Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Light Gathering Poems Edited by Liz Rosenberg

Beautiful selections from Dickinson, Frost, Rumi, Hughes, and other well-known (and some lesser-known) poets are compiled to extract thoughts of love, family, hope, nature from one's mind. I enjoyed Rosenberg's anthology and also the way that the poems were organized in the book. As with poetry, you don't have to read them in order but when you can they can create a unique feel that is present as a compilation all on their own.

A few of my favorite poems in this book include: Sonnet # 43 by Elizabeth Barrett Browning, She Walks in Beauty by Lord Byron, Blue Butterfly Day by Robert Frost, To Jane by Percy Bysshe Shelley

"How do I love thee? Let me count the ways" - Elizabeth Barrett Browning

"She walks in beauty, like the night

Of cloudless climes and starry skies;

And all that's best of dark and bright

Meet in her aspect and her eyes

—Lord Byron

Shelley's great line, "If Winter comes, can Spring be far behind? "

Other poets featured included Langston Hughes, Jane Kenyon, Rainer Maria Rilke, Christina Rossetti, Rumi, and Ruth Stone.

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