  -this isn’t the entire poem, but it is discussed here

If Snakes Were Blue

Bearded Oaks

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