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The Rattle Bag An Anthology of Poetry

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The Rattle Bag is an anthology of poetry mostly in English but occasionally in translation for general readers and students of all ages and backgrounds These poems have been selected by the simple yet telling criteria that they are the personal favorites of the editors themselves two of contemporary literature's leading poets Moreover Heaney and Hughes have elected to list their favorites not by theme or by author. This collection of poetry edited by Seamus Heaney and Ted Hughes is the perfect addition to any poetry shelf Having made my way cover to cover I will now find joy in taking The Rattle Bag off the shelf opening to a random page and enjoying the words I find thereSeamus Heaney on the title the volume was too abundant too frolicsome and too unruly to go by the rather headmasterly title in the contract so all of a sudden Ted suggested we call it by the name of a strange roguish poem translated from the Welsh of Dafydd ap Gwilym It's about an instrument that sounds like an implement a raucous distracting shake rattle and roll affair that disturbs the poet and his lover while they lie together in the greenwood In the words of the translator Joseph Clancy it becomes a noisy pouch perched on a pole a bell of pebbles and gravel a blare a bloody nuisance We were wanting to serve notice that the anthology was a wake up call an attempt to bring poetry and younger people to their senses What we hoped to do was to shake the rattle and awaken the sleeping inner poet in every reader

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But simply by title or by first line when no title is given As they explain in their Introduction We hope that our decision to impose an arbitrary alphabetical order allows the contents of this book to discover themselves as we ourselves gradually discovered them each poem full of its singular appeal transmitting its own signals taking its chances in a big voluble world With undisputed masterpieces and rare disco. A collection of poems curated by Seamus Heaney and Ted Hughes for kiddos Some old favorites and for them to be favorites for me you know they're old some new to me delights and a fair few that didn't really resonate with me A mixed rattle bag as it were Frugal Innovation decision to impose an arbitrary alphabetical order allows the contents of this book to American Presidents, Deportations, and Human Rights Violations discover themselves as we ourselves gradually Rediscovering Our Galaxy (Iau S334) discovered them each poem full of its singular appeal transmitting its own signals taking its chances in a big voluble world With undisputed masterpieces and rare When Movements Become Parties disco. A collection of poems curated by Seamus Heaney and Ted Hughes for kiddos Some old favorites and for them to be favorites for me you know they're old some new to me Gekka Mugentan, Vol. 6 delights and a fair few that Illegal Affairs didn't really resonate with me A mixed rattle bag as it were

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Veries with both classics and surprises galore The Rattle Bag includes the work of such key poets as William Shakespeare Walt Whitman Emily Dickinson Lewis Carroll Dylan Thomas Wallace Stevens Elizabeth Bishop and Sylvia Plath among its hundreds of poems A helpful Glossary as well as an Index of Poets and Works are offered at the conclusion of this hefty unorthodox diverse inspired and inspiring collection of poet. Another fine collection of poems I have been slowly working my way through these past few years The Rattle Bag is the perfect collection for anyone hoping to get back into reading poetry The collection an expansive collection of classical and modern poetry really does offer nearly all poetry has to offer and I am sure others will find as I did that there are a number of poems which you will find yourself returning time and again as well as new poets whose work you will seek outgood luck with that all but the classics poetry volumes are generally small print runs and therefore prohibitively expensive The collectionedited with serious credentials by Ted Hughes and Seamus Heaney is organised alphabetically by title which while initially seeming a strange choice works really well as it avoids the pitfalls of arranging by author or subject both of which can get tiresome It also works because it means you will find a new poem addressing a new subject matter on each pagesometimes two to a page meaning it doesn't allow you to lapse into lazy reading the juxtaposing of some poems offering even greater insight into a subject matter The collection is clearly a passion project for the editors and designed not with academia in mind but to act as a reinvigoration of a lost art That it was first published in 1982 and I still in print over 30 years later speaks to the success of their goals that it is not widely read and not in every school classroom speaks of its failings Poetry sadly is taught in a way that does not offer the vast majority a way into a poem I mean the works of Milton might be fantastic to some but sadly they will fall on deaf ears to the majority By choosing one or two poets and flogging them to death across the school curriculum we do both the poets and the students a disservice Some might say poetry has had its day and that it is a uaint medium of days past given its redundancy by new and exciting forms of expression but poetry in a way is our most formative introduction to literature; think only of the children's rhymes we all learn in preschool and how they stick with us through generation after generation remembered word for word and transferred from parent to child in the oral tradition These poems resonate in the same way any poem resonates they are fun they communicate a message and most importantly they occupy a time and space in which our world was free of expectation and responsibility Poems still posses all of these characteristics but the message is somehow lost in the transmission People think of poetry as something that serious minded people read and ponder over while sipping whisky by the fire side but it is also something that can link people together with memory and shared emotion If you have ever been fortunate enough to hear someone recite a poem from memory to a captive audience it is like watching magic being conjured from thin air For those with the gift it is as if they have captured the essence of the room excavated the emotion from the audience and let it out in a glorious breaching of the night air There is value in poetry specifically to those who have distanced themselves from it it is the eual of any book film or song th


10 thoughts on “The Rattle Bag An Anthology of Poetry

  1. says:

