Category Archives: Poetry

Queen Mab, by Percy Bysshe Shelley

Preface: I really, really suck at reading poetry. And I mean REALLY. As in, 90% of the time, I can’t understand a word I read. Several years ago, I started a project to try to improve my poetry-reading skills, and … Continue reading

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Protected: Conditions, by Greg Schroeder

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Don Juan, by Lord Byron

This epic poem is a retelling of the legend of Don Juan. Don Juan is normally seen as a scoundrel and womanizer, but in Byron’s retelling, he is instead just a beautiful young man easily seduced by women. The poem … Continue reading

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Collected Children’s Stories, by Sylvia Plath

I took a quick break from reading Maugham’s short stories (since there are about 90 of them!) to read this quick collection. It only consists of three stories, one of which I read last year. It’s a cute collection, with … Continue reading

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The Inferno, by Dante Alighieri

The Inferno is the first in a trio of epic poems where Dante is led through Hell, Purgatory, and Heaven. Virgil, the classical Roman poet, leads him through Hell, where Dante sees all the different ways that sinners are punished … Continue reading

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Aurora Leigh, by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Note: This review will contain spoilers both for this book and for Jane Eyre. This epic poem tells the life of Aurora Leigh, whose parents died in her childhood and who was raised by her aunt. She is romantically pursued … Continue reading

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If Not, Winter, by Sappho

If Not, Winter is a collection of all the fragments of poetry that remain from Sappho’s great body of work. Sappho was a singer and songwriter on the island of Lesbos, a woman who explored love with both men and … Continue reading

Posted in 2010, Adult, Poetry | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment

The Prophet, by Kahlil Gibran (audio)

The Prophet is Lebanese classic poetry. You guys all know how difficult poetry is for me! However, I decided to try it out anyway. My first surprise was realizing that this was originally written in English and not in Arabic … Continue reading

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Sonnets from the Portuguese, by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Hurrah! I have found poetry that spoke to me, poetry that I understood, poetry that I enjoyed! Loved, in fact. Elizabeth Barrett Browning, you wonderful poet! You have proved that my search for poetry that I can connect with was … Continue reading

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19 Varieties of Gazelle, by Naomi Shihab Nye

This small book of poetry is subtitled “Poems of the Middle East.” I first got interested in reading some of Nye’s poetry when I saw her at a poetry reading last year. I finally got this book around Christmas. Once … Continue reading

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