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AN ANTHOLOGY FROM the writer OF STONER

Poetry in English as we all know it used to be mostly invented in England among the early 1500s and 1630, and but for a few years the poetry of the period was once thought of little greater than a run-up to Shakespeare. the 20th century introduced a reevaluation, and the English Renaissance has due to the fact that emerge as well-known because the interval of amazing poetic experimentation that it used to be. by no means given that have the chances of poetic shape and, specially, poetic voice--from the chic to the scandalous and slangy--been so numerous and welcoming. this can be poetry that speaks without delay around the centuries to the renaissance of poetic exploration in our personal time.

John Williams's celebrated anthology contains not just one of the most recognized poems by way of one of the most well-known poets of the English language (Sir Thomas Wyatt, John Donne, and after all Shakespeare) yet also--and this is often what makes Williams's ebook any such infrequent and wealthy resource--the strikingly unique paintings of little-known masters like George Gascoigne and Fulke Greville.

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Chi l d of the ki ngdom of Light it's to us She comes; A faultl ess g i rl arrayed in Her l ustrous robes, Lady who oversees our earthly goods, o Dawn, 0 l ucid Portent, shine on us now. , I. N. Misra. I.. Nalhan and S f'ulsyavan ***** Rig Veda . 1 2 Hymn of Creation not non-existent nor existent: there was no realm of air, no sky beyond it. W hat covered in, and where? and what gave shelter? Was water there, un fathomed depth of water? Then was not then, nor was the re aught immortal : no s i gn was there, the day ' s and night s divid e r That o ne thi ng, breathless, breathed by its own nature: apart from it was nothi ng what s oev er Death was ' .

Y our are my Mother. I am Your chi ld. , M other, g i ve me that fragra n ce You Yourself make, The perfume that comes from green gro w i n g thi n gs, fro m wa te rs The same that heavenly players and dancers desire. Annoint me with it, so none may wish me hurt. , Atharva Veda . 1 5 Your very same fragrance that fi l ls up the lotus pool, The perfume You had as gift at the marriage arranged For Dawn by the Gods, the very first perfume of al l : Anoint m e with it, s o none may wish m e hurt. You who uphold the men who, though mortal , Are singing and dancing together i n exultation, And uphold the men who, mortal, go out to k i l l With furious shouts and the wai l o f trumpets at war: o may You, Mother, drive my opponents away, And make me a man without a rival in al l the world.

32 A . L. Basham ***** 8 • A Treasury of Sanskrit Poetry 8 A rany ani : Forest Spirit Lad y o f the Forest ! Lady of the Forest! who see m to vanish from sight i n the distance, why do you never come to the v i l l age? s u r ely you are not afrai d of men ! When the grasshopper repl i es to the d istant lowi ng of catt le, as t h o ug h to the sound of t i n k l i n g bells the Lady of the Forest m akes m erry . Somet i m es y o u c atc h a gl i m p s e of h e r and think i t i s catt l e g raz i n g or a hOLJse, far away , a n d at e ve n i n g you hear the L ad y of the Forest l i ke the d i stant sound of m o v i n g w a gon s .

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