The Dover Anthology of Bird Poetry

The Dover Anthology of Bird Poetry

The Dover Anthology of Bird Poetry

The Dover Anthology of Bird Poetry


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Poets have long treated birds as a captivating source of inspiration as metaphors, references, and symbols of death, eternity, life, love, power, religious beliefs, and superstitions. Others have used different types of birds to express their thoughts and emotions. This volume highlights these remarkable creatures as they take flight from the Elizabethan era through the twentieth century. Selections from classic to contemporary authors include poems by William Blake, Emily Dickinson, John Keats, Herman Melville, Edgar Allan Poe, Wallace Stevens, William Carlos Williams, William Butler Yeats, and others. This anthology is ideal for classroom use, independent study, and personal perusal.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780486849287
Publisher: Dover Publications
Publication date: 05/15/2024
Series: Dover Thrift Editions: Poetry
Pages: 112
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents


William Blake
The Blossoms 
The Fairy 
Thel’s Motto 
Thou hearest the Nightingale begin the Song of Spring 

Anne Brontë
The Captive Dove 

William Cullen Bryant
To a Waterfowl 

Robert Burns
Address to the Woodlark 

Lewis Carroll
Little Birds 

John Clare
The Nightingale’s Nest 
The Skylark

Samuel Taylor Coleridge
The Nightingale 

Olive Custance (Lady Alfred Douglas)
Peacocks: A Mood 

Walter de la Mare
The Dove 

Emily Dickinson
In the Garden 
The saddest noise, the sweetest noise 
A train went through a burial gate 
Within my Garden, rides a Bird 

Ralph Waldo Emerson
Each and All 

John Gould Fletcher
The Swan 

Robert Frost
The Need of Being Versed in Country Things 
The Oven Bird 
Thomas Hardy
The Darkling Thrush 
The Selfsame Song 

William Ernest Henley
The Blackbird 

George Herbert
Grieve Not the Holy Spirit 
Man’s Medley 

Gerard Manley Hopkins
The Windhover

John Keats
Ode to a Nightingale 
What the Thrush Said 

Charles Lamb
On the Sight of Swans in Kensington Garden 

D. H. Lawrence

Edward Lear
O Brother Chicken! Sister Chick! 
The Pelican Chorus 
Turkey Discipline 

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
The Birds of Killingworth 
The Day is Done 
The Emperor’s Bird’s-Nest 

Mina Loy
Brancusi’s Golden Bird 

Herman Melville
The Man-of-War Hawk 

George Meredith
The Lark Ascending 

John Milton
To the Nightingale

Edgar Allan Poe
The Raven 

Thomas Ravenscroft
The Three Ravens 

William Shakespeare
The Phoenix and the Turtle 

Wallace Stevens
Bantams in Pine-Woods 
Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird 

Alfred, Lord Tennyson
The Eagle

Henry David Thoreau
The Shrike 

Henry Vaughan
The Bird 

Walt Whitman
The Dalliance of the Eagles 
My Canary Bird 
To the Man-of-War-Bird 

William Carlos Williams

William Wordsworth
The Contrast—The Parrot and the Wren 

William Butler Yeats
His Phoenix
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