Simple verse does not imply that the poems you will be reading in this book deal with trivial matters – nothing worth writing about is trivial. It means that the language used is not complicated. If you compare the next two examples on the subject of the end of the world you will see what I mean. The first one is the beginning of Gerard Manley Hopkins’s “Spelt from Sybil’s Leaves”. the second is Robert Frost’s “Fire and Ice”.
EARNEST, earthless, equal, attuneable, ' vaulty, voluminous, … stupendous
Evening strains to be tíme’s vást, ' womb-of-all, home-of-all, hearse-of-all night.
Chapter One: Simple Verse
Chapter Two: Approaching Poems
Chapter Three: Speaking Poetry
Chapter Four: Poetic Language
Chapter Five: Childhood
Chapter Six: In the Wood
Chapter Seven: Narrative Poetry
Chapter Eight: Love and Loss
Chapter Nine: Historical
Chapter Ten: Poems for Further Study
Author and Title Index