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Pick this book
up and, believe me, you will not
put it down soon. Epitaphs for
Poets is chock full of brief
commemorative statements that epitomize
poets from throughout the ages, ranging from
Christopher Marlowe and John Gower to—
believe it or not—the still living Dana Gioia and Annie Finch!
Snippets of characteristic information
offer hours of delight, laughter and
just plain fun. You may find
yourself looking up your favorite poets
first. The book's extensive Table of
Contents makes that easy. I went
for Housman, Tennyson, and H.D. before
Here is a sampling of what's inside.
R.I.P. GEOFFREY CHAUCER
c. 1342 - October 25, 1400
The first great poet of our tongue,
He died while relatively young.
They buried him in Westminster,
But no one's sure exactly where.
R.I.P. EMILY DICKINSON
December 10, 1830 - May 15, 1886
The Maid of Amherst, Emily
Dickinson, sang quietly
Far from the roar of the madding throng,
But now she holds her breath too long.
R.I.P. JACK FOLEY
August 9, 1940 -
Here lies Jack Foley
When he composed faster
It was a disaster.
Read Jack Foley's Response
R.I.P ANNIE FINCH
October 31, 1956-
Averse to logic, Annie Finch
In argument won't give an inch.
She'll spark and duck and even clinch —
But change her mind? You'd need a winch.
—Reviewed by Mary Ann Sullivan