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THE POETRY OF LIVING TIME - An Anthology of Verse from Sappho to the Present

Poetic works by 26 authors from Sappho to Shakespeare, Coleridge to Plath. The themes and topics of the selections for 'The Poetry of Living Time' are introduced in the essay 'Shakespeare Lives: a Prefatory Postlude' by modern poet Edouard d'Araille. This essay by modern poet Edouard d'Araille ('Words Can't Hold...', 'Love Immortal', 'Ground Zero') investigates the nature of art and poetry and in particular the relation of the latter to time. Though a consideration of the thoughts of numerous poets and writers Edouard d'Araille explores what it could be that makes poetry artistic and how it is that the way time is represented in poetry is of significance. He begins with the reflections of Rupert Brooke and John Keats on poetry and extends his discussion to embrace the views of a dozen major poetic authors. The essay is both theoretical and emotional in scope, and though it does not aim to lay down a 'theory of poetry' it does indicate some valuable lines of exploration in the understanding of what makes poetry work, what makes poetry move us, and what makes poetry cause us to reflect on our lives and time in a different way than normal.

"We call one the past, and we call another the future, but both are alike the present. It is not the past though we call it so, - nor the future, though we call it so. All the while it is the present only - both future and past are the present only."  Walt Whitman

The Authors: Only by reading the opening essay 'The Poetry of Living Time' is it possible to understand the way in which the themes of Art, Emotion and Time unite the verse in this selection. Beyond, perhaps the most valuable information to the prospective reader of this volume is to know who are all of the contributors to the present anthology. There are thirty-six of them, all listed below :
Sappho (7th Century B.C.) / 'Ecclesiastes' (2nd Century B.C.) / Horace (65 - 8 B.C.) / Dante Alighieri (1265 - 1321) / Christopher Marlowe (1564 - 1593) / Shakespeare (1564 - 1616) / Ben Jonson (1572 - 1637) / James Thomson (1700 - 1748) / J.W. von Goethe (1749 - 1832) / William Blake (1757 - 1827) / Friedrich Schiller (1759 - 1805) / Johann Hölderlin (1770 - 1843) / Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834) / John Keats (1795-1821) / Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792 - 1822) / Giacomo Leopardi (1798 - 1837) / E. Barrett-Browning (1806 - 1861) / Alfred Lord Tennyson (1809 - 1892) / Edgar Allan Poe (1809 - 1849) / Robert Browning (1812 - 1889) / Walt Whitman (1819 - 1892) / James Thomson (1834 - 1882) / Edward Carpenter (1844 - 1911) / Arthur Rimbaud (1854 – 1891) / A.E. Housman (1859 - 1936) / W.B. Yeats (1865 - 1939) / Robert Frost (1874 - 1963) / Kahlil Gibran (1883 - 1931) / T.S. Eliot (1888 - 1965) / Jack Sharratt (1926 - ) / Adonis (1930 - ) /Sylvia Plath (1832 - 1963) / Soma Amritah (1970 - 2000) / Edouard d'Araille (1972 - ) / Jonathon Cronin (1977 - ) / (C.Day Lewis - Citation)

Features of this Volume: The Essay 'The Poetry of Living Time' [or, "Shakespeare Lives : a Prefatory Postlude"] explaining the thematic thread of the book; Publisher's Note (about how this book was conceived and created); Black & White Images/Motifs decorating the book throughout; the Original 'Living Time' cover from 2002.

An Extract:
Ecclesiastes (2nd Century B.C.)
'Poet of Passing Time - The Seasons'

To everything there is a season,
And a time to every purpose under the heaven :
A time to be born, and a time to die;
A time to plant, and a time to pluck up
that which is planted;
A time to kill, and a time to heal;
A time to break down, and a time to build up;
A time to weep, and a time to laugh;
A time to mourn, and a time to dance;
A time to cast away stones,
and a time to gather stones together;
A time to embrace,
and a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to seek, and a time to lose;
A time to keep, and a time to cast away;
A time to rend, and a time to sew;
A time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
A time to love, and a time to hate;
A time for war, and a time for peace.

- This is truly a unique book of poetry that makes one reflect on the nature of art and writing. It is not about 'famous poets' but the poetry that has been chosen has been selected so as to illustrate the points made in the opening essay about the varying representations of time through poetry. and this works very well.

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