    This collection of poetry edited by Seamus Heaney and Ted Hughes is the perfect addition to any poetry shelf Having made my way cover to cover I will now find joy in taking The Rattle Bag off the shelf opening to a random page and enjoying the words I find thereSeamus Heaney on the title the volume was too abundant too frolicsome and too unruly to go by the rather headmasterly title in the contract so all of a sudden Ted suggested we call it by the name of a strange roguish poem translated from the Welsh of Dafydd ap Gwilym It's about an instrument that sounds like an implement a raucous distracting shake rattle and roll affair that disturbs the poet and his lover while they lie together in the greenwood In the words of the translator Joseph Clancy it becomes a noisy pouch perched on a pole a bell of pebbles and gravel a blare a bloody nuisance We were wanting to serve notice that the anthology was a wake up call an attempt to bring poetry and younger people to their senses What we hoped to do was to shake the rattle and awaken the sleeping inner poet in every reader


  2. says:

    This is one of my favorite anthologies some standards some real surprises consistently chosen by idiosyncratic sensibilities that say as much about the editor poets as about the uality of the chosen work itself I don't think I would have ever been exposed to the Hunter Poems of the Yoruba but for this anthology and I suspect Heaney threw in the strong presence of anonymous early traditional verse while Hughes ensured there would be a heavy dose of DH Lawrence Maybe great American poetry is a bit underrepresented but all in all this is a very earthy exhilarating collection of some of English poetry's best short lyrics with some translations from other traditions


  3. says:

    an unusual anthology but i chose it because of my love of heaney hughes well not so much i've taken to opening it to random pages and enjoying a few pages of poetry every couple of days the randomness of it is easily the best partit contains uite a few poets that i know and love and so very many that i was unfamiliar with which makes it a lovely exercise in seeing new wordsmiths and devouring their words


  4. says:

    Over the years I've accumulated a variety of poetry anthologies This is probably my favorite For reasons which I can't articulate other than to say that I like the poems that are in it Duh


  5. says:

    A very mixed bag this book


  6. says:

    A collection of poems curated by Seamus Heaney and Ted Hughes for kiddos Some old favorites and for them to be favorites for me you know they're old some new to me delights and a fair few that didn't really resonate with me A mixed rattle bag as it were


  7. says:

    Another fine collection of poems I have been slowly working my way through these past few years The Rattle Bag is the perfect collection for anyone hoping to get back into reading poetry The collection an expansive collection of classical and modern poetry really does offer nearly all poetry has to offer and I am sure others will find as I did that there are a number of poems which you will find yourself returning time and again as well as new poets whose work you will seek outgood luck with that all but the classics poetry volumes are generally small print runs and therefore prohibitively expensive The collectionedited with serious credentials by Ted Hughes and Seamus Heaney is organised alphabetically by title which while initially seeming a strange choice works really well as it avoids the pitfalls of arranging by author or subject both of which can get tiresome It also works because it means you will find a new poem addressing a new subject matter on each pagesometimes two to a page meaning it doesn't allow you to lapse into lazy reading the juxtaposing of some poems offering even greater insight into a subject matter The collection is clearly a passion project for the editors and designed not with academia in mind but to act as a reinvigoration of a lost art That it was first published in 1982 and I still in print over 30 years later speaks to the success of their goals that it is not widely read and not in every school classroom speaks of its failings Poetry sadly is taught in a way that does not offer the vast majority a way into a poem I mean the works of Milton might be fantastic to some but sadly they will fall on deaf ears to the majority By choosing one or two poets and flogging them to death across the school curriculum we do both the poets and the students a disservice Some might say poetry has had its day and that it is a uaint medium of days past given its redundancy by new and exciting forms of expression but poetry in a way is our most formative introduction to literature; think only of the children's rhymes we all learn in preschool and how they stick with us through generation after generation remembered word for word and transferred from parent to child in the oral tradition These poems resonate in the same way any poem resonates they are fun they communicate a message and most importantly they occupy a time and space in which our world was free of expectation and responsibility Poems still posses all of these characteristics but the message is somehow lost in the transmission People think of poetry as something that serious minded people read and ponder over while sipping whisky by the fire side but it is also something that can link people together with memory and shared emotion If you have ever been fortunate enough to hear someone recite a poem from memory to a captive audience it is like watching magic being conjured from thin air For those with the gift it is as if they have captured the essence of the room excavated the emotion from the audience and let it out in a glorious breaching of the night air There is value in poetry specifically to those who have distanced themselves from it it is the eual of any book film or song the distillation of time place and emotion into stanzas on a page waiting on a reader to calm their mind and truly listen


  8. says:

    A eclectic collection than usual Some of my favorites The Seafarer by Anonversion by Ezra Pound he singeth summerward Spring by GMHopkins What is all this juice and this joy? Fairy Tale by Miroslav Holub He cut out his bit of sky Dinogad's Petticoat from the Welshtrans Gwyn Williams Whatever your father struck with his spear wild pig wild cat fox from his lair unless it had wings it never got clear Breathing Space July by Tomas Transtromer the islands crawl like moths over the globe The Bight by Elizabeth Bishop White crumbling ribs of marl protrude and glare Apple Blossom by Louis MacNeice And when from Eden we take our way The morning after is the first day


  9. says:

    If you want a book you can dip into that you can use to explore different poets from around the world That can be a reference point to start your voyage into the alleys paths highways of poetry this is a good book to start withThe poets covered some are known some famous but theres obscure poems anonymous poems poets whose lines you see within these pages will set you off on the road to other workswritersThis book book is a key a door a path its up to you what you do with it


  10. says:

    A very interesting and different collection of poetry chosen by two of our most famous modern poetsThe time covered is from Renaissance to today and the subject matter is all human experience The ordering alphabetically by title breaks up the usual pattern of 'by date' and places poets beside each other in fascinating waysRecommended to all lovers of poetry Also a good starter for those who would like to read poetry but don't know where to begin


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