The Old Road to Paradise: Poems (Classic Reprint)



The Old Road to Paradise: Poems (Classic Reprint) Excerpt From The Old Road To Paradise PoemsWomenfolk Women Embroidery Tea Dream Death Toys Mother Prayer Three Studies For A Portrait T O A Young Girl AT A Window A Lost Comrade Departure Discovery Woman Lore The Unfound CityAbout The PublisherForgotten Books Publishes Hundreds Of Thousands Of Rare And Classic Books Find At ForgottenbooksThis Book Is A Reproduction Of An Important Historical Work Forgotten Books Uses State Of The Art Technology To Digitally Reconstruct The Work, Preserving The Original Format Whilst Repairing Imperfections Present In The Aged Copy In Rare Cases, An Imperfection In The Original, Such As A Blemish Or Missing Page, May Be Replicated In Our Edition We Do, However, Repair The Vast Majority Of Imperfections Successfully Any Imperfections That Remain Are Intentionally Left To Preserve The State Of Such Historical Works

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  1. says:

    This book shared the 1919 Pulitzer Columbia prize in poetry with Carl Sandberg s Cornhuskers Widdemer seems pretty well forgotten, despite that award These poems fairly often tripped me up metrically and I m a rhymester but I d be interested to spendtime with some of them to see if the variations add to the meaning on first read I didn t usually think so, but sometimes thought they might Her fantastical, imaginative descriptions of the natural world locate most of the nature p This book shared the 1919 Pulitzer Columbia prize in poetry with Carl Sandberg s Cornhuskers Widdemer seems pretty well forgotten, despite that award These poems fairly often tripped me up metrically and I m a rhymester but I d be interested to spendtime with some of them to see if the variations add to the meaning on first read I didn t usually think so, but sometimes thought they might Her fantastical, imaginative descriptions of the natural world locate most of the nature poemsin the mind than on Earth Most of these poems exist in relationships between people, often in the distance between reality and memory or fantasy Many of these poems are from an explicitly female perspective Some are dedicated to other people, including one to Amy Lowell and one to Jessie Rittenhouse a Columbia poetry prize judge I ll research if that s cheating I think there could be a lot to discover with deeper reading here, but many of the poems didn t grab me, so whether I ll return to analyzeis to be seen

  2. says:

    Conventional, rhyming poetry, very much of its time Most of it is rather forgettable, if pleasant enough, but her war poems struck a chord and are well worth reading.

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    Margaret Widdemer September 30, 1884 July 14, 1978 in 1919 was the second recipient of a Pulitzer Prize for poetry for her collection titled The Old Road to Paradise It was an honor which she shared with Carl Sandburg s Cornhuskers As with the previous award in 1918, the award itself was made possible by a grant from The Poetry Society The collection is arranged in seven sections titled The Old Road to Paradise , The Singing Wood , Being Young , Womenfolk , People , Wistfulness Margaret Widdemer September 30, 1884 July 14, 1978 in 1919 was the second recipient of a Pulitzer Prize for poetry for her collection titled The Old Road to Paradise It was an honor which she shared with Carl Sandburg s Cornhuskers As with the previous award in 1918, the award itself was made possible by a grant from The Poetry Society The collection is arranged in seven sections titled The Old Road to Paradise , The Singing Wood , Being Young , Womenfolk , People , Wistfulness , and Love Songs The Old Road to Paradise section deals with religious themes, and Margaret draws on Jeanne d Arc several times in these poems which seem to contrast faith and war to a great degree, nor should this be surprising considering that this was the period of the first World War and one can still hear the echoes of the war in poems like Next Year , Good By, My Lover , and Poem for a Picture The Singing Wood moves away from the Christian images of the first section and into mythology The Gray Magician makes me wonder if Tolkien borrowed from Widdemer, given her use of the term Middle Earth and of course the term Gray Magician itself reminds one of Gandolf Widdemer also looks to Rome and Greece for her imagery in this section, as well as creating her own images such as in Dream House Being Young not surprisingly focuses on the joys of youth as well as some of the sorrows The feeling one got hearing a train in the distance at night in Whistle Fantasy , the anticipation of getting a Valentine along with the fear of not getting one in Once When We Bought Valentines There is also the yearning to be older which she artfully discusses in Song I Wish I Were Old Now Womenfolk puts a female perspective on things with poems like Tea , Mother Prayer , and Discovery , which is short enough to include here Within my mirror I could seeLast night as I gazed steadfastlyAn old strange thing look out at me The smile my grandame used to wear Line on proud line it faced me there .I had not known it meant Despair People includes poems where she is looking at others, and so they are not so connected with her This includes poems like In An Office Building , and A Boy of the Ghetto Wistfulness describes very well the poems in its section Poems like Prescience , and Once I Met Happiness are among my favorites from this section.The last section is also the longest section, and that is Love Songs There is a beautiful simplicity to poems like Denial , and Other People , and one s heart aches for the writer in a poem such as And If You Came , and perhaps the saddest of poems is Wise People which is again short enough to include I think that we are very strong and wise, Mocking at love and at the grief thereafter, .For sometimes I forget him in your eyes And sometimes you forget her in my laughter I was not familiar at all with Margaret Widdemer before reading this collection, but I came away with an appreciation for her I think perhaps the poems which reference the War probably had an impact on this work being chosen at the time, but even without that this is a very strong collection of poems It will be interesting to look closely at Sandburg s Cornhuskers to see how it compares

