The Handbook of Heartbreak

The Handbook of Heartbreak

101 Poems of Lost Love and Sorrow

Book - 1998 | 1st ed
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From the 39th poet laureate comes the universal prescription for a broken heart.

Robert Pinsky has gathered together magical words of heart-mending solace from across the centuries to read in times of trouble. With an introduction by Pinsky, this unique volume includes the works of an astounding range of poets -- William Shakespeare, Sylvia Plath, Frank Bidart, Wallace Stevens, Frank O'hara, Louise Gluck, W.B. Yeats, Langston Hughes, and Emily Dickenson, amoung others. A timeless treasure to give or get, The Handbook of Heartbreak beats with the power of emotional truth; a must for anyone who has ever loved -- and lost.

Publisher: New York : Rob Weisbach Books, c1998
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780688162863
Branch Call Number: 808.819353/HAN 4565nf 1
Additional Contributors: Williams, William Carlos 1883-1963
Pinsky, Robert
Frost, Robert 1874-1963
Moore, Marianne 1887-1972
Hass, Robert 1941-
Schwartz, Lloyd 1941-
Wyatt, Sir Thomas 1503-1542
Gascoigne, George 1542?-1577
Bishop, Elizabeth 1911-1979
Yeats, William Butler 1865-1939
Bogan, Louise 1897-1970
Hoagland, Tony 1953-
Jonson, Ben 1573?-1637
Strand, Mark 1934-
Parker, Dorothy 1893-1967
Dugan, Alan 1923-
Sidney, Philip Sir,1554-1586
Greville, Fulke, Lord Brooke 1554-1628
Shakespeare, William 1564-1616
Meredith, George 1828-1909
Hardy, Thomas 1840-1928
Donne, John 1572-1631
Blake, William 1757-1827
Suckling, Sir John 1609-1642
Swift, Jonathan 1667-1745
Wordsworth, William 1770-1850
Landor, Walter Savage 1775-1864
Keats, John 1795-1821
Dickinson, Emily 1830-1886
Hopkins, Gerard Manley 1844-1889
Muir, Edwin 1887-1959
Ransom, John Crowe 1888-1974
Smith, Stevie 1902-1971
Cowper, William 1731-1800
Corn, Alfred 1943-
Hayden, Robert E. 1913-1980
Berryman, John 1914-1972
McMichael, James 1939-
Brooks, Gwendolyn 1917-2000
Lowell, Robert 1917-1977
Duncan, Robert 1919-1988
Halliday, Mark 1949-
Doty, Mark 1953-
Ferry, David 1924-
Gilbert, Jack 1925-
O'Hara, Frank 1926-1966
Plath, Sylvia 1932-1963
Emanuel, Lynn 1949-
Merrill, James Ingram 1926-1995
Marvell, Andrew 1621-1678
Merwin, W. S. IWilliam Stanley), 1927-
Gunn, Thom 1929-
Williams, C. K. 1936-
Mazur, Gail 1937-
Bidart, Frank 1939-
Hull, Lynda 1954-1994
Glück, Louise 1943-
Wright, C. D. 1949-
Traxler, Patricia 1944-
Williamson, Alan 1944-
Ryan, Michael 1945-
Zagajewski, Adam 1945-
Roethke, Theodore 1908-1963
Kenyon, Jane 1947-1995
Komunyakaa, Yusef 1947-
Shapiro, Alan 1952-
Sleigh, Tom 1953-
Shelley, Percy Bysshe 1792-1822
Levine, Philip 1928-
Brown, Sterling Allen 1901-
Winters, Anne 1939-
Crane, Hart 1899-1932
Hughes, Langston 1902-1967
Dyer, Edward Sir,1540-1607
Qualls, Suzanne 1951-
Mitosz, Czestaw 1911-
Heaney, Seamus 1939-
Stern, Gerald 1925-
Turpin, Mark 1953-
Gewanter, David 1954-
Cavafy, Constantine 1863-1933
Phillips, Carl 1959-
Nashe, Thomas 1567-1601
Alexie, Sherman 1966-
Tichborne, Chidiock 1558?-1586
Herbert, George 1593-1633
Stevens, Wallace 1879-1955
McHugh, Heather 1948-
Alternative Title: Western wind
Love song / William Carlos Williams
Never again would birds' song be the same / Robert Frost
Roses only / Marianne Moore
Privilege of being / Robert Haas
Who's on first? / Lloyd Schwartz
They flee from me / Thomas Wyatt
And if I did what then? / George Gascoigne
One art / Elizabeth Bishop
Adam's curse / William Butler Yeats
Men loved wholly beyond wisdom / Louise Bogan
Doing this / Tony Hoagland
