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Ode to a Quiz – Voting Closed

Welcome to Round 2 of this year’s Tuesday Quizzes!  April is National Poetry month so this week’s quiz is about matching these famous poets to their most famous work.  Each one is worth 6.5 points.  You have until noon Friday to submit your answers.  Same prize as last time.

No cheating.  No googling or looking at other commenter answers.  Yes, we’re going by the honor system 🙂   Your first answers will be the only ones accepted.  Play every week or just one time, you are always welcome   It only takes once to be eligible for a prize.

 In case you missed the post about last quarter’s winner click here.

1.Elizabeth Barrett Browning     E. How Do I Love Thee?

2. Lord Byron    C. Don Juan 

3. Geoffrey Chaucer   L. The Canterbury Tales

4. Dante Alighieri      F. The Divine Comedy

5. Emily Dickinson       J. Because I Could Not Stop For Death

6. TS Eliot    I. The Waste Land

7. Robert Frost     A. The Road Not Taken 

8. Homer    B. The Iliad, The Odyssey

9. John Keats     M. Ode to a Nightingale

10. John Milton    H. Paradise Lost 

11. Sylvia Plath    N. Ariel 

12. Edgar Allan Poe     G. The Raven 

13. Alfred Tennyson   P. In Memoriam 

14. Virgil   O. The Aeneid 

15. Walt Whitman    D. Song of Myself   

16. William Butler Yeats    K. Sailing to Byzantium

April 5, 2011 Posted by | Quizzes | , | 32 Comments

Book Giveaway – Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman

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Today’s free book is a like-new mass market of Leaves of Grass.  Here’s the synopsis of this classic-

Whitman is today regarded as America’s Homer or Dante, and his work the touchstone for literary originality in the New World. In Leaves of Grass, he abandoned the rules of traditional poetry – breaking the standard metered line, discarding the obligatory rhyming scheme, and using the vernacular. Emily Dickinson condemned his sexual and physiological allusions as ‘disgraceful’, but Emerson saw the book as the ‘most extraordinary piece of wit and wisdom that America has yet contributed’. A century later it is his judgment of this autobiographical vision of the vigor of the American nation that has proved the more enduring.

To enter to win leave a comment with your email address. 

To earn one extra entry you can post this on Twitter or post it on your blog.  Leave me a separate comment telling me you did.

Open internationally.  Winner will be picked on October 11th.

October 6, 2009 Posted by | FREE | , , , , | 25 Comments

Free Books for June 09

Leave a comment, tell me which book you want and I’ll get the book to you for FREE either by mail or personally if I’ll see you soon.  The first one to request each book wins.  Once you’ve ‘won’ the book I can get your shipping address if I need it.  Also, you can come back and get a free book every month if you want. These have all been read a few times, unless stated otherwise.

1. Renascence & Other Poems by Edna St. Vincent Millay– This is a BRAND NEW hardcover for you poetry lovers.  – for Guatami

2. 2009 Frommer’s Portable Puerto Vallarta, Manzanillo & Guadalajara – This is just like new, except that pages 86 & 87 is missing.  Would be helpful for anyone planning a trip to the area now or in the future.  for Dino

3. Family Man by Jayne Ann Krentz – paperback that has been read quite a few times.  Need a romance  good for the vacation?  This is for you because you can’t hurt it 🙂 – for Violet

4. The Poet by Michael Connelly – Paperback that has been read a few times.  Also great for vacation reading.  – for Bridget

As always, happy reading!

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June 2, 2009 Posted by | FREE | , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Yesterday I Saw the Sun, by Ally Sheedy

Yesterday I Saw the Sun: Poems by Ally SheedyFinished 5-22-09, rating 3/5, poetry, pub. 1991

Yesterday I saw the sun.  Something in my head had cleared

And I realized there was one.

And I stopped in its Light

From somewhere in the bushes I was hearing heaving sight

And realizing they came from me

I took a breath

and closed my eyes.

I breathed in the River

Breathed the trees

Breathed all around the sky

and in the wind I breathed my God

Who had not let me die.

from the poem There’s Been a Slight Mistake- Rehab 3 a.m.

I grew up watching The Breakfast Club more times than I could possibly count, so I guess you could say I am an Ally Sheedy fan.  And I found this used autographed hardcover at a bookstore and had to have it.  I love autographed books even if I’m not a huge poetry fan.  I don’t know why I feel the need to explain why I have the book.  But moving on…

This is Sheedy’s second book of poetry (her first was She Was Nice To Mice published when she was 12) and it pulls no punches in its honesty.  The topics range from bulimia, addiction, abuse, to abortion.  The writing is raw and it reaches out and grabs you, makes you pay attention.  I didn’t love them all, but most really did touch a nerve and I think could touch many teens today with such an honest look at growing up and its pitfalls.

If you are a frequent poetry reader, this may not be the book for you.  Do you remember the poetry you wrote in high school?  This is it.  I believe her own words describe this book better that I can.

I hate profound poems and

complicated imagery.

Everything about me is quick and salty and easily digested.

Very simple.

from the poem  Junk Food.  Or I Am Not A Corn Chip

If you are a fan, pick it up.  If you have a teen or young adult with a few of these issues they may get something from this book.

May 23, 2009 Posted by | 3 Star Books | , , | 1 Comment