Tag Archives: Poetry

1997: Manhattan

Howard Horowitz: “Manhattan”; the landmarks mentioned in the text appear in their geographical locations on the island. Originally published in the New York Times, August 30,1997. (Apparently the formatting was lost when the print edition was converted for the Times‘s … Continue reading

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1905: Geographische Liebes-Räthsel

Geographische Liebes-Räthsel (1905); this map by an unknown artist uses the words from a Heinrich Heine poem as its locations: Wenn ich in deine Augen seh, So schwindet all mein Leid und Weh; Doch wenn ich küsse deinen Mund, So … Continue reading

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1806: Darkness at Noon

Title page and figures from Darkness at Noon; or, The Great Solar Eclipse of the 18th of June, 1806; “by an inhabitant of Boston.” Darkness at the break of noon Shadows even the silver spoon The handmade blade, the child’s … Continue reading

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1842: Behold the Beast with the Sharpened Tail!

In cantos XVI and XVII of the Inferno, Dante and his guide Virgil meet the monster Geryon, who alights on the edge of the abyss after Virgil has summoned him. In front, he has the face of an innocent man, … Continue reading

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1967: I Show You This Nickel

Money an introductory lecture This morning we shall spend a few minutes Upon the study of symbolism, which is basic To the nature of money. I show you this nickel. Icons and cryptograms are written all over The nickel: one … Continue reading

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1814: The Fairy Vessel Performed its Little Voyage

The poet Percy Bysshe Shelley loved paper boats: Shelley’s walks, when not determined elsewhere, often tended in the direction of a pond at no great distance from Primrose Hill, very proper for the delectable amusement of sailing paper boats; or … Continue reading

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1870: Cento

A cento is a poem composed of lines taken from other poems, either by different authors or from the same author. (Homer and Virgil are traditional favorites.) The word comes from the Greek κεντρόνη, which means “patchwork garment.” The following … Continue reading

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