Because I Fly

Author: Helmut H. Reda
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
ISBN: 9780071380850
Format: PDF
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Aiming to consolidate the best in aviation poetry and inspirational verse, this collection of 170 poems covers the period between 1869 and 2001. Serving as an introduction to the experience of flight, it seeks to expose the reader to a world with different dimensions, freedoms, and the beauty and dangers of flight.

Writing the Heavenly Frontier

Author: Denice Turner
Publisher: Rodopi
ISBN: 9042032979
Format: PDF, Docs
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Writing the Heavenly Frontier celebrates the early voices of the air as it examines the sky as a metaphorical and political landscape. While flight histories usually focus on the physical dangers of early aviation, this book introduces the figurative liabilities of ascension. Early pilot-writers not only grappled with an unwieldy machine; they also grappled with poetics that were extremely selective. Tropes that cast Charles Lindbergh as the transcendent hero of the new millennium were the same ones that kept women, black Americans, and indigenous peoples imaginatively tethered to the ground. The most popular flight autobiographies in the United States posited a hero who rose from the mundane to the miraculous; and yet the most startling autobiographies point out the social factors that limited or forbade vertical movement—both literally and figuratively. A survey of pilot writing, the book will appeal to flight enthusiasts and people interested in American autobiography and culture. But it will also appeal strongly to readers interested in the poetics and politics of place.

The Flying Machine and Modern Literature

Author: Laurence Goldstein
Publisher: Indiana University Press
ISBN: 9780253322180
Format: PDF, ePub
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"This is the first work to survey the myths created by the modern literary imagination about technology." —Herbert Sussman "... succeeds admirably, fascinatingly on all counts... " —American Literature "... a landmark in the study of literary and technological history." —NMAH "... fascinating... a welcome addition to the growing scholarship about the impact of technology on the modern imagination." —Journal of Modern Literature Annual Review This book chronicles precisely how the flying machine helped to create two kinds of apocalyptic modes in modern literature.

On the Wing

Author: Karen Yelena Olsen
Publisher:
ISBN:
Format: PDF, Mobi
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From Kitty Hawk to the jumbo jet and from the lunar landing to interstellar probes, American poets in On the Wing explore the phenomena of aviation and space flight. Edited by Karen Yelena Olsen, this balanced yet buoyant anthology collects 116 poems. The six thematic sections celebrate past achievements and the sensuous joys of flying ("Impulse of Delight"), revel in the vistas opening to the airborne traveler ("Worlds Above, Below, Within"), ponder the impact of air travel on everyday life ("Airplane Visions, Airport Truths"), outline the sinister role of the airplane in war ("Angle of Attack"), lament the shadow of airborne tragedy ("Icarus Falling"), and explore the mythic dimensions of space flight ("Space Odysseys"). Olsen's introduction traces the prehistory of flight literature from the Bible to the 19th century and sketches the evolution of 20th-century response, from initial exuberance to a more nuanced and probing examination of aviation and aerospace as they affect our lives. The book includes a short history of flight in the U.S. The product of a lifetime's passion for both flight and poetry, this collection will deeply interest those who have never been on a plane--and delight those who have.

Winged Words

Author: Piero Boitani
Publisher: ReadHowYouWant.com
ISBN: 1459605640
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Flight has always fascinated human minds, but until a century ago it remained a dream - the exclusive domain of birds, gods, and mythological heroes. From the myths of the ancients to the poetry of Pindar and Yeats, Winged Words traces the imprint of the human impulse to fly from premodern times to the age of terrorism in both literature and history. Piero Boitani begins his analysis with an account of the way the myths of Pegasus and Icarus have persisted from classical to twentieth-century politics and literature. He then takes up the figure of Hermes; the roles of halcyons and eagles in classical, biblical, and later literatures; and literary response to Pieter Brueghel's The Fall of Icarus. Honing in on modern figures and concerns, Boitani also offers a fascinating discussion of author-pilot Antoine de Saint-Exupry and concludes with a meditation on the flight of the hijacked airliners on 9/11. Throughout, Winged Word brings a remarkable range of men of action, politicians, theologians, writers, and artists into dialogue with each other; Shakespeare with T. S. Eliot, Horace with Ovid, Leonardo with Milton, Leopardi with Mallarm, Saint-Exupry with Faulkner and Rilke, and the Ulysses of Homer with the Ulysses of Dante. Ultimately, by showing how writers and fliers have looked to the ancients for inspiration, Boitani testifies to the modern relevance of poetry and the classics.

Air Fare

Author: Nickole Brown
Publisher: Sarabande Books
ISBN: 9781889330990
Format: PDF, Kindle
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From takeoff to landing, this anthology is about flying and the culture surrounding this precarious method of transportation. Includes contributions by Diane Ackerman, Margaret Atwood, Albert Goldbarth, Lee Martin, Marilyn Nelson, Naomi Shahib Nye, and a host of others.