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Villanelles (Everyman's Library Pocket Poets)


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The first of its kind--a comprehensive collection of the best of the villanelle, a delightful poetic form whose popularity ranks only behind that of the sonnet and the haiku.


With its intricate rhyme scheme and dance-like pattern of repeating lines, its marriage of recurrence and surprise, the villanelle is a form that has fascinated poets since its introduction almost two centuries ago. Many well-known poets in the past have tried their hands at the villanelle, and the form is enjoying a revival among poets writing today. The poems collected here range from the classic villanelles of the nineteenth century to such famous and memorable examples as Dylan Thomas's "Do not go gentle into that good night," Elizabeth Bishop's "One Art," and Sylvia Plath's "Mad Girl's Love Song." Here too are the cutting-edge works of contemporary poets, including Sherman Alexie, Lorna Dee Cervantes, Rita Dove, Seamus Heaney, Paul Muldoon, and many others whose poems demonstrate the dazzling variety that can be found within the parameters of a single, strict form.

About the Author

ANNIE FINCH is the author of fifteen books of poetry, translation, and criticism. Her collaborations merging poetry with music, visual art, and theater have been produced at Carnegie Hall and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She has a PhD from Stanford and directs the Stonecoast MFA program in creative writing at the University of Southern Maine.


MARIE-ELIZABETH MALI received an MFA in poetry from Sarah Lawrence College and was the recipient of Pushcart Prize nominations in 2008 and 2009. A performance poet, her work has appeared in numerous journals.

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Finch, Annie (edt)
Everyman's Library
Mali, Marie-Elizabeth
Finch, Annie
Anthologies-Miscellaneous International Poetry
Anthologies (multiple authors)
Poetry -Anthologies
Anthologies-United Kingdom Poetry
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6.47 x 4.39 x 0.78 in 0.52 lb

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