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Old 01-01-2013, 09:13 PM   #1
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Poetry Nominations • January 2013

Happy New Year Everyone! I hope 2013 will be a great year for our book club and for us all.

Help us select what the MR Literary Club will read for January 2013!

The nominations will run for three days until January 4. Then, a separate voting poll will begin where the month's selection will be decided.

Note - We have one slight change for 2013. We will no longer aim for a certain number of fully nominated works; rather, we will now only aim for a certain length of time for nominations (three days).


The category for this month is:

Poetry


In order for a work to be included in the poll it needs four nominations - the original nomination plus three supporting.

Each participant has four nominations to use. You can nominate a new work for consideration or you can support (second, third or fourth) a work that has already been nominated by another person.

To nominate a work just post a message with your nomination. If you are the first to nominate a work, it's always nice to provide an abstract to the work so others may consider their level of interest.


What is literature for the purposes of this club? A superior work of lasting merit that enriches the mind. Often it is important, challenging, critically acclaimed. It may be from ancient times to today; it may be from anywhere in the world; it may be obscure or famous, short or long; it may be a story, a novel, a play, a poem, an essay or another written form. If you are unsure if a work would be considered literature, just ask!


The floor is now open!

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Nominations through post 37:


War Poems by Siegfried Sassoon - Fully nominated
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In favour - paola, issybird, Bookpossum, Synamon


War poems by Siegfried Sassoon, which though may or may not be available in public domain, are available legally in various places, e.g. here

Sassoon's War Poems are available here at MR.


Andrew Marvell - Fully nominated
Spoiler:
In favour - issybird, paola, Bookpossum, fantasyfan


One of the pre-eminent 17th century English metaphysical poets. The Marvell poem everyone knows is "To His Coy Mistress."


From The Poetry Foundation:

In an era that makes a better claim than most upon the familiar term transitional, Andrew Marvell is surely the single most compelling embodiment of the change that came over English society and letters in the course of the seventeenth century. Author of a varied array of exquisite lyrics that blend Cavalier grace with Metaphysical wit and complexity, Marvell turned, first, into a panegyrist for the Lord Protector and his regime and then into an increasingly bitter satirist and polemicist, attacking the royal court and the established church in both prose and verse. It is as if the most delicate and elusive of butterflies somehow metamorphosed into a caterpillar.


Public domain.


An edition from the University of Adelaide:

http://ebooks.adelaide.edu.au

Their editions are usually good.


The Sonnets of Shakespeare - Fully nominated
Spoiler:
In favour - fantasyfan, Billi, Bookpossum, Hamlet53


They are profound, beautiful meditations on Love, Life, Time, Eternity Death and Mutability. They are available in several good free editions.


The Great Enigma: New Collected Poems by Tomas Tranströmer - Fully nominated
Spoiler:
In favour - Hamlet53, paola, sun surfer, dakini


This is a complete collection of the poetry of Tomas Tranströmer. Winner of the 2011 Nobel Prize for Literature, Tranströmer is a Swedish poet, psychologist and translator. His poems capture the long Swedish winters, the rhythm of the seasons and the palpable, atmospheric beauty of nature. Tranströmer's work is also characterized by a sense of mystery and wonder underlying the routine of everyday life, a quality which often gives his poems a religious dimension.

This is available as an ebook from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo Books.

Can be bought for 40% off at Kobo with coupon code vouchercodes40 .


The Inferno by Dante - Fully nominated
Spoiler:
In favour - issybird, Bookworm_Girl, paola, dakini


Various translations, some public domain. Or not in translation.


Faust by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe - Fully nominated
Spoiler:
In favour - Hamlet53, issybird, Billi, sun surfer


There is a nice version in English translation here at MR LRF file.


Lyrical Ballads, with a Few Other Poems by William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge - Fully nominated
Spoiler:
In favour - fantasyfan, Billi, sun surfer, Bookpossum


(1798)

This was the great trailblazing poetry anthology that ushered in the Romantic Literary movement in England and initiated what some regard as the greatest explosion of great poetry in the language. It includes Coleridge's justly famous "Rime of the Ancient Mariner" and Wordsworth's profound "Lines Written a few miles above Tintern Abbey"--both remarkable masterpieces.

