Aimless Love: New and Selected Poems by Billy Collins

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From the two-term Poet Laureate of the U.S. Billy Collins comes his first quantity of latest and chosen poems in twelve years. Aimless Love combines fifty new poems with beneficiant choices from his 4 latest books—Nine Horses, the difficulty with Poetry, Ballistics, and Horoscopes for the lifeless. Collins’s unmistakable voice, which brings jointly undeniable speech with imaginitive shock, is obviously heard on each web page, reminding us how he has controlled to counterpoint the tapestry of up to date poetry and significantly extend its viewers. His paintings is featured in most sensible literary magazines akin to the hot Yorker, Poetry, and The Atlantic, and he sells out analyzing venues all around the kingdom. showing on a regular basis within the top American Poetry sequence, his poems attract readers and stay audiences in every single place and feature been translated into greater than a dozen languages. through turns playful, ironic, and severe, Collins’s poetry captures the nuances of way of life whereas best the reader into zones of encouraged ask yourself. within the poet’s personal phrases, he hopes that his poems “begin in Kansas and lead to Oz.” pertaining to the topics of affection, loss, pleasure, and poetry itself, those poems show off the simplest paintings of this “poet of plenitude, irony, and Augustan grace” (The New Yorker).

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Jordan, p. I l l ) Wordsworth's knowledge of the distinctiveness of limestone landscape is evinced in his Guide as well as in poems of later years, such as 'To Lycoris (To the Same)' published in the collection of 1820 along with the River Duddon sonnets. Studies of Wordsworth's understanding of contemporary geological theory (such as Cannon, 1964, Dean, 1968 and Wyatt, 1995) show that the poet had some knowledge and a degree of interest in contemporary scientific matters relating to land forms.

As Wordsworth prepared his own Guide to the Lake District in 1810, he turned to Thomas West's Guide of 1780. West's comments on Yordas Cave (one of Westall's engravings) is typical of picturesque language: 'Having never been in a cave before, a thousand ideas were excited in my imagination on my entrance into this gloomy cavern, which had been for many years dormant' (Ousby, 1990, p. 244). The stimulus is not wholly external; classical influences add powerfully to the sensation. West quotes Ovid and Virgil.

They stood somewhere between gentlemen and skilled artisans. Westall's major contribution to geographical exploration was from 1800 to 1803, accompanying Captain Matthew Flinders on a journey of exploration round the previously unexplored north-east coast of Australia. A shipwreck left the crew stranded for some months, but Westall's sketches and illustrations of natural history and landscapes were undamaged. More were added to the collection during a long and leisurely return to England via the Chinese coast, India and the Cape of Good Hope.

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