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The Rattle Bag is an anthology of poetry (mostly in English but occasionally in translation) for general readers and students of all ages and backgrounds. These poems have been selected by the simple yet telling criteria that they are the personal favorites of the editors, themselves two of contemporary literature's leading poets.

Moreover, Heaney and Hughes have elected to list their favorites not by theme or by author but simply by title (or by first line, when no title is given). As they explain in their Introduction: We hope that our decision to impose an arbitrary alphabetical order allows the contents of this book] to discover themselves as we ourselves gradually discovered them--each poem full of its singular appeal, transmitting its own signals, taking its chances in a big, voluble world.

With undisputed masterpieces and rare discoveries, with both classics and surprises galore, The Rattle Bag includes the work of such key poets as William Shakespeare, Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, Lewis Carroll, Dylan Thomas, Wallace Stevens, Elizabeth Bishop, and Sylvia Plath among its hundreds of poems. A helpful Glossary as well as an Index of Poets and Works are offered at the conclusion of this hefty, unorthodox, diverse, inspired, and inspiring collection of poetry.

Seamus Heaney received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1995. His many books of poetry include Opened Ground, Electric Light, The Spirit Level, Seeing Things, Station Island, The Haw Lantern, and Field Work, as well as translations of Beowulf and Diary of One Who Vanished. A resident of Dublin, he has taught poetry at Oxford University and Harvard University. In 2004, Heaney was presented with the Kenyon Review Award for Literary Achievement.

The British poet, translator, author, and critic Ted Hughes, born in 1930, wrote more than forty books, including, in the last decade of his life, Shakespeare and the Goddess of Complete Being; Tales from Ovid; verse adaptations of Aeschylus's Oresteia, Racine's Phedre, and Euripedes' Alcestis; and the bestselling Birthday Letters. Hughes served as Poet Laureate to Queen Elizabeth II from 1984 until his death in 1998.

The Rattle Bag is an anthology of poetry (mostly in English but occasionally in translation) for general readers and students of all ages and backgrounds. These poems have been selected by the simple yet telling criteria that they are the personal favorites of the editors, themselves two of contemporary literature's leading poets.

Moreover, Heaney and Hughes have elected to list their favorites not by theme or by author but simply by title (or by first line, when no title is given). As they explain in their Introduction: We hope that our decision to impose an arbitrary alphabetical order allows the contents of this book] to discover themselves as we ourselves gradually discovered them--each poem full of its singular appeal, transmitting its own signals, taking its chances in a big, voluble world.

With undisputed masterpieces and rare discoveries, with both classics and surprises galore, The Rattle Bag includes the work of such key poets as William Shakespeare, Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, Lewis Carroll, Dylan Thomas, Wallace Stevens, Elizabeth Bishop, and Sylvia Plath among its hundreds of poems. A helpful Glossary as well as an Index of Poets and Works are offered at the conclusion of this hefty, diverse, and inspiring collection of poetry.

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The method employed in arranging and presenting the contents of this book] must surely be the one for all the best anthologies . . . The Rattle Bag sets a standard which other anthologies will find it difficult to equal.--Alan Brownjohn, The Times Literary Supplement (London)

A splendid, huge, resonant book.--The Observer (London)

A must for anyone at all who likes poetry.--Melvyn Bragg, The Times (London)

Table of Contents

A-M

'Adieu, farewell earth's bliss, ' Thomas Nashe

After his Death, Norman MacCaig

n0 After Looking into a Book Belonging to My Great-Grandfather . . ., Hyam Plutzik

