Category: Poetry Project

A Successful Poetry Month

For the last two months, I’ve pursued some themed-reading. This is something I tried a couple of years ago as a year-long project, changing my reading theme every month, but it didn’t quite work. It seems to work better if I choose something just…

Six: The Aeneid

From The Aeneid of Virgil (circa 29-19 BC) Arms, and the Man I sing, who, forc’d by Fate, And haughty Juno’s unrelenting Hate; Expell’d and exil’d, left the Trojan Shoar: Long Labours, both by Sea and Land he bore; And in the doubtful War; before…

Five: To Lesbia

Song #5 to Lesbian by Gaius Valerius Catullus (circa 84-54 BCE) Come and let us live my Deare, Let us love and never feare. What the sourest Fathers say: Brightest Sol that dyes to day Lives againe as blith to morrow; But if we darke sons of sorrow Set;…

Four: Canticles

The Song of Songs (circa 3rd Century BCE) The Song of Songs, which is Solomon’s Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth: for thy love is better than wine. Because of the savour of thy good ointments thy name is as…

Three: Psalmist

Psalm 23: The Psalmist (circa 6th Century B.C.E.)   The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.  He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of…

Two: More than a Hero

Sappho’s “He Is More Than a Hero” (7th Century BCE)   He is a god in my eyes – the man who is allowed to sit beside you – he who listens intimately to the sweet murmur of your voice, the enticing laughter that…

One: Rage – Goddess!

 Homer’s Iliad (9th-8th Century BCE) Achilles’ banefull wrath resound, O Goddesse, that imposd Infinite sorrows on the Greekes, and many brave souls losd From breasts Heroique—sent them farre, to that invisible cave That no light comforts; and their lims to dogs and Vultures gave. To all…

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