By Herman Melville
Whereas most sensible identified for such novels as his huge Moby-Dick, Herman Melville was once additionally an awfully proficient poet. this can be the main whole anthology of Melville’s poetry ever released in one quantity. It contains a huge choice from Battle-Pieces and points of the War, besides Melville’s personal notes and prose complement; cantos from all 4 books of Clarel: A Poem and Pilgrimage within the Holy Land; choices from Melville’s later books, Timoleon, John Marr and different Sailors, and Weeds and Wildings, mainly, with a Rose or Two; in addition to a few his strong and lesserknown uncollected poems. This quantity will herald a brand new appreciation for Melville’s poetic presents. features a new creation to Melville's existence and later occupation as a poet throughout the Civil conflict and Gilded Age, in addition to notes and recommendations for additional studying.
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