Poems That Make Grown Women Cry

Author: Anthony Holden
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1501121871
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The internationally bestselling collection of poetry so powerful that it has moved readers to tears. “Anthony and Ben Holden remind us that you don’t have to be an academic or a postgraduate in creative writing to be moved by verse” (The Wall Street Journal). One hundred women—distinguished in literature and film, science and law, theater and human rights—share poems that have stayed with them long after reading. The poems here range from the eighth century to today, from Rumi and Shakespeare to Sylvia Plath, W.H. Auden to Carol Ann Duffy, Pablo Neruda, and Derek Walcott to Imtiaz Dharker and Warsan Shire. Their themes range from love and loss, through mortality and mystery, war and peace, to the beauty and variety of nature. From Yoko Ono to Judi Dench, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie to Elena Ferrante, Tina Brown, Michelle Williams, and Sarah Waters to Kaui Hart Hemmings and Joan Baez to Nikki Giovanni, this unique collection delivers private insights into the minds of women whose writing, acting, and thinking are admired around the world. Their selections include classics by visionaries, such as Emily Dickinson, Walt Whitman, and Pablo Neruda as well as contemporary works by masters, including Seamus Heaney, Adrienne Rich, and Warsan Shire, with introductions to their work as powerful as the poems themselves. Poems That Make Grown Women Cry is a collection which represents a variety of aesthetic sensibilities and the full spectrum of human emotion. It is also a reminder of how poetry can touch minds and hearts, and how easily it will do so for readers of all stripes if they turn the first page.

Poems That Make Grown Men Cry

Author: Anthony Holden
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1476712794
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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A life-enhancing tour through classic and contemporary poems that have made men cry: “The Holdens remind us that you don’t have to be an academic or a postgraduate in creative writing to be moved by verse….It’s plain fun” (The Wall Street Journal). Grown men aren’t supposed to cry…Yet in this fascinating anthology, one hundred men—distinguished in literature and film, science and architecture, theater and human rights—confess to being moved to tears by poems that continue to haunt them. Although the majority are public figures not prone to crying, here they admit to breaking down, often in words as powerful as the poems themselves. Their selections include classics by visionaries, such as Walt Whitman, W.H. Auden, and Philip Larkin, as well as modern works by masters, including Billy Collins, Seamus Heaney, Derek Walcott, and poets who span the globe from Pablo Neruda to Rabindranath Tagore. The poems chosen range from the sixteenth century to the twenty-first, with more than a dozen by women, including Mary Oliver, Elizabeth Bishop, and Gwendolyn Brooks. Their themes range from love in its many guises, through mortality and loss, to the beauty and variety of nature. All are moved to tears by the exquisite way a poet captures, in Alexander Pope’s famous phrase, “what oft was thought, but ne’er so well express’d.” From J.J. Abrams to John le Carré, Salman Rushdie to Jonathan Franzen, Daniel Radcliffe to Nick Cave to Stephen Fry, Stanley Tucci to Colin Firth to the late Christopher Hitchens, this collection delivers private insight into the souls of men whose writing, acting, and thinking are admired around the world. “Everyone who reads this collection will be roused: disturbed by the pain, exalted in the zest for joy given by poets” (Nadine Gordimer, winner of the Nobel Prize for literature).

Poems That Make Grown Women Cry

Author: Anthony Holden
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1501121863
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"Following...their anthology, Poems That Make Grown Men Cry, father-and-son team Anthony and Ben Holden, working with Amnesty International, have asked the same revealing question of 100 remarkable women. What poem has moved you to tears? The poems chosen range from the eighth century to today, from Rumi and Shakespeare to Sylvia Plath, W.H. Auden to Carol Ann Duffy, Pablo Neruda and Derek Walcott to Imtiaz Dharker and Warsan Shire. Their themes range from love and loss, through mortality and mystery, war and peace, to the beauty and variety of nature."--

Bedtime Stories for Grown ups

Author: Ben Holden
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1471153789
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There are few more precious routines than that of the bedtime story. So why do we discard this invaluable ritual as grown-ups to the detriment of our well-being and good health? In this groundbreaking anthology, Ben Holden, editor of the bestselling Poems That Make Grown Men Cry, challenges how we think about life, a third of which is spent asleep. He deftly explores not only the science of sleep but also why we endlessly tell stories – even to ourselves, as we dream. Holden combines his own illuminating storytelling with a treasure trove of timeless classics and contemporary gems. Poems and short stories, fairy tales and fables, reveries and nocturnes – from William Shakespeare to Haruki Murakami, Charles Dickens to Roald Dahl, Rabindranath Tagore to Nora Ephron, Vladimir Nabokov to Neil Gaiman – are all woven together to replicate the journey of a single night’s sleep. Some of today’s greatest storytellers reveal their choice of the ideal grown-up bedtime story: writers such as Margaret Drabble, Ken Follett, Tessa Hadley, Robert Macfarlane, Patrick Ness, Tony Robinson and Warsan Shire. Fold away your laptop and shut down your mobile phone. Curl up and crash out with the ultimate bedside book, one you’ll return to again and again. Full of laughter and tears, moonlight and magic, Bedtime Stories for Grown-ups joyfully provides the dream way to end the day – and begin the night . . .

