Books & Literature

Elements of Poetry

Poetry is a literary form characterized by a strong sense of rhythm and meter and an emphasis on the interaction between sound and sense. The study of the elements of poetry is called prosody.
Rhythm and Meter
Rhythm and meter are the building blocks of poetry. Rhythm is the pattern of sound created by the Read more

One fine day in the middle of the night

One fine day in the middle of the night,
Two dead men got up to fight,
Back to back they faced each other,
Drew their swords and shot each other,
One was blind and the other couldn’t, see
So they chose a dummy for a referee.
A blind man went to see fair play,
A dumb Read more

William Blake Specific Bibliographies

Color Printed Drawings
Butlin, Martin. “The Evolution of Blake’s Large Color Prints of 1795.” William Blake: Essays for S. Foster Damon. Ed. Alvin H. Rosenfeld. Providence: Brown University Press, 1969. 109-16.
Butlin, Martin. “The Physicality of William Blake: The Large Color Prints of ‘1795.’” Huntington Library Quarterly 52 (1989): 1-17.
Essick, Robert Read more

Nice smug me

by e.e. cummings

this here verse’s
i used to
stick to regular metered
now i write onetwothreefourfive poemsjustlikethat
but this is simple work
and what i want to know is
how much am i going to get paid for this
mister editor

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Hen Gonads

I thought running a chicken breeding farm would
be a simple matter,
Just pipe some romantic music into the chicken
coop and chill some champagne and sit back
and wait for the proverbial little feet’s pitter-patter,
But it’s turned out to be trickier than that to
affect a chicken’s libido,
Because I just don’t know what Read more

Likable Wilma

Wilma, Wilma, in thy blouse,
Red-haired prehistoric spouse,
What immortal animator
Was thy slender waist’s creator?
When the Rubble clan moved in,
Was Betty jealous of thy skin,
Thy noble nose, thy dimpled knee?
Did he who penciled Fred draw thee?
Wilma, Wilma, burning bright, ye
Cartoon goddess Aphrodite,
Was it Hanna or Barbera
Made thee hot as some caldera?
by Read more

An Introduction to William Blake

The real man, the imagination.
In 1827 there died, undoubtedly unknown to each other, two plebeian Europeans of supreme originality: Ludwig van Beethoven and William Blake. Had they known of each other, they could still not have known how much of the future they contained and how alike they were Read more

William Blake’s The Marriage of Heaven and Hell

There are nine known copies of The Marriage of Heaven and Hell, the third of Blake’s illuminated books. It was probably begun in 1789 and completed in 1790.
Rintrah roars & shakes his fires in the burden’d air;
Hungry clouds swag on the deep.
Once meek, and in a perilous path,
The just man Read more

William Blake’s Songs of Experience

Songs of Experience is the second part of Songs of Innocence and of Experience: Shewing the Two Contrary States of the Human Soul (first published in 1794), an expansion of Blake’s first illuminated book Songs of Innocence. The poems and artwork were reproduced by copperplate engraving and colored with Read more

William Blake’s Songs of Innocence

Songs of Innocence was the first of Blake’s illuminated books published in 1789. The poems and artwork were reproduced by copperplate engraving and colored with washes by hand. In 1794 he expanded the book to include Songs of Experience. The spellings, punctuation and capitalizations are those of the original Read more