My picture left in Scotland / Ben Jonson
My life by somebody else / Mark Strand
Unfortunate coincidence / Dorothy Parker
Love song : I and thou / Alan Dugan
Astrophel and Stella "With how sad steps, oh moon, thou climb'st the skies" / Philip Sidney
Caelica, LXIX "When all this all doth pass from age to age" / Fulke Greville
They that have power to hurt and will do none [sonnet 94] / William Shakespeare
Modern love, 17 "At dinner, she is hostess, I am host " / George Meredith
Neutral tones / Thomas Hardy
The apparition / John Donne
How sweet I roam'd from field to field [song] / William Blake
Why so pale and wan, fond lover? [song] / John Suckling
Eros Turannos / Edwin Arlington Robinson
Methought I saw my late espoused saint [sonnet 19] / John Milton
Stella's birth-day : March 13, 1726 / Jonathan Swift
A slumber did my spirit seal / William Wordsworth
Death of the day / Walter Savage Landor
This living hand / John Keats
Wild nights - wild nights! / Emily Dickinson
The difference between despair / Emily Dickinson
The voice / Thomas Hardy
Thou art indeed just, Lord, if I contend [sonnet] / Gerard Manley Hopkins
Helen / H. D
The brothers / Edwin Muir
Bells for John Wihteside's daughter / John Crowe Ransom
Captain Carpenter / John Crowe Ransom
Simple autumnal / Louise Bogan
Not waving but drowning / Stevie Smith
Lines written during a period of insanity / William Cowper
The poet's task / Pablo Neruda
A plagueof starlings / Robert Hayden
The dream songs, 14 "Life, friends, is boring. We must not say so" / John Berryman
The dreams songs, 29 "There sat down, once, a thing on Henry's heart" / John Berryman
The inland lighthouse / James McMichael
Kitchenette building / Gwendolyn Brooks
Skunk hour / Robert Lowell
My mother would be a falconress / Robert Duncan
Get it again / Mark Halliday
Brilliance / Mark Doty
That evening at dinner / David Ferry
Measuring the tyger / Jack Gilbert
The day lady died / Frank O'hara
Lady Lazarus / Sylvia Plath
Spite - homage to Sylvia Plath / Lynn Emanuel
Body / James Merrill
The definition of love / Andrew Marvell
Teachers / W. S. Merwin
Memory unsettled / Thom Gunn
Fragment / C. K. Williams
In Houston / Gail Mazur
Out, out / Robert Frost
The yoke / Frank Bidart
The window / Lynda Hull
Round / Robert Pinsky
Mock orange / Louise Glück
Personals / C. D. Wright
How I got this way / Patricia Traxler
Friends who have failed / Alan Williamson
Boy carrying-in bottles in glass works / Michael Ryan
Watching Shoah in a hotel room in America / Adam Zagajewski
Dolor / Theodore Roethke
Insomnia / Jane Kenyon
Facing it / Yusef Komunyakaa
Old joke / Alan Shapir
Lamentation on Ur / Tom Sleigh
Ozymandias / Percy Bysshe Shelley
They feed they lion / Philip Levine
Memphis blues / Sterling A. Brown
Night wash / Anne Winters
My grandmother's love letters / Hart Crane
The weary blues / Langston Hughes
Elegy on the death of Sidney / Edward Dyer
Ralegh's history of the world, an epitaph for bent / Suzanne Qualls
Song on porcelain / Czestaw Mitosz
Mid-term break / Seamus Heaney
On my first son / Ben Jonson
Waving good-bye / Gerald Stern
Elegy for Jane / Theodore Roethke
Last hired / Mark Turpin
After great pain, a formal feeling comes / Emily Dickinson
English I / David Gewanter
Body, remember / Constantine Cavafy
Cortège / Carl Phillips
A litany in time of plague / Thomas Nashe
The business of fancydancing / Sherman Alexie
Tichborne's elegy / Chidiock Tichborne
Church monuments / George Herbert
Madame La Fleurie / Wallace Stevens
What he thought / Heather McHugh


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