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    The Old Road to Paradise is, somewhat incredibly, a Pulitzer Prize winning poetry collection from a writer who was a friend of the likes of F Scott Fitzgerald, T S Eliot and Ezra Pound though clearly not any kind of peer on this pleasing enough but entirely conventional evidence The ten poems banded under the same title as the overall collection touch on the Great War, evoking the celestial armies of Charlemagne and Joan of Arc while offering prayers to God to stop the fighting The Pulitz The Old Road to Paradise is, somewhat incredibly, a Pulitzer Prize winning poetry collection from a writer who was a friend of the likes of F Scott Fitzgerald, T S Eliot and Ezra Pound though clearly not any kind of peer on this pleasing enough but entirely conventional evidence The ten poems banded under the same title as the overall collection touch on the Great War, evoking the celestial armies of Charlemagne and Joan of Arc while offering prayers to God to stop the fighting The Pulitzer panel must have noticed a tour de force that a modern reader would find hard to locate amongst the simple rhyming schemes and equally simple sentiments.The subsequent sub set of poems plunder the paganism of Greece and the land of Fairy for their imagery, such as this verse from The Singing Wood Once I met a satyr, Once I was with a faun,Once I spoke with a woman o doom Spinning from dusk till dawn,Once I followed a will o the wisp Dancing along the fen .Never the sun in the Singing Wood Never a bird loud glen None of these poems are outstanding by any means, but they have a wistful charm to them that makes me wonder if this was the kind of thing Widdemer was naturallyat home with.Poems gathered under the heading Womanfolk cover many female concerns, from different aspects of the mothering instinct Mother Prayer , Woman Lore through to the effects of aging and the loss of youth Departure , such as those moments when you see the lines of your forbears in your own face Discovery and finally death itself The Dark Cavalier.The rhymes again have elementary schemes, but the meters are sometimessophisticated, like the unresolved quatrains included in ToysShe loves the flowers, the wind that bends the fir When the Spring comes she dances and her mirthComes always when the water laughs to her.She holds the little daily sweets of earth After that the rest of the collection largely comes from a selection of Love Songs , all short and again covering a range of emotions.Agreeable enough, but difficult to get too excited about alongside the Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock

  5. says:

    Very simple poetry Pretty straight forward Some of it is about friends going off to war and the author having to grow up Some prayers Some memories of lost loves.

  6. says:

    lyrical and sweet that you read for music, joy and smiles of knowing.

  7. says:

    There were some good quotes to be found among the lines in this book

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