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Poems of Sleep and Dreams

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  • Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
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  • Publisher: Everyman's Library
  • On Sale: April 6, 2004
  • Price: $14.95
  • ISBN: 978-1-4000-4197-8 (1-4000-4197-X)
about this book

Poets have always drawn inspiration from the wild fancies of dream-life. We spend a third of our lives asleep, and throughout history our nocturnal visions have engaged the interpretive talents of our greatest writers.

This treasury of poets—Sidney, Donne, Blake, Keats, Wordsworth, Whitman, Rilke, Plath, Graves, Roethke, Bishop, Moore, Updike, and many more—encompasses lullabies, invocations, aubades, songs, epigrams, and stories, in every conceivable mood from the broadly comic to the tragic. It includes poems about daydreams and nightmares, about falling asleep and about waking up, about insomnia, night thoughts, monsters of the dark, twilight, dawn, and the rebirth of morning. From Yeats’s “Lullaby” to Rosetti’s “Nuptial Sleep,” from Salvatore Quasimodo’s “Insomnia” to Thom Gunn’s “Annihilation of Nothing,” Poems of Sleep and Dreams evokes the whole haunting, magical spectrum of sleep and dream.


CONTENTS

NOCTURNAL
BEN JONSON Hymn to Cynthia
PRUDENTIUS Before Sleep
CHARLES COTTON Evening Quatrains
WILLIAM WORDSWORTH Evening Voluntaries (I)
STEVIE SMITH Nodding
THOMAS HOOD A Nocturnal Sketch
BORIS PASTERNAK Winter Night
YVOR WINTERS Sonnet to the Moon
THOM GUNN The Night Piece

BERCEUSE
PHILIP SIDNEY Come, Sleep!
WILLIAM CARLOS WILLIAMS Good Night
W. H. AUDEN Lullaby
THOMAS CAMPION Sleepe, angry beauty
PHILIP SIDNEY Sleep, baby mine, Desire!
WALTER DE LA MARE And So to Bed
NORMAN MACCAIG Dream World
JOHN FULLER Lullaby
AMY CLAMPITT Berceuse
W. B. YEATS Lullaby
WILLIAM BLAKE A Cradle Song

SLEEP
JOHN KEATS To Sleep
SAMUEL DANIEL Care-charmer Sleep
WILLIAM DRUMMOND OF HAWTHORNDEN Sleep, Silence’ child
EUGENIO MONTALE In Sleep
EMILY DICKINSON Sleep is supposed to be
OVID From Metamorphoses Book 11: The Cave of Sleep
PHILIP SIDNEY Morpheus
RICHARD WILBUR Walking to Sleep
ROBERT GRAVES The Twin of Sleep
FERNANDO PESSOA The sleep that comes over me
THOMAS LOVELL BEDDOES Lines

SLEEPERS
NORMAN MACCAIG The Sea of Sleep
CHARLES COTTON Song
LI PO A Friend Stays the Night
C. P. CAVAFY On Painting
ALGERNON CHARLES SWINBURNE A Child’s Sleep
CHARLES COTTON The Sleeper
RICHARD LEIGH Sleeping on Her Couch
WALTER DE LA MARE The Sleeper (1)
ELIZABETH BISHOP Love Lies Sleeping
RANDALL JARRELL La Belle au Bois Dormant
JOHN FULLER Sleeping
ROBERT FROST On a Bird Singing in its Sleep
C. P. CAVAFY Footsteps
LES MURRAY The Sleepout
WALTER DE LA MARE The Sleeper (2)
HILAIRE BELLOC On a Sleeping Friend
EDMUND WALLER Of the Lady Who Can Sleep
When She Pleases
WILFRED OWEN Asleep
CHRISTINA ROSSETTI Sleep at Sea

NUPTIAL SLEEP
D. G. ROSSETTI Nuptial Sleep
ROBERT GRAVES Friday Night
SYLVIA PLATH The Shrike
GEORGE SEFERIS Sleep wrapped you
ALGERNON CHARLES SWINBURNE Love and Sleep
THOM GUNN Touch
THEODORE ROETHKE The Dream
JOHN UPDIKE Sleeping with You
SYLVIA PLATH The Sleepers
THOM GUNN The Hug
LOUISE BOGAN Tears in Sleep
OGDEN NASH The Stilly Night: A Soporific Reflection

