#1 23rd April 2012, 08:07 PM
Modern Poetry Ebooks
This may be a bit of an niche question, but I'd love to know what poetry any of you had found that could be downloaded onto a Kindle or similar device. I'd love to have a collection of poetry on mine, but am finding it hard to come by.
My main preference is for modern poetry, but I'm struggling to find any. Free would be great, but I'd be happy to pay proper money for a decent modern anthology in electronic form.
Having said that, if you have any recommendations for older, classic works, I'd be glad to hear those too.
#2 24th April 2012, 10:55 AM
I had just the same quest as you have. By going to Kindle Store - Poetry, I found a huge selection, some free, some reasonably priced, a few expensive. Modern poetry anthologies are in short supply, but several individual modern poets works - RS Thomas for instance.
I downloaded for free Six Centuries of English Poetry - Tennyson-Chaucer, by James Baldwin, and I'm pleased with it.
Then I went to Gutenberg where all downloads, via the USB cable, are free. (Instructions for downloading are on a Kindle thread Nov-Dec- 2011, in Central Library forum). There is a large and varied selection up to modern:
#3 24th April 2012, 05:27 PM
I'm a frequent and enthusiastic visitor to Project Gutenberg! I haven't been too inspired by the poetry though. I downloaded Paradise Lost, The Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner and The Wasteland, but that was all.
I wish someone like Bloodaxe Books would put lots of their books on Kindle. Being Alive, and the two follow on books are my most read anthologies by a long way. There isn't very much modern poetry in the Kindle store at all
I might check out the 6 Centuries one you mentioned - can't go far wrong, if it's free. Thanks!
#4 24th April 2012, 09:32 PM
I'm inclined to agree with you. The choice of books of poetry whether free or to buy is poor in both Project Gutenberg and Amazon. There is not a decent collection of Metaphysical Poetry to be had anywhere and as for Modern Poetry...... However I found Palgrave's Golden Treasury on Gutenberg and have downloaded that to be alongside Six Centuries of English Poetry, also T.S. Eliot's The Waste Land. I'm also quite pleased with Selections from Wordsworth and Tennyson, Browning's Shorter Poems, Tennyson's Idylls of the King, and Lyrical Ballads (Wordsworth and Coleridge) (all free from Project Gutenberg)
I don't think the e-books' creators have got their minds round how to lay out poetry in the line lengths as presented in the paper books they've converted. Alexander Pope's iambic pentameters (from Gutenberg) appear as prose. Fortunately this is rhymed verse but even so the appearance is odd and disconcerting.
I'm just about to remove A E Housman's Last Poems (Gutenberg). The presentation is OK but I don't like the selection. I've just bought for £2.50 from Amazon via the BGO link, A Treasury of Christian Poetry by Day Williams. In the introduction he recalls a prisoner in Vietnam who recited whilst in prison all the religious poetry he could remember, and that included some of the greates pieces from the KJB. DW does not say he was the prisoner but I suspect he was. I was pleased to find the layout just about perfect, but of course, this book was custom-made for the Kindle. I think the selection is good. What pleased me most is that the Metaphysical poets are well represented, which I would expect as their poetry is nearly all religious.
#5 24th April 2012, 10:23 PM
When I read your OP I went straight to look for Staying Alive and Being Alive on Amazon, and was quite surprised not to find kindle editions. I browsed around for a bit, but there really isn't much at all by way of modern poetry produced as ebooks, and certainly no anthologies that I could see.
You might find a few by individual poets, but you'd have to know who you are looking for, as there are a lot of self-styled, self-published 'poets' around these days.
#6 25th April 2012, 12:56 PM
Salt Publishing have made a number of their titles available for Kindle if you#re looking for modern poets, as have Faber & Faber.
#7 26th April 2012, 10:04 AM
Thanks, Grammath. I'll look up Salt Publishing and Faber & Faber.
In your message, when I clicked on the underlined modern poets, I was taken to a title proclaiming Coleridge's The Rime of the Ancient Mariner! How do you define "modern poetry"? When I was a student, T.S. Eliot was "modern". Now he is referred to as "early decades of the 20th c." I plan to look up the work of the present (Carol Ann Duffy) and recent poet laureates.
The fact is that most of the the poetry one "recollects in tranquility" is that which one read/heard and loved when young.
#8 26th April 2012, 08:39 PM
Very helpful, thanks Grammath. Lots of choice from Faber and Faber in particular. I'm interested to note that their ebooks are almost entirely books by a single poet, rather than anthologies. I wonder what's behind that decision.
One thing that hadn't occurred to me, before reading responses on this thread, is the issues relating to displaying poetry on a screen rather than a page, and the way that messes with line length.
I was wondering if this essential book had been discussed at any length on this forum?
I last read it and made notes from the abridged library book,long before it became available on the web.Is there a definitive version that comes in written form,or is it best viewed online?