Selected Poems (Penguin Classics)

Selected Poems (Penguin Classics)

Herman Melville

Language: English

Pages: 195


Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

While best known for such novels as his monumental Moby-Dick, Herman Melville was also an extraordinarily gifted poet. This is the most complete anthology of Melville’s poetry ever published in a single volume. It features a large selection from Battle-Pieces and Aspects of the War, along with Melville’s own notes and prose supplement; cantos from all four books of Clarel: A Poem and Pilgrimage in the Holy Land; selections from Melville’s later books, Timoleon, John Marr and Other Sailors, and Weeds and Wildings, Chiefly, with a Rose or Two; as well as a number of his powerful and lesserknown uncollected poems. This volume will usher in a new appreciation for Melville’s poetic gifts. Includes a new introduction to Melville's life and later career as a poet during the Civil War and Gilded Age, as well as notes and suggestions for further reading.


















the water-batteries of the Fort. Little else took place that day, Except the field artillery in line Would now and then—for love, they say— Exchange a valentine. The old sharpshooting going on, Some plan afoot as yet unknown; So Friday closed round Donelson. LATER. Great suffering through the night— A stinging one. Our heedless boys Were nipped like blossoms. Some dozen Hapless wounded men were frozen. During day being struck down out of sight, And help-cries drowned in roaring

carved memorial stone That shows, decayed and coral-mossed, A form recumbent, swords at feet, Trophies at head, and kelp for a winding-sheet. I invoke thy ghost, neglected fane, Washed by the waters’ long lament; I adjure the recumbent effigy To tell the cenotaph’s intent— Reveal why faggoted swords are at feet, Why trophies appear and weeds are the winding-sheet. By open ports the Admiral sits, And shares repose with guns that tell Of power that smote the arm’d Plate Fleet Whose

Half I resolved to kneel and believe, Believe and submit, the veil take on. But thee, armed Virgin! less benign, Thee now I invoke, thou mightier one. Helmeted woman—if such term Befit thee, far from strife Of that which makes the sexual feud And clogs the aspirant life— O self-reliant, strong and free, Thou in whom power and peace unite, Transcender! raise me up to thee, Raise me and arm me! Fond appeal. For never passion peace shall bring, Nor Art inanimate for long Inspire.

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