Afterwards, Thomas Hardy

Ah Sunflower, William Blake

Alfred Corning Clark, Robert Lowell

The Allansford Pursuit, Robert Graves

'All the world's a stage, ' William Shakespeare

Among the Narcissi, Sylvia Plath

The Ancients of the World, R. S. Thomas

'And death shall have no dominion, ' Dylan Thomas

And in the 51st Year of that Century . . ., Hyam Plutzik

'And the days are not full enough, ' Ezra Pound

Angelica the Doorkeeper, Anon

'The Angel that presided o'er my birth, ' William Blake

'Anger lay by me all night long, ' Elizabeth Daryush

An Animal Alphabet, Edward Lear

Another Epitaph on an Army of Mercenaries, Hugh MacDiarmid

'anyone lived in a pretty how town, ' e. e. cummings

Apple Blossom, Louis MacNeice

The Artist, William Carlos Williams

'As I came in by Fiddich-side, ' Anon

'As I walked out one evening, ' W. H. Auden

'As kingfishers catch fire, dragonflies draw flame, ' Gerard Manley Hopkins

As Much as You Can, C. P. Cavafy

'As the team's head-brass flashed out, ' Edward Thomas

'As you came from the holy land, ' Sir Walter Ralegh

At Grass, Philip Larkin

At the Bomb Testing Site, William Stafford

'At the grey round of the hill, ' W. B. Yeats

Auguries of Innocence, William Blake

Aunt Julia, Norman MacCaig

Autobahnmotorwayautoroute, Adrian Mitchell

Autobiography, Louis MacNeice

Autowreck, Karl Shapiro

'Aye, but to die, and go we know not where, ' William Shakespeare

Baby Song, Thom Gunn

The Badger, John Clare

Bagpipe Music, Louis MacNeice

Bags of Meat, Thomas Hardy

The Ballad of Rudolph Reed, Gwendolyn Brooks

Ballad of the Bread Man, Charles Causley

Be Merry, Anon

Beeny Cliff, Thomas Hardy

'Before I k

Synopsis:

Conceived as a collection of the editors' own favourite poems, this anthology has established itself as the classic anthology of our time.

Synopsis:

The Rattle Bag is an anthology of poetry (mostly in English but occasionally in translation) for general readers and students of all ages and backgrounds. These poems have been selected by the simple yet telling criteria that they are the personal favorites of the editors, themselves two of contemporary literature's leading poets.

Moreover, Heaney and Hughes have elected to list their favorites not by theme or by author but simply by title (or by first line, when no title is given). As they explain in their Introduction: "We hope that our decision to impose an arbitrary alphabetical order allows the contents [of this book] to discover themselves as we ourselves gradually discovered them--each poem full of its singular appeal, transmitting its own signals, taking its chances in a big, voluble world."

With undisputed masterpieces and rare discoveries, with both classics and surprises galore, The Rattle Bag includes the work of such key poets as William Shakespeare, Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, Lewis Carroll, Dylan Thomas, Wallace Stevens, Elizabeth Bishop, and Sylvia Plath among its hundreds of poems. A helpful Glossary as well as an Index of Poets and Works are offered at the conclusion of this hefty, unorthodox, diverse, inspired, and inspiring collection of poetry.

About the Author

Seamus Heaney received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1995. A resident of Dublin since 1976, he teaches regularly at Harvard University. Heaney has written over a dozen books of poetry and criticism, and the Los Angeles Times Book Review has called him "the greatest Irish poet since Yeats."

Ted Hughes, the author of numerous books of poetry, prose, and translation, was Poet Laureate to Queen Elizabeth II until his death in 1998. His last book of poems, Birthday Letters, won the Whitbread Book of the Year award—and was a much-discussed national bestseller. He lived in Devon, England.

Table of Contents

M-Z

"The Names of the Hare," Anon

"Napoleon," Walter de la Mare

"'A narrow Fellow in the Grass,'" Emily Dickinson

"Nature's Lineaments," Robert Graves

"'nobody loses all the time,'" e. e. cummings

"The North Ship," Philip Larkin

"The Nose," Iain Crichton Smith

"'Now entertain conjecture of a time,'" William Shakespeare

"Nutting," William Wordsworth

"The Octopus," Ogden Nash

"Ode to a Nightingale," John Keats

"Of Poor B. B.," Bertolt Brecht

"The Old Familiar Faces," Charles Lamb

"'An old man stirs the fire to a blaze,'" W. B. Yeats

"Old Men," Ogden Nash

"Omens," Anon

"On a Tree Fallen Across the Road," Robert Frost

"On Buying a Horse," Anon

"On My First Sonne," Ben Jonson

"On the Beach at Fontana," James Joyce

"On the Cards and Dice," Sir Walter Ralegh

"On the Congo," Harry Edmund Martinson

"On Wenlock Edge," A. E. Housman

"'One Christmas-time,'" William Wordsworth

"'Our revels now are ended,'" William Shakespeare

"Out in the Dark," Edward Thomas

"'Out, Out—'" Robert Frost

"The Owl," Edward Thomas

"The Oxen," Thomas Hardy

"The Ox-Tamer," Walt Whitman

"Ozymandias," Percy Bysshe Shelley

"Pangar Bàn," Anon

"The Passionate Man's Pilgrimage," Sir Walter Ralegh

"The Passionate Shepherd to His Love," Christopher Marlowe

and two replies:

