Grass of Parnassus

Hail, Poetry

My favorite book of poetry is Grass of Parnassus: An Anthology of Verse for Canadian Schools, Canadian Edition, edited by W.F. Langford (1946). Poets include Shakespeare, Lovelace, Milton, Scott, Keats, Browning, Longfellow, Tennyson. Dickinson, Kippling, MacDonald, McCrae; Raleigh, Pope, Blake, Burns, Wordsworth, Keats, Hardy, Carman, Yeats, de la Mare, Frost, Noyes; Gray, Byron, Shelley, Poe, Stevenson – to mention just a few with which you may be familiar. There are stories in verse, sonnets, free verse, and poems about love and friendship, animals and insects, time and eternity, nature and the seasons, portraits, complaints, the virtuous life, the wisdom of experience, ghosts and fairies, loyalty and love of country, dreams and visions, ships and the sea, God and man, joy and humour, and praise of famous men. A marvelous collection.



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