The Rattle Bag

Author: Ted Hughes
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 0571225837
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Gathers a wide selection of poems by British and American authors, including Frost, Ginsberg, Graves, Eliot, Hardy, Sharkespeare, Tennyson, Wordsworth, and Auden.

He Played For His Wife And Other Stories

Author: Anthony Holden
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 147116229X
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He Played For His Wife…And Other Stories continues a rich tradition of fictional writing on one of the world’s greatest games. A ghost at the table, a heads-up with Shakespeare, a high stakes stick-up, a hand played on Death Row, tales of pioneers and knaves, even a celestial argy-bargy – each story in this anthology reveals that when it comes to playing poker, no one can hide from their true selves. Whoever you are, you can be sure all your passions and compulsions, your desires, your foibles and idiosyncrasies will be unsparingly crystalised and exposed on the baize. First mentioned in print in a military history book published in 1836, the game of poker quickly found its way into the modern literary canon. Requiring technical skill and creative fiction in equal measure, poker is the quintessential writer’s game. From John Steinbeck, Bret Harte, Henry James to Damon Runyon, writers throughout the ages have found in poker a natural prism to refract complex human experience. Poker is one of the few sports to have spawned a literature almost as rich and colourful as its own exotic history. Featuring contributions from Booker Prize-winning novelist D.B.C. Pierre, award-winning playwright Patrick Marber, actor Neil Pearson and poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy, He Played For His Wife…And Other Stories is a compelling collection that will appeal to poker fans everywhere.

Love You Forever

Author: Robert N. Munsch
Publisher: Firefly Books
ISBN: 9780920668375
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As her son grows up from little boy to adult man, a mother secretly rocks him each night as he sleeps.

Mother Poems

Author: Hope Anita Smith
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 9780805082319
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An emotionally-charged collection of poems explores the death of a parent through the eyes of a child and then a young woman and features folk-art images that capture hope, strength, and the will to overcome.

Mathematics Poetry and Beauty

Author: Ron Aharoni
Publisher: World Scientific
ISBN: 9814602965
Format: PDF, Kindle
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What does mathematics have to do with poetry? Seemingly, nothing. Mathematics deals with abstractions while poetry with emotions. And yet, the two share something essential: Beauty. “Euclid alone has looked on beauty bare,” says the title of a poem by Edna St. Vincent Millay. “Mathematics, Poetry and Beauty” tries to solve the secret of the similarity between the two domains. It tries to explain how a mathematical argument and a poem can move us in the same way. Mathematical and poetic techniques are compared, with the aim of showing how they evoke the same sense of beauty. The reader may find that, as Bertrand Russell said, “Mathematics, rightly viewed, possesses not only truth, but supreme beauty — a beauty hold and austere, like that of sculpture … sublimely pure, and capable of a stern perfection such as only the greatest art can show.” Contents:Order:The Curious Case of the Ants on the PoleHidden OrderTo Discover or to InventOrder and BeautyMathematical HarmoniesWhy √2 is Not a Rational NumberThe Real NumbersThe Miracle of OrderSimple Conjectures, Complex ProofsIndependent EventsHow Mathematicians and Poets Think:Poetic Image, Mathematical ImageThe Power of the ObliqueCompressionMathematical Ping-PongThe Book in HeavenPoetical Ping-PongLaws of ConservationAn Idea from Somewhere ElseThree Types of MathematicsTopologyMatchmakingImaginationA Magic NumberReality or ImaginationUnexpected CombinationsWhat is Mathematics?Deep TautologiesSymmetryImpossibilityInfinitely LargeCantor's StoryThe Most Beautiful Proof?Paradoxes and OxymoronsSelf-Reference and Gödel's TheoremHalfway to Infinity: Large NumbersInfinitely SmallInfinitely Many Numbers Having a Finite SumTwistsTwo Levels of Perception:Knowing without KnowingContent and HuskChangeEstrangementAn Endless EncounterAppendix A: Mathematical FieldsAppendix B: Sets of NumbersAppendix C: Poetical Mechanisms Mentioned in the Book Readership: Those interested in Mathematics, those interested in poetry, and the general public. Key Features:It presents laymen and mathematicians alike with beautiful pieces of mathematics, and studies techniques of both poetry and mathematics that contribute to beautyKeywords:Mathematics;Poetry;Aesthetics;Beauty;Popular Mathematics;Paradoxes;Psychology of BeautyReviews: “The book is well-illustrated with diagrams and small photographs. The style is discursive and lively, but the central ideas are clearly communicated. It is not always easy to portray the attraction of mathematics to friends or relatives, or to get across that the essence of mathematics is imagination and creativity rather than routine calculation or the mere manipulation of symbols. By highlighting parallels with poetry, the book may help break down such communication barriers. It may also provide youngsters, so often disillusioned by a prescriptive curriculum, with an insight into the true nature of mathematics.” London Mathematical Society Newsletter

101 Poems for Teachers

Author: Annette Breaux
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317924886
Format: PDF, Kindle
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One of the most sought-after and dynamic speakers in education, Annette Breaux has inspired audiences of teachers and administrators across the country. She has incorporated each of her presentations with her heartwarming original poetry. This collection brings together 101 of Breaux’s poems, from which teachers and school staff can draw continued motivation and enjoyment.