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Poems of Sidney Lanier

Poems of Sidney Lanier (Paperback) by William Hayes Ward (Author), Sidney Lanier (Author)

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The Pine Tree

Spring Greeting

The Power Of Prayer; Or, The First Steamboat Up The Alabama


At First; To Charlotte Cushman

Baby Charley

A Ballad Of Trees And The Master


The Bee

A Birthday Song

Centennial Meditation Of Columbia




The Crystal

A Dedication; To Charlotte Cushman

The Dove

The Dying Words Of Stonewall Jackson

Evening Song

A Florida Ghost

A Florida Sunday

From The Flats

The Golden Wedding Of Sterling And Sarah Lanier

The Hard Times In Elfland; A Story Of Christmas Eve

The Harlequin Of Dreams

Hymns Of The Marshes: Individuality

Hymns Of The Marshes: Marsh Song - At Sunset

Hymns Of The Marshes: Sunrise

Hymns Of The Marshes: The Marshes Of Glynn

In Absence

In The Foam

Ireland; Written For The Art Autograph During Irish Famine

The Jacquerie - A Fragment (chapters 1-5)

The Jacquerie: Song

The Jacquerie: Song. Betrayal

The Jacquerie: Song. The Hound

Jones's Private Argyment

June Dreams, In January

Laus Mariae

Marsh Hymns; Between Dawn And Sunrise

Martha Washington

The Mocking Bird

My Springs


Night And Day


Nine From Eight


Ode To The Johns Hopkins University

On A Palmetto

On Huntingdon's 'miranda'

On Violet's Wafers, Sent Me When I Was Ill


Owl Against Robin

Psalm Of The West

The Raven Days


The Revenge Of Hamish

Rose-mortals: 1. Red

Rose-mortals: 2. White

A Sea-shore Grave

A Song Of Eternity In Time

Song Of The Chattahoochee

A Song Of The Future

Souls And Rain-drops

Special Pleading

The Stirrup-cup

Strange Jokes

Street Cries: 6. To Richard Wagner

Street-cries: 1. Remonstrance

Street-cries: 2. The Ship Of Earth

Street-cries: 3. How Love Looked For Hell

Street-cries: 4. Tyranny

Street-cries: 5. Life And Song

Street-cries: 7. A Song Of Love

Street-cries: Introduction


A Sunrise Song

The Symphony

Tampa Robins

Thar's More In The Man Than Thar Is In The Land

Thou And I

To - .

To -, With A Rose

To Bayard Taylor

To Beethoven

To Charlotte Cushman

To Dr. Thomas Shearer; Presenting Portrait-bust Of Author

To J. D. H. (killed At Surrey C. H., October, 1866)

To My Class: On Certain Fruits And Flowers Sent ... Sickness

To Nannette Falk-auerbach

To Our Mocking-bird; Died Of A Cat, May, 1878

To Wilhelmina

The Tournament

Uncle Jim's Baptist Revival Hymn

Under The Cedarcroft Chestnut

The Waving Of The Corn

The Wedding


-- Table of Poems from Poem Finder® --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Contemporary Reviews

An assessment of Sidney Lanier as a poet from the April 1884 issue of The Century: a popular quarterly

A review of a collection of Lanier's poetry from the March 1885 issue of New Englander and Yale Review

Other Reviews

5 out of 5 stars An invaluable reprint of the 1916 edition., April 17, 2001

By Christopher Mulrooney

This review is from: Poems of Sidney Lanier (Paperback)

This is an invaluable reprint of the 1916 edition of Mary Lanier's 1884 collection, which is only marred by a certain over-solicitousness for the poet's fame that depreciates the early poems and the jolly, Twainy "dialect" poems, whice rise to Frost in "Thar's more in the Man than thar is in the Land."

Sidney Lanier saw the Real through "Christ's crystal" clear as the great fourth stanza of "Song of the Chattahoochee":

And oft in the hills of Habersham,

And oft in the valleys of Hall,

The white quartz shone, and the smooth brook-stone

Did bar me of passage with friendly brawl,

And many a luminous jewel lone

---Crystals clear or a-cloud with mist,

Ruby, garnet and amethyst---

Made lures with the lights of streaming stone

In the clefts of the hills of Habersham,

In the beds of the valleys of Hall.

"A Florida Sunday" is an evocation pure as any of Florida, and there is homesickness in "From the Flats":

Oh might I through these tears

But glimpse some hill my Georgia high uprears,

Where white the quartz and pink the pebble shine,

The hickory heavenward strives, the muscadine

Swings o'er the slope, the oak's far-falling shade

Darkens the dogwood in the bottom glade,

And down the hollow from a ferny nook

Bright leaps a living brook!

The famous "Hymns of the Marshes" are what Georgia is like, so that when in "Ireland" he offers against the famine "the main and cordial current of our love," he prophesies Finnegans Wake.

Hart Crane's noble tribute to "Psalm of the West", Pound's rare salute to "A Ballad of Trees and the Master", bespeak a poet loudly ignored.

His great Cantata for the Centennial would serve as well in 1976.

In his Afterword, John Hollander points to "the opening line of 'The Marshes of Glynn,' when separated from the weaker, rhyming second one: 'Glooms of the live-oaks, beautiful-braided and woven'; here again we feel that the music of Lanier's verse lies closer to the ebb and flow of Whitman's than to the brilliant contraptions of Swinburne's." That second line is, "With intricate shades of the vines that myriad-cloven"---go on to the third, "Clamber the forks of the multiform boughs," and you have Lanier.

4 out of 5 stars An 19th Century Materpiece!, March 28, 2000

By William Slater III "billslater" (Chicago, IL USA) (REAL NAME)    

This review is from: Poems of Sidney Lanier (Paperback)

Sidney Lanier was perhaps the greatest poet produced by the South during the the 19th Century. His descriptions of the nature and the Georgian Marshes of Glen, as in "the slant yellow beam of the sun doth seem like a lane from Heaven that leads to a dream..." and "belief overmasters doubt and I know that I know..." are words that feed the soul with the timeless nector of wisdom and humanity. I treasure this book and any student of the American South and/or of American Poetry will find Mr. Lanier's style of alliteration and assonance, together with his wonderful imagery to be a feast for the soul in solitude.

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