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Eating and drinking and the rituals that go with them are at least as important as loving in most people’s lives, yet for every hundred anthologies of poems about love, hardly one is devoted to the pleasures of the table. Eat, Drink, and Be Merry abundantly fills the gap. All kinds of foods and beverages are laid out in these pages, along with picnics and banquets, intimate suppers and quiet dinners, noisy parties and public celebrations–in poems by Horace, Catullus, Hafiz, Rumi, Rilke, Moore, Nabokov, Updike, Mandelstam, Stevens, and many others. From Sylvia Plath’s ecstatic vision of juice-laden berries in “Blackberrying” to D. H. Lawrence’s lush celebration of “Figs,” from the civilized comfort of Noël Coward’s “Something on a Tray” to the salacious provocation of Swift’s “Oysters,” from Li Po on “Drinking Alone” to Baudelaire on “The Soul of the Wine,” and from Emily Dickinson’s “Forbidden Fruit” to Elizabeth Bishop’s “A Miracle for Breakfast,” Eat, Drink, and Be Merry serves up a ****** and variegated literary feast.
A collection of poetry celebrates food, beverages, and the fine art of dining in works by Sylvia Plath, D. H. Lawrence, Baudelaire, Robert Burns, Christina Rossetti, Horace, Virgil, Li Po, Rumi, Emily Dickinson, John Updike, Vladimir Nabokov, and other poets.
Number of Pages: 255
Sub-Genre: Anthologies (multiple authors)
Series Title: Everyman's Library Pocket Poets
Publisher: Random House Inc
Street Date: April 1, 2003
Item Number (DPCI): 248-29-9415
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