American Poetry: Herman Melville to Trumbull Stickney. American Indian poetry. Folk songs and spirituals

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Library of America, 1993 - 1050 pagine
In nineteenth-century America, poetry was, part of everyday life, as familiar as a hymn, a love song, a patriotic exhortation. American Poetry: The Nineteenth Century reveals the vigor and diversity of a tradition embracing solitary visionaries and congenial storytellers, humorists and dissidents, songwriters and philosophers. These two volumes reassess America's poetic legacy with a comprehensive sweep that no previous anthology has attempted.
This second volume follows the evolution of American poetry from the monumental mid-century achievements of Herman Melville and Emily Dickinson to the modernist stirrings of Stephen Crane and Edwin Arlington Robinson. The cataclysm of the Civil War - reflected in fervent antislavery protests, in marching songs and poetic calls to arms, and in muted postbellum expressions of grief and reconciliation - ushered in a period of accelerating change and widening regional perspectives.
Among the unfamiliar pleasures to be savored in this volume are the penetrating meditations of the reclusive Frederick Goddard Tuckerman, the eloquent lyricism of Emma Lazarus, the mournful, superbly crafted fin de siecle verse of Trumbull Stickney. Here too are the pioneering African-American poets (Frances Harper, Albery Allson Whitman, Paul Laurence Dunbar); popular humorists (James Whitcomb Riley, Eugene Field); writers embodying America's newfound cosmopolitanism (Edith Wharton, George Santayana); and extravagant self-mythologizing figures who could have existed nowhere else, like the actress Adah Isaacs Menken and the frontier poet Joaquin Miller.
Parodies, dialect poems, song lyrics, and children's verse evoke the liveliness of an era when poetry was accessible to all. Here are poems that played a crucial role in American public life, whether to arouse the national conscience (Edwin Markham's "The Man with the Hoe") or to memorialize the golden age of the national pastime (Ernest Lawrence Thayer's "Casey at the Bat").
An entire section of this volume is devoted to American Indian poetry in nineteenth-century versions, making available - some for the first time since their initial publication - an astonishing range of translations and adaptations: Ojibwa healing rituals, the songs of the Ghost Dance religion, Zuni mythological narratives, chants from the Kwakiutl Winter Ceremonial. Also included is a generous selection from America's rich heritage of anonymous folk songs, ballads, and hymns.
Unprecedented in its textual authority, the anthology includes newly researched biographical sketches of each poet, a year-by-year chronology of poets and poetry from 1800 to 1900, and extensive notes.

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HERMAN MELVILLE 18191891
1
HENRY HOWARD BROWNELL 18201872
87
JOHN HENRY HOPKINS JR 18201891
98
MARIA WHITE LOWELL 18211853
117
THOMAS BUCHANAN READ 18221872
127
JAMES MATHEWES LEGARE 18231859
133
CHARLES GODFREY LELAND 18241903
146
PHOEBE CARY 18241871
154
SARAH ORNE JEWETT 18491909
465
JAMES WHITCOMB RILEY 18491916
471
ELLA WHEELER WILCOX 18501919
479
ALBERY ALLSON WHITMAN 1851 1901
487
EDWIN MARKHAM 18521940
496
ERNEST FENOLLOSA 18531908
500
JAMES A BLAND 18541911
515
KATHARINE LEE BATES 18591929
522

BAYARD TAYLOR 18251878
163
STEPHEN FOSTER 18261864
172
ROBERT LOWRY 18261899
176
JOHN ROLLIN RIDGE 18271867
183
JOHN TOWNSEND TROWBRIDGE 18271916
191
HENRY TIMROD 18281867
201
PAUL HAMILTON HAYNE 18301886
220
HELEN HUNT JACKSON 18301885
222
The nearest Dream recedesunrealized
244
Mecome My dazzled face
257
The Heart asks Pleasurefirst
269
Painhas an Element of Blank
283
On a Columnar Self
292
To pile like Thunder to its close
305
BENJAMIN PAUL BLOOD 18321919
317
HENRY CLAY WORK 18321884
323
AUGUSTA COOPER BRISTOL 18351910
332
ADAH ISAACS MENKEN 1835?1868
335
SARAH MORGAN PIATT 18361919
349
FORCEYTHE WILLSON 18371867
362
JOAQUIN MILLER 18371913
369
ABRAM JOSEPH RYAN 18381886
377
JOHN HAY 18381905
381
JAMES RYDER RANDALL 18391908
390
EDWARD ROWLAND SILL 1841 1887
397
SIDNEY LANIER 18421881
403
AMBROSE BIERCE 18421914?
433
RICHARD WATSON GILDER 18441909
445
JOHN BANISTER TABB 18451909
451
HARRIET MONROE 18601936
529
EDITH WHARTON 18621937
535
JOHN JAY CHAPMAN 18621933
543
STUART MERRILL 18631915
556
MADISON CAWEIN 18651914
567
GELETT BURGESS 18661953
573
EDWIN ARLINGTON ROBINSON 18691935
586
STEPHEN CRANE 18711900
600
PAUL LAURENCE DUNBAR 18721906
610
POSEY 18731908
627
TRUMBULL STICKNEY 18741904
635
19THCENTURY VERSIONS OF AMERICAN INDIAN POETRY
661
Minnetare Songs Hidatsa
679
Songs and Chants Southern Paiute
685
from Sacred Songs of the Konkau
691
Chant from the Iroquois Book of Rites Onondaga
697
from The Mountain Chant Navajo
705
Pawnee WarSong
711
Incantations of Modoc Conjurers
718
A Rain Song of the Shuwi Chaian Snake Society
724
from The Hardening of the World and the First Settlement
726
Songs of the Kwakiutl Indians
735
Songs of Spirits Wintun
741
FOLK SONGS AND SPIRITUALS
757
Biographical Notes
869
EMMA LAZARUS 18491887
897
Index of Titles and First Lines
1019
Index of Poets
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John Hollander (1929-2013), editor, was a distinguished poet, critic, and teacher whose many collections included The Night Mirror (1971), Reflections on Espionage(1976), Spectral Emanations (1978), and Powers of Thirteen (1983). He was a MacArthur Fellow and was awarded the Bollingen Prize in 1983. He also edited two volumes in the Library of America's American Poets Project series: American Wits: An Anthology of Light Verse (2003) and Emma Lazarus: Selected Poems (2005).