100 poems to break your heart

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100 of the most moving and inspiring poems of the last 200 years from around the world, a collection that will comfort and enthrall anyone trapped by grief or loneliness, selected by the award-winning, best-selling, and beloved author of How to Read a Poem

Implicit in poetry is the idea that we are enriched by heartbreaks, by the recognition and understanding of suffering--not just our own suffering but also the pain of others. We are not so much diminished as enlarged by grief, by our refusal to vanish, or to let others vanish, without leaving a record. And poets are people who are determined to leave a trace in words, to transform oceanic depths of feeling into art that speaks to others.

In 100 Poems to Break Your Heart, poet and advocate Edward Hirsch selects 100 poems, from the nineteenth century to the present, and illuminates them, unpacking context and references to help the reader fully experience the range of emotion and wisdom within these poems.

For anyone trying to process grief, loneliness, or fear, this collection of poetry will be your guide in trying times.
Surprised by joy... impatient as the Wind / William Wordsworth
This living hand / John Keats
I am / John Clare
In Memoriam, VII / Alfred, Lord Tennyson
Thou art indeed just, Lord, if I contend / Gerard Manley Hopkins
The God Abandons Antony / Constantine Cavafy
The Voice / Thomas Hardy
The Owl / Edward Thomas
The Pretty Redhead / Guillaume Apollinaire
What lips my lips have kissed, and where, and why / Edna St. Vincent Millay
Song for a Dark Girl / Langston Hughes
Rooms / Charlotte Mew
Black Stone Lying on a White Stone / César Vallejo
I'm Going to Sleep / Alfonsina Storni
To Julia de Burgos / Julia de Burgos
In Memory of M. B. / Anna Akhmatova
The Fifth Eclogue / Miklós Radnóti
Café / Czesław Miłosz
Merciful God / Kadya Molodowsky
Shemà / Primo Levi
On Living / Nâzim Hikmet
Aspects of Robinson / Weldon Kees
The rites for Cousin Vit / Gwendolyn Brooks
Not Waving but Drowning / Stevie Smith
In the Midst of Life / Tadeusz Różewicz
On the road at night there stands the man / Dahlia Ravikovitch
Poem of the Gifts / Jorge Luis Borges
In the Park / Gwen Harwood
The Whipping / Robert Hayden
Night Sweat / Robert Lowell
Wanting to Die / Anne Sexton
My Nightingale / Rose Ausländer
Next Day / Randall Jarrell
Montana Fifty Years Ago / J.V. Cunningham
For the Anniversary of My Death / W.S. Merwin
Poem / Muriel Rukeyser
The Idea of Ancestry / Etheridge Knight
Henry's Understanding / John Berryman
A Deathplace / L.E. Sissman
They Feed They Lion / Philip Levine
The Small Square / Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen
Under One Small Star / Wisława Szymborska
Degrees of Gray in Philipsburg / Richard Hugo
On This Side of the River / Stephen Berg
Aubade / Philip Larkin
Parents / William Meredith
Essay / Hayden Carruth
Arches / James Schuyler
Kindness / Naomi Shihab Nye
The Woman on the Bridge over the Chicago River / Allen Grossman
The Book of Yolek / Anthony Hecht
Mr Cogito and the Imagination / Zbigniew Herbert
From My Window / C.K. Williams
Night Song / Louise Glück
The Race / Sharon Olds
In Memory of the Unknown Poet, Robert Boardman Vaughn / Donald Justice
The Dancing / Gerald Stern
For Anna Mae Pictou Aquash, Whose Spirit Is Present Here and in the Dappled Stars (for we remember the story and must tell it again so we may all live) / Joy Harjo
Mendocino Rose / Garrett Hongo
(Dedications) / Adrienne Rich
The Gas-poker / Thom Gunn
What He Thought / Heather McHugh
It Allows a Portrait in Line-Scan at Fifteen / Les Murray
The People of the Other Village / Thomas Lux
For the Taking / Linda Gregerson
Terminus / Nicholas Christopher
What the Living Do / Marie Howe
The War Works Hard / Dunya Mikhail
Halley's Comet / Stanley Kunitz
Song / Brigit Pegeen Kelly
Simile / Rosanna Warren
In Memory of Joe Brainard / Frank Bidart
jasper texas 1998 / Lucille Clifton
The Rapture / Cynthia Huntington
Elementary Principles at Seventy-Two / Richard Howard
Quarantine / Eavan Boland
Woman Martyr / Agi Mishol
We Are Not Responsible / Harryette Mullen
Shelley / Galway Kinnell
Aphasia / Vijay Seshadri
On Wanting to Tell [ ] About a Girl Eating Fish Eyes / Mary Szybist
Lead / Mary Oliver
Persimmon / Anya Krugovoy Silver
Ethel's Sestina / Patricia Smith
Woman, Mined / Carolyn Creedon
Graveyard Blues / Natasha Trethewey
Requiem / Camille Dungy
Aubade in Autumn / Peter Everwine
Barton Springs / Tony Hoagland
Failure / Philip Schultz
An Individual History / Michael Collier
The Second Slaughter / Lucia Perillo
Old School / Michael Waters
Infinite Riches in the Smallest Room / Lucie Brock-Broido
The African Burial Ground / Yusef Komunyakaa
The Addict's Mother: Birth Story / Kate Daniels
Spirit Boxing / Afaa Michael Weaver
Obit [The Blue Dress] / Victoria Chang
Pantoum for the Broken / Toi Derricotte
Krishna, 3:29 A.M. / Meena Alexander.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Who will reach for this assemblage of poems meant to break our hearts? Those who know that solace can be found in poetry and its assurance that one is not alone in facing heartbreak and loss, which is visited upon us in new and crushing ways in the time of COVID-19. Another draw is Hirsch himself, of course, a consummate poet (his most recent collection is Stranger by Night, 2020) all-too fluent in grief, whose radiant books about poetry, among them Poet's Choice (2006), have guided readers to a deeper appreciation for this endlessly surprising and affecting literary form. Each profoundly arresting poem is accompanied by a succinct yet passionate essay masterfully combining biography and commentary. Hirsch has selected lyrics confronting sorrow engendered by the death of a loved one, war, genocide, exile, violence, racism, and other crimes against humanity. Proceeding chronologically from the late nineteenth century to the present and encompassing translated works, Hirsch's darkly illuminating anthology includes Anna Ahkmatova, Gwendolyn Brooks, Nazim Hikmet, Garret Hongo, Yusef Komunyakaa, Philip Levine, Czesław Miłosz, Adrienne Rich, Patricia Smith, Natasha Trethewey, and César Vallejo. Mary Oliver crystallizes Hirsch's vision and mission: "I tell you this / to break your heart, / by which I mean only / that it break open and never close again / to the rest of the world.""
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Poetry -- Collections.
Poetry -- Translations into English.
Poetry -- History and criticism.
Publisher Boston :2021
Other Titles One hundred poems to break your heart
Contributors Hirsch, Edward, editor.
Language English
Description xviii, 492 pages ; 24 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references.
ISBN 9780544931886
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