It is available free from Project Gutenberg.


Selected Poems of Sylvia Plath - 3
Spoiler:
In favour - Synamon, sun surfer, medard


Amazon/Kobo

Can probably use the current 40% off coupon at Kobo, since it's not an agency publisher.

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Old 01-02-2013, 08:04 AM   #2
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I nominate The Great Enigma: New Collected Poems by Tomas Tranströmer (English translation).

This is a complete collection of the poetry of Tomas Tranströmer. Winner of the 2011 Nobel Prize for Literature, Tranströmer is a Swedish poet, psychologist and translator. His poems capture the long Swedish winters, the rhythm of the seasons and the palpable, atmospheric beauty of nature. Tranströmer's work is also characterized by a sense of mystery and wonder underlying the routine of everyday life, a quality which often gives his poems a religious dimension. Tranströmer even recently had a newly discovered species of beetle named after him, Mordellistena transtroemeriana.





This is available as an ebook from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo Books.
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Old 01-02-2013, 08:58 AM   #3
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I'm going to nominate Andrew Marvell, one of the pre-eminent 17th century English metaphysical poets. The Marvell poem everyone knows is "To His Coy Mistress."

From The Poetry Foundation:

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In an era that makes a better claim than most upon the familiar term transitional, Andrew Marvell is surely the single most compelling embodiment of the change that came over English society and letters in the course of the seventeenth century. Author of a varied array of exquisite lyrics that blend Cavalier grace with Metaphysical wit and complexity, Marvell turned, first, into a panegyrist for the Lord Protector and his regime and then into an increasingly bitter satirist and polemicist, attacking the royal court and the established church in both prose and verse. It is as if the most delicate and elusive of butterflies somehow metamorphosed into a caterpillar.
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Old 01-02-2013, 01:15 PM   #4
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Note - We have one slight change for 2013. We will no longer aim for a certain number of fully nominated works; rather, we will now only aim for a certain length of time for nominations (three days).
three days will fly! I was hitching to nominate nominate War poems by Siegfried Sassoon, which though not in the public domain (I think, I am not sure) are available legally in various places, e.g. here. Now for more thinking...
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Old 01-02-2013, 02:15 PM   #5
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Second Sassoon!
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Old 01-02-2013, 03:02 PM   #6
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sadly not in the UK, but I have two translations by Fulton in my library, so if this one goes I think I may go with those collections - in short, I second Tranströmer.

I've also just lessened my deep ignorance of British poetry by going over "To his coy mistress", and I think I've a lot to learn, so second Marvell as well!
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Old 01-02-2013, 07:03 PM   #7
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I would like to third Andrew Marvell and Siegfried Sassoon.
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Old 01-02-2013, 07:53 PM   #8
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Just as an FYI:

Sassoon's War Poems are available here at MR.

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The Tranströmer work can be bought for 40% off at Kobo with coupon code vouchercodes40 .
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Old 01-02-2013, 08:21 PM   #9
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I'll third Transformers. Er, I mean Tranströmer. Atmospheric beauty, nature, mystery and wonder are intriguing adjectives.
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Thanks, issybird - that's a good-looking edition. So often poetry seems to try to turn itself back into prose, at least in various e-book editions I have looked at.

Edit: Just realised I shouldn't have downloaded this because of our mad copyright rules - dang! Oh well, no problem as I have his poems in paper.

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We'd need a good edition of Andrew Marvell's poems then. Is there any available? I only found an online collection.
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I nominate The Sonnets of Shakespeare. They are profound, beautiful meditations on Love, Life, Time, Eternity Death and Mutability. They are available in several good free editions.
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I second the The Sonnets of Shakespeare. This may not be the most original nomination but I must admit that I haven't read them yet and this would be a good occasion to fill this gap.
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