Spellbound: Poems of Magic and Enchantment (Hardcover)

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Spellbound: Poems of Magic and Enchantment (Hardcover)

By Kimiko Hahn (Editor), Harold Schechter (Editor)


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A unique anthology of poems from around the world and through the ages that celebrate magic and magicians

No matter how modern or scientifically advanced our societies become, human beings remain perpetually enthralled by the idea of magic, from our daily superstitions to our choices of entertainment. Magic has long been a central subject of poetry, and the poems in this collection are evocative evidence that the poet’s art depends on a form of wizardry—the ability to conjure enchantment from a particular combination of words.

Venerable literary wizards such as Shakespeare's Prospero, Tennyson's Merlin, and T. S. Eliot's Mr. Mistoffelees make appearances here alongside illusionists and prestidigitators in Kay Ryan's "Houdini," Ted Kooser's "Card Trick," Charles Simic's "My Magician," and Richard Wilbur's "The Mind-Reader." Here is a treasury of poetic spells, charms, and incantations, from Elise Paschen's "Love Spell," Robert Graves's "Love and Black Magic," and Lu Yu's "The Pedlar of Spells," to a Cherokee "Spell to Destroy Life." And here, too, are all sorts of sorcerers, conjurers, enchantresses, and witches, as captured in Emily Dickinson's "Best Witchcraft is Geometry," Michael Schmidt's "Nine Witches," and H. D.'s "Circe," keeping company with magical poems from cultures around the world.  

Everyman's Library's Pocket Poets are pocket-sized hardcovers that feature acid-free cream-colored paper bound in a full-cloth case with two-color foil stamping, decorative endpapers, a silk ribbon marker, a European-style half-round spine, and a full-color illustrated jacket.
KIMIKO HAHN is the author of ten books of poems, including Foreign Bodies (2020). Hahn is a distinguished professor in the MFA program in Creative Writing and Literary Translation at Queens College, City University of New York. She has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, the PEN/Voelcker Award for Poetry, fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize for lifetime achievement. She is a former president of the Poetry Society of America and a current chancellor of the American Academy of Poets. 

HAROLD SCHECHTER is a professor emeritus of American literature and culture at Queens College, City University of New York, and the author of several mystery novels featuring Edgar Allan Poe, as well as coeditor of three previous Everyman's Library Pocket Poet volumes. He lives in New York City.
Product Details ISBN: 9780593536315
ISBN-10: 0593536312
Publisher: Everyman's Library
Publication Date: March 12th, 2024
Pages: 256
Language: English