Selected Poems

Selected Poems

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By (author) Robert Louis Stevenson, Edited by Angus Calder, Preface by Angus Calder, Notes by Angus Calder

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  • Publisher: PENGUIN CLASSICS
  • Format: Paperback | 320 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 196mm x 22mm | 240g
  • Publication date: 1 February 1999
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0140435484
  • ISBN 13: 9780140435481
  • Sales rank: 516,146

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The author of Treasure Island and Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde is known all over the world as a master storyteller, yet his achievements as a poet have been strangely neglected. This book reveals how much we have been missing. Fascinated by a wide variety of verse techniques, Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-94) produced superb work in styles ranging from folk ballads to witty conversational offerings for his friends. Pieces using Robert Burns's stanza form and dialect rank among the most attractive Scots poetry of the nineteenth century. Angus Calder has brought together many uncollected poems, substantial extracts from the published collections and the complete Child's Garden of Verse (1885), an extraordinarily evocative picture of childhood loneliness, visions and fears. Far more than in his famous novels, it was here that Stevenson felt able to give direct expression to his deepest feelings about friendship, love and nostalgia; this definitive anthology captures a compelling and utterly individual voice.

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Robert Louis Stevenson was born in Edinburgh in 1850. Stevenson is well known for his novels of historical adventure, including Treasure Island (1883), Kidnapped (1886) and Catriona (1893).

Table of contents

Selected PoemsPreface Acknowledgments Table of Dates Further Reading UNCOLLECTED POEMS, TO 1885The Light-Keeper "The roadside lined with ragweed, the sharp hills" Spring-Song Duddingston "The whole day thro', in contempt and pity" "I sit up here at midnight" Dedication Epistle to Charles Baxter To Charles Baxter To Sydney "O dull, cold northern sky" Ne Sit Ancillae Tibi Amor Pudori To Ottilie "A little before me, and hark!" St. Martin's Summer "My brain swims empty and light" The Cruel Mistress Storm Stormy Nights Song at Dawn "I am a hunchback, yellow faced -" "Last night we had a thunderstorm in style" To Charles Baxter [in Lallan] To the Same (On the death of their common friend, Mr. John Adam...) "I saw red evening through the rain" "I who all the winter through" John Cavalier Alcaics to H. F. Brown Lines for H. F. Brown To Mrs. MacMorland Brasheanna "Since years ago for evermore" Rhymes to W. E. Henley "Dear Henley, with a pig's snout on" "My letters fail, I learn with grief, to please" "We dwell in these melodious days" Tales of Arabia "Flower god, god of the spring, beautiful, bountiful" "Now bare to the beholder's eye" Translations from Martial Epitaphium Erotii De M. Antonio De Liggura MORAL EMBLEMS (1882)Moral Emblems I I. "See how the children in the print" II. "Reader, your soul upraise to see" III. A Peak in Darien IV. "See in the print, how moved by whim" V. "Mark, printed on the opposing page" Moral Emblems II I. "With storms a-weather, rocks a-lee" II. "The careful angler chose his nook" III. "The Abbot for a walk went out" IV. "The frozen peaks he once explored" V. "Industrious pirate! see him sweep" FROM MORAL TALES [1882]Robin and Ben: or, the Pirate and the Apothecary A CHILD'S GARDEN OF VERSESTo Alison Cunningham Bed in Summer A Thought At the Seaside Young Night Thought Whole Duty of Children Rain Pirate Story Foreign Lands Windy Nights Travel Singing Looking Forward A Good Play Where Go the Boats? Auntie's Skirts The Land of Counterpane The Land of Nod My Shadow System A Good Boy Escape at Bedtime Marchng Song The Cow Happy Thought The Wind Keepsake Mill Good and Bad Children Foreign Children The Sun's Travels The Lamplighter My Bed is a Boat The Moon The Swing Time to Rise Looking-Glass River Fairy-Bread From a Railway Carriage Winter Time The Hayloft Farewell to the Farm North-West Passage The Child Alone The Unseen Playmate My Ship and I My Kingdom Picture Books in Winter My Treasures Block City The Land of Story-Books Armies in the Fire The Little Land Garden Days Night and Day Nest Eggs The Flowers Summer Sun The Dumb Soldier Autumn Fires The Gardener Historical Associations Envoys To Willie and Henrietta To My Mother To Auntie To Minnie To My Name-Child To Any Reader FROM UNDERWOODS (1887)Book One I. Envoy III. The Canoe Speaks V. The House Beautiful VI. To a Gardener IX. To K. de M. X. To N. V. de G. S. XII. To Mrs. Will H. Low XIII. To H. F. Brown XV. Et Tu in Arcadia Vixisti XVI. To W. E. Henley XVIII. The Mirror Speaks XXI. Requiem XXVI. The Sick Child XXX. A Portrait XXXV. Skerryvore: The Parallel XXXVIII. "My body which my dungeon is" Book Two - In Scots I. The Maker to Posterity II. Ille Terrarum III. "When aince Aprile has fairly come" IV. A Mile an' a Bittock V. A Lowden Sabbath Morn VI. The Spaewife VII. The Blast - 1875 VIII. The Counterblast - 1886 IX. The Counterblast Ironical X. Their Laureate to an Academy Class Dinner Club XI. Embro Hie Kirk XII. The Scotsman's Return from Abroad XIII. "Late in the nicht in bed I lay" XIV. My Conscience! XV. To Doctor John Brown XVI. "It's an owercome sooth for age an' youth" FROM BALLADS (1890)The Song of Rahero Ticonderoga Heather Ale Christmas at Sea UNCOLLECTED POEMS, 1885-1894The Song of the Sword of Alan The Bour-Tree Den To Katharine de Mattos The Fine Pacific Islands To Henry James The Family "As with heaped bees at hiving time" "Fixed is the doom; and to the last of years" To My Wife FROM SONGS OF TRAVEL (1895)I. The Vagabond II. Youth and Love IV. "In dreams, unhappy, I behold you stand" V. "She rested by the Broken Brook" VI. "The infinite shining heavens" VIII. "To you, let snow and roses" IX. "Let Beauty awake in the morn from beautiful dreams" XI. "I will make you brooches and toys for your delight" XII. We Have Loved of Yore XIV. Mater Triumphans XV. "Bright is the ring of words" XVI. "In the highlands, in the country places" XVII. To the Tune of Wandering Willie XVIII. Winter XXI. To Sidney Colvin XXII. "The morning drum-call on my eager ear" XXIII. "I have trod the upward and the downward slope" XXVI. If This Were Faith XXVIII. To the Muse XXXV. To My Old Familiars XXXVI. "The tropics vanish, and meseems that I" XXXVII. To S. C. XXXIX. The Woodman XL. Tropic Rain XLIII. The Last Sight XLIV. "Sing me a song of a lad that is gone" XLV. To S. R. Crockett XLVI. Evensong Appendix: Note on Scots Language, from Underwoods Notes Glossary Index of Titles Index of First Lines