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Famous Poems and the Little-Known Stories Behind Them
Famous Poems and the Little-Known Stories Behind Them Author:Edited by Ralph Woods The great and famous poems are distillations of human experience, torn from the events of the poet's life by his burning need to express his reactions and evaluate his experiences in universal terms. — This unique and rewarding collection is the first anthology to relate the experiences behind each poem, along with the poem itself. — Here is a who... more »le new world of beauty, feeling, and profundity for you to explore:
- The increased beauty of Elizabeth Barrett Browning's sonnets when her romantic adventure is revealed.
- The bitter strength of The Ballad of Reading Gaol in the light of Oscar Wilde's imprisonment.
- The fantasy of Kubla Khan, conceived in the opium dreams of Samuel Coleridge.
- The delightful, yet pointed whimsy of Lewis Carroll in Father William.
- And many, many more.
Here, also, are eleven great songs and exciting stories behind them. Songs like our national anthem, written by an American who proudly watched the star-spangled banner stay flying against the might of the British Empire.
This book is a labor of love by Ralph L. Wood, noted anthologist; the result of years of research, reading, interviewing and checking sources. Containing over one hundred and fifty magnificent poems and songs, and moving stories behind them, it is a lasting source of poetic inspiratin and a comprehensive reference work.« less