"The Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd," Sir Walter Ralegh

"The Baite," John Donne

"Pat Cloherty's version of The Maisie," Richard Murphy

"'Pensive, on her dead gazing, I heard the Mother of All,'" Walt Whitman

"Perfect," Hugh MacDiarmid

"Pheasant," Sylvia Plath

"Piano," D. H. Lawrence

"Pied Beauty," Gerard Manley Hopkins

"The Pig," Ogden Nash

"The Pilgrim," W. B. Yeats

"Ploughing on Sunday," Wallace Stevens

"Poem in October," Dylan Thomas

"A Poison Tree," William Blake

"Poor but Honest," Anon

"Poppies in July," Sylvia Plath

"Praise of a Collie," Norman MacCaig

"The Properties of a Good Greyhound," Dame Juliana Berners

"Raleigh Was Right," William Carlos Williams

"Range-Finding," Robert Frost

"The Rattle Bag," Dafydd ap Gwilym

"Reflection on Ingenuity," Ogden Nash

"'Repeat that, repeat,'" Gerard Manley Hopkins

"The Return," Ezra Pound

"The River-Merchant's Wife: A Letter," Ezra Pound

"'Running lightly over spongy ground,'" Theodore Roethke

"The Sad Boy," Laura Riding

"The Saginaw Song," Theodore Roethke

"Saint Francis and the Sow," Galway Kinnell

"Sandpiper," Elizabeth Bishop

"The Scholar," Austin Clarke

"Scotland Small?" Hugh MacDiarmid

"Sea-Change," John Masefield

"A Sea-Chantey," Derek Walcott

"The Seafarer," Ezra Pound

"Sea-Hawk," Richard Eberhart

"Season Song," Anon

"Sea-Weed," D. H. Lawrence

"Self-Pity," D. H. Lawrence

"The Self-Unseeing," Thomas Hardy

"The Send-Off," Wilfred Owen

"Senex," John Betjeman

"The Seven," Anon

"'Seventy feet down,'" Philip Larkin

"The Seventh," Attila Jószef

"She and I," Norman Cameron

"Sheep," W. H. Davies

"'She is the fairies' midwife, and she comes,'" William Shakespeare

"The Shooting of Dan McGrew," Robert Service

"The Shooting of John Dillinger Outside the Biograph Theater, July 22 1934," David Wagoner

