Ten Poems to Last a Lifetime

Ten Poems to Last a Lifetime The fourth volume in the popular series that began with Ten Poems to Change Your Life Ten Poems to Last a Lifetime focuses on what it means to be truly human In it Roger Housden offers us poems on l

  • Title: Ten Poems to Last a Lifetime
  • Author: Roger Housden
  • ISBN: 9781400051137
  • Page: 211
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The fourth volume in the popular series that began with Ten Poems to Change Your Life, Ten Poems to Last a Lifetime focuses on what it means to be truly human In it, Roger Housden offers us poems on life and death, happiness, seeing ourselves in relation to the world, and, of course, the ineffable the things that really matter when the chips are down He describes theseThe fourth volume in the popular series that began with Ten Poems to Change Your Life, Ten Poems to Last a Lifetime focuses on what it means to be truly human In it, Roger Housden offers us poems on life and death, happiness, seeing ourselves in relation to the world, and, of course, the ineffable the things that really matter when the chips are down He describes these passionate poems as bread for the soul and fire for the spirit The poets Housden has chosen are Billy Collins, Hayden Carruth, Dorianne Laux, James Wright, Naomi Shihab Nye, and Mary Oliver from the United States, D H Lawrence and John Keats from England, Rainer Maria Rilke from Germany, Fleur Adcock from New Zealand, and Seng Ts an from sixth century China And yes, that adds up to eleven, not ten Housden decided to include a bonus poem for his faithful readers in this, the final volume of the series As before, Housden s luminous essays provide an elegant and easy passage into the sometimes daunting world of poetry, enabling readers to feel that in him they have found a trusted guide and mentor.

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    1. When I read poetry I always wish I could discuss the stuff that has gripped me. Also sometimes some of the bones of the work can be missed and with this little book the author gives me a take on it. My appreciation of poetry has only expanded being in this authors virtual class on these poems. I leave you with a Mary Oliver line " tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?" A great question for my kids every day emphasizing ONE .

    2. Several classics -- enjoyable reads, including, of course, Mary Oliver: When it's over, I want to say: all my lifeI was a bride married to amazementI was the bridegroom, taking the world into my arms.Hersperides is the legendary garden in the Far West of the world where golden apples growReturn to the ecstatic rapture, knowing you are part of a greater life, a conscious flicker in the vast network of intelligence that joins both the stars and the ants and you.Mary Oliver - Wild Geese:Whoever you [...]

    3. It may seem dumb of me but I don't want to read a book of poems and read someone else's synopsis of what they interpreted the poem to be about. Not my cup of tea. If I would like to do so I'd join a book club and discuss weekly what it is or isn't the author is attempting to portray in their literature.

    4. The Art of Disappearing When they say Don't I know you?say no.When they invite you to the partyremember what parties are like before answering.Someone telling you in a loud voicethey once wrote a poem.Greasy sausage balls on a paper plate.Then reply.If they say We should get togethersay why?It's not that you don't love them anymore.You're trying to remember somethingtoo important to forget.Trees. The monastery bell at twilight.Tell them you have a new project.It will never be finished.When someo [...]

    5. This is a lovely little book of selected poems. What's different about it is that the author, Roger Housden, provides a few pages of commentary after each poem. I thought he selected some very interesting and thought provoking poems and his comments added to my enjoyment of reading the poems. I enjoyed reading the poem first, then reading his comments, and then reading the poem again.We read this book in my book club and each member read their favorite poem and discussed why they liked it. It wa [...]

    6. I love the "Ten Poem" series compiled by Roger Housden. I remember picking up one of the books out of wonderment, while stifling through the poetry section, instead of working. Perhaps, it was the saturated, bright color binding. I don't fall privy to compilations of poems. Every reader has their own set of experiences, nostalgias, and coined memories. I flipped through one of the books, and came across Mary Oliver's "The Journey" and like many euphoric, instantaneous, riveting moments with some [...]

    7. I will summarize this comforting and reflective collection of poetry with an excerpt from the last chapter.When it's over, I want to say: all my lifeI was a bride married to amazementI was the bridegroom, taking the world into my arms. (Mary Oliver)"A bride married to amazement: Is this not a string of words to bring tears to your eyes? Imagine living your life this way, heart and eyes open wide to the world, so much in love with the life you are given to live that you feel joined to it by holy [...]

    8. I have often wanted to understand poetry better. Usually, I understand commentary about poetry less than I do the actual poem. Housden is much more down to earth in his descriptions of the poems in this short book. I liked what he had to say about most of the poems. I needed to understand more what the poet had in mind. Housden points out to the reader that it is his interpretation, and that another person might have a different insight. This book is the last of a series of 4 books published by [...]

    9. I was interested to read Housden's commentary, to see how he articulated what drew him to choose each poem. He referenced other poets in his discussion, and his ideas seemed insightful without being pretentious. It made me go back and read each one with a different eye.I really liked seven of the ten, a pretty good percentage. Only one did not seem special to me at all.This is, Houseden says, the final book in his "10 poems" series. And every one has included Mary Oliver.

    10. Roger Housden has chosen ten (actually eleven) poems that have universal themes, and added his commentary on each. Sometimes the commentary solidified my thinking about the poem, other times I disagreed completely. It was a worthwhile read, although I'm not sure any of the poems will stick with me for my lifetime! This probably says more about me than about either the poems or the editorial comments!

    11. This little book is so good. There are ten poems written by ten different poets. Each poem is unique and for me, a novice, fairly easy to feel and understand. After the poem Roger Housden tells what the poem brings forth in him and gives background about the poet. There are three other 10 poem books, this being the fourth in the series. Those I must read as well.

    12. This is a collection of 11 poems by various authors with a short essay behind each of them by the actual book author. I thought some of the poems were very good and some of them were just there. I'll probably look for a collection from at least three of the authors (Dorianne Laux, James Wright, Naomi Shihab Nye) since I really enjoyed their poems.

    13. Wonderful selection of poems by poets known and unknown to me. I'll look for Roger Housden's other three books in the "Ten Poems to" series. He generally sticks to his reflections on the poems he has chosen, rather than emphasizing a line by line analysis. Either approach is useful and I benefited from his.

    14. This was a great book club read. Each of us had different poems. We could read them out loud and discuss them, but the author's insights added to the discussion. Made me want to read other books in the series.

    15. Ten Poems to Last a Lifetime focuses on what it means to be truly human. In it, Roger Housden offers us poems on life and death, happiness, seeing ourselves in relation to the world, and, of course, the

    16. While I had heard of the authors of these poems, the actual poems chosen for this book were totally unfamiliar. After reading them, I can see why he chose them. You can read them over and over. They have meaning to everyone, regardless of your life situation.

    17. I liked that he was upfront about his ten poems to last a lifetime not necessarily being the same as my ten poems to last a lifetime. Some certainly had more of an impact on me than others. I was thrilled that both Naomi Shihab Nye and Mary Oliver were included!

    18. I read the poems, but skimmed or skipped the chapters talking about the poems, which I didn't find illuminating.

    19. Another wonderful collection. I was especially touched by The Art of Disappearing by Naomi Shihab Nye, The Mind of Absolute Trust by Seng Ts'an and When Death Comes by Mary Oliver.

    20. Beautiful poetry with reflective essays following each poem. Ideally one would read just one each day but I read them in succession and enjoyed them.

    21. I like poems but find it difficult to understand/interpret them. This one helps alot for the eleven (nice to get a bonus) with the explanations given. Made me want to copy down a few.

    22. I recommend the whole series of the Ten Poems to, along with his anthologies. Got me reading and writing poetry regularly. Inspiring!

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