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      Blogs   05/01/2017

      Blogs are now accessible to Guests. Guests may read and reply to blog entries. We'll see how this works out. If Guest participation becomes troublesome, I'll disable Guest access. Members are encouraged to make use of the PMO Members' Promotional Blog to promote their published works. Simply add your latest entry to the blog. Include relevant information (your name or screen name, poem title, periodical name, hyperlink to the site where published, etc). If you have a lot of them and feel you need your own blog, let me know, and I will try to accommodate you. Members are encouraged to continue also posting their promotional topics in the Promotions forum on the board itself which is better suited for archiving promotions.

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1700s Poetic Movements

  • Graveyard Poets, also called Churchyard Poets, were 18th century poets who focused their work on human mortality. The poems often took place in a graveyard. Thomas Gray is probably the best known of these poets. Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard

    Sonnet on the Death of Richard West by Thomas Gray

    In vain to me the smiling mornings shine,
    And red'ning Phobus lifts his golden fire;
    The birds in vain their amorous descant join;
    Or cheerful fields resume their green attire:
    These ears, alas! for other notes repine,
    A different object do these eyes require.
    My lonely anguish melts no heart but mine;
    And in my breast the imperfect joys expire.

    Yet morning smiles the busy race to cheer,
    And new-born pleasure brings to happier men:
    The fields to all their wonted tribute bear:
    To warm their little loves the birds complain:
    I fruitless mourn to him that cannot hear,
    And weep the more because I weep in vain.

  • Romanticism was an 18th century movement in reaction the order and balance of the Augustan age. The romantics favored self expression, inspiration and unleashed imagination. It came at a time when the rights of the individual were being asserted. Poets had greater freedom to express themselves with the diminishing of patrons who sponsored the arts. There are many different views of exactly what Romanticism who the poets were but most agree that the names Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge , William Blake, Shelley, and Lord Byran should be included.

    Ode to the West Wind Part I by Percy Bysshe Shelley

    O wild West Wind, thou breath of
    Autumn's being,
    Thou, from whose unseen presence the leaves dead
    Are driven, like ghosts from an enchanter fleeing,
    Yellow, and black, and pale, and hectic red,
    Pestilence-stricken multitudes: O thou,
    Who chariotest to their dark wintry bed
    The wing├Ęd seeds, where they lie cold and low,
    Each like a corpse within its grave,until
    Thine azure sister of the Spring shall blow|
    Her clarion o'er the dreaming earth, and fill
    (Driving sweet buds like flocks to feed in air)
    With living hues and odours plain and hill:
    Wild Spirit, which art moving everywhere;
    Destroyer and Preserver; hear, O hear!

  • Scriblerus Club is really an association of poets rather than a movement or school. This club was a group of poets who regularly met during 1714 to satirise 'all the false tastes in learning'. Alexander Pope, John Arbuthnot, Jonathan Swift and John Gay were among the group.

    Acis and Galatea by John Gay

    Air.
    Love in her eyes sits playing,
    And sheds delicious death;
    Love on her lips is straying,
    And warbling in her breath;
    Love on her breast sits panting,
    And swells with soft desire;
    Nor grace nor charm is wanting
    To set the heart on fire.

    Air.
    O ruddier than the cherry!
    O sweeter than the berry!
    O Nymph more bright
    Than moonshine night,
    Like kidlings blithe and merry!

    Ripe as the melting cluster!
    No lily has such lustre;|Yet hard to tame
    As raging flame.

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