THE NEAREST DREAM
EMILY DICKINSON The nearest Dream
THOMAS TRAHERNE Dreams
ALEXANDER POPE From The Rape of the Lock
PO CHÜ-I A Dream of Mountaineering
WILFRED OWEN The Kind Ghosts
LOUIS MACNEICE Dreams in Middle Age
BORIS PASTERNAK In the Wood
MARIANNE MOORE Dream
JAMES MERRILL The Mad Scene
ROBERT HERRICK The Vision
ROBERT GRAVES In Procession
THOM GUNN The Annihilation of Nothing
PHILIP LARKIN Träumerei
BEN JONSON The Dream
JOHN DONNE The Dreame

NIGHTMARES
LANGSTON HUGHES Dream
STEVIE SMITH Songe d’Athalie
PROPERTIUS A Dream of Cynthia Shipwrecked
WALTER DE LA MARE The Owl
NORMAN MACCAIG Sleeping Compartment
ROBERT GRAVES Gratitude for a Nightmare
W. S. GILBERT The Nightmare
RANDALL JARRELL The Dream
HEINRICH HEINE Bad Dream

THE INTERPRETATION OF DREAMS
GAVIN EWART Sonnet: A Dream
EMILY DICKINSON We dream
R. M. RILKE From To Madeleine de Broglie
WILLIAM MATTHEWS The Interpretation of Dreams
LES MURRAY The Dialectic of Dreams
ELIZABETH BISHOP Sunday, 4 a.m.
EMILY DICKINSON Dreams are the subtle Dower

INSOMNIA
OGDEN NASH Complaint to Four Angels
JOHN UPDIKE Tossing and Turning
ROBERT PENN WARREN Better Than Counting Sheep
EDWARD, LORD HERBERT OF CHERBURY To His Watch, When He Could Not Sleep
MURIEL RUKEYSER Nevertheless the moon
OSIP MANDELSTAM Insomnia
ELIZABETH BISHOP Insomnia
JOHN UPDIKE Vibration
MARINA TSVETAEVA From Insomnia
ALGERNON CHARLES SWINBURNE Sapphics
TRISTAN CORBIÉRE Insomnia
ROBERT GRAVES Not to Sleep
GERARD MANLEY HOPKINS I wake and feel
WELDON KEES If this room is our world
SYLVIA PLATH Insomniac
WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE Is it thy will
SALVATORE QUASIMODO Insomnia

NIGHT THOUGHTS
HERMAN MELVILLE The Bench of Boors
EMILY BRONTE Stars
LI PO Thoughts in Night Quiet
SAMUEL TAYLOR COLERIDGE Frost at Midnight
OGDEN NASH I Can Hardly Wait for the Sandman
WALT WHITMAN When I heard at the close of the day
JOHN UPDIKE Pillow
SYLVIA PLATH Sleep in the Mojave Desert
WILLIAM CARLOS WILLIAMS A Goodnight
C. P. CAVAFY An Old Man

AUBADE
GERARD MANLEY HOPKINS Moonrise
HILAIRE BELLOC The Early Morning
PHILIP LARKIN The horns of the morning
LOUISE BOGAN July Dawn
W. H. AUDEN Dear, though the night is gone
LI PO Something Said, Waking Drunk on a Spring Day
LANGSTON HUGHES Morning After
W. H. AUDEN From Horae Canonicae
CHARLES STUART CALVERLEY Morning
R. M. RILKE Aubade
RUTH PITTER Early Rising
HENRY VAUGHAN The Morning-watch
RANDALL JARRELL A Prayer at Morning
SYLVIA PLATH Waking in Winter
THEODORE ROETHKE The Waking
HART CRANE The Harbor Dawn
W. H. AUDEN First Things First
JAMES MERRILL Entrance from Sleep
THOM GUNN Waking in a Newly Built House
PHILIP LARKIN Aubade
W. B. YEATS Towards Break of Day
JOHN DONNE The Sunne Rising
PERCY BYSSHE SHELLEY Song of Apollo

Acknowledgments