"Shroud," George Mackay Brown

"The Sick Rose," William Blake

"'the silver swan, who living had no note,'" Orlando Gibbons

"Similes for Two Political Characters of 1819," Percy Bysshe Shelley

"'Since there's no help, come, let us kiss and part,'" Michael Drayton

"Sir Patrick Spens," Anon

"Sir Walter Ralegh to His Son," Sir Walter Ralegh

"The Six Strings," Federico García Lorca

"'Slow, slow, fresh fount, keep time with my salt teares,'" Ben Jonson

"The Smile," William Blake

"Snake," D. H. Lawrence

"Solitude," Tomas Transtromer

"Song: I Hid My Love," John Clare

"Song for the Clatter-Bones," F. R. Higgins

"Song for the Head," George Peele

"Songs for a Colored Singer," Elizabeth Bishop

"Sonnet," Dante

"Sounds of the Day," Norman MacCaig

"Spring," Gerard Manley Hopkins

"Spring and Fall," Gerard Manley Hopkins

"'Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone,'" W. H. Auden

"Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening," Robert Frost

"Strange Meeting," Wilfred Owen

"The Streets of Laredo," Anon

"A Strong Wind," Austin Clarke

"A Survey," William Stafford

"Swedes," Edward Thomas

"Sweeney Praises the Trees," Anon

"Sweet Suffolk Owl," Thomas Vautor

"Taboo to Boot," Ogden Nash

"Taffy was a Welshman," Anon

"Tails and Heads," Suzanne Knowles

"Taking Leave of a Friend," Ezra Pound

"Tarantella," Hilaire Belloc

"'There came a Wind like a Bugle,'" Emily Dickinson

"'There is a willow grows aslant a brook,'" William Shakespeare

"'There's a certain Slant of light,'" Emily Dickinson

"There Was a Boy," William Wordsworth

"'There was a man and he was mad,'" Anon

"Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird," Wallace Stevens

"'This lunar beauty,'" W. H. Auden

"Thistle," Nikolai Alekseevich Zabolotsky

"Thomas Rymer," Anon

"Three Riddles from the Exeter Book," Geoffrey Grigson

"'Thrice the brinded cat hath mew'd,'" William Shakespeare

"Tiger," A. D. Hope

"Tilly," James Joyce

"Timothy Winters," Charles Causley

"To a Schoolboy," Anon

"To Autumn," John Keats

"To the Foot from its Child," Pablo Neruda

"Track," Tomas Transtromer

"Transformations," Thomas Hardy

"A True Account of Talking to the Sun at Fire Island," Frank O'Hara

"The Twa Corbies," Anon

"Two Drops," Zbigniew Herbert

"Two Performing Elephants," D. H. Lawrence

"Two Songs of a Fool," W. B. Yeats

"TheTyger," William Blake

"The Unknown Bird," Edward Thomas

"The Unquiet Grave." Anon

"Ute Mountain," Charles Tomlinson

"The Vacuum," Howard Nemerov

"Vergissmeinicht," Keith Douglas

"The Villain," W. H. Davies

"Vision by Sweetwater," John Crowe Ransom

"The Visitant," Theodore Roethke

"The Vixen," John Clare

"A Walk," Nikolai Alekseevich Zabolotsky

"Walking West," William Stafford

"The Wanderer," W. H. Auden

"The Wandering Spectre," Anon

"War," Andrei Voznesensky

"War God's Horse Song," Anon

"'Was it for this?'" William Wordsworth

"Watch Your Step—I'm Drenched," Adrian Mitchell

"The Weapon," Hugh MacDiarmid

"Weathers," Thomas Hardy

"The Well Rising," William Stafford

"'When I set out for Lyonnesse,'" Thomas Hardy

"'When lilacs last in the dooryard bloom'd,'" Walt Whitman

"'When old corruption first begun,'" William Blake

"'When the rain raineth,"' Anon

"'The wicked who would do me harm,'" Anon

"The Wife of Usher's Well," Anon

"Wild Iron," Allen Curnow

"Willy Wet-leg," D. H. Lawrence

"'The wind blows out of the gates of the day,'" W. B. Yeats

"'The wind suffers of blowing,'" Laura Riding

"'A Wind that rose,'" Emily Dickinson

"The Windhover," Gerard Manley Hopkins

"Witches' Chasm," Ben Jonson

"'With fairest flowers,'" William Shakespeare

"The Woodlark," Gerard Manley Hopkins

"'Would you hear of an old-fashion'd sea-fight?'" Walt Whitman

"'Yon island carrions desperate of their bones,'" William Shakespeare

"You're," Sylvia Plath

Glossary

Index of Poets and Works

Acknowledgements

Product Details

ISBN:
9780571225835
Author:
Heaney, Seamus
Publisher:
Faber & Faber
Author:
Seamus Heane
Author:
HUGHES, TED
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y
Subject:
Anthologies (multiple authors)
Subject:
Children's poetry
Subject:
Poetry
Subject:
English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
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Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
20050331
Binding:
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Grade Level:
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Language:
English
Pages:
496
Dimensions:
8.47 x 5.43 x 1.45 in
Age Level:
08-12

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The Rattle Bag is an anthology of poetry (mostly in English but occasionally in translation) for general readers and students of all ages and backgrounds. These poems have been selected by the simple yet telling criteria that they are the personal favorites of the editors, themselves two of contemporary literature's leading poets.

Moreover, Heaney and Hughes have elected to list their favorites not by theme or by author but simply by title (or by first line, when no title is given). As they explain in their Introduction: "We hope that our decision to impose an arbitrary alphabetical order allows the contents [of this book] to discover themselves as we ourselves gradually discovered them--each poem full of its singular appeal, transmitting its own signals, taking its chances in a big, voluble world."

With undisputed masterpieces and rare discoveries, with both classics and surprises galore, The Rattle Bag includes the work of such key poets as William Shakespeare, Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, Lewis Carroll, Dylan Thomas, Wallace Stevens, Elizabeth Bishop, and Sylvia Plath among its hundreds of poems. A helpful Glossary as well as an Index of Poets and Works are offered at the conclusion of this hefty, unorthodox, diverse, inspired, and inspiring collection of poetry.

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