Poesy, Rhyme, and Verse: Celebrating World Poetry Day with Iowa Poetry

We want to share our love of poetry by showcasing some books of poetry from our collection that you can view at home either through HathiTrust Digital Library, “a not-for-profit collaborative of academic and research libraries preserving 17+ million digitized items” and the Internet Archive, “a non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, websites, and more.”

Most of the books below illustrate poetry styles from the mid to late 19th and early 20th centuries. The poems cover a range of topics in either English or German. In addition to being examples of Midwest American literature, the bindings of the books are beautiful instances of publishers’ bindings. These bindings were “designed for and manufactured in quantity for a publisher.” Learn more about publishers’ bindings through this exhibit, Beauty for Commerce: Publishers’ Bindings, 1830-1910.

Richman, De Witt Clinton. The Talisman and Other Poems.Muscatine, Iowa: Demorest & Coe, 1867.
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Richardson-Sloane Special Collections Call Number: SC 811 RICHM D.C.
Meredith, Owen. Lucile. New York: Thomas Y. Crowell & Co., 1892.
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Richardson-Sloane Special Collections Call Number: SC CLOSED STACKS 821.89 LYTTON
Banks, Charles Eugene. Quiet Music. Chicago: F.J.Schulte & Company, 1892.
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Richardson-Sloane Special Collections Call Number: SC 811 Ban
“The Fallen Leaf” and “Under the Cypress” poems from Quiet Music by Charles Eugene Banks.
Riley, James Whitcomb. Riley Farm-Rhymes. Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill, 1901.
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Richardson-Sloane Special Collections Call Number: SC CLOSED STACKS 821.89 LYTTON
Muller von Davenport. Mullerlieder: Lieder und Gedichte. Davenport, Iowa: A.O. Müller, 1905.
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Richardson-Sloane Special Collections Call Number:
SC 831 Mul
SC CLOSED STACKS 831 MULLE VON
“Oed ward die Welt, der Becher leer” or ”
The World became Empty, the Cup was Empty” and “Treue Liebe” or ” Faithful Love” poems from Mullerlieder : Lieder und Gedichte by Muller von Davenport.
Ficke, Arthur Davison. Twelve Japanese Painters. Chicago: Ralph Fletcher Seymour Co., 1913.
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Richardson-Sloane Special Collections Call Number:
SC 811 Fic
SC CLOSED STACKS 811 FICKE ART
Page scan of sequence 16
Digitized page on HathiTrust of Twelve Japanese Painters by Arthur Davison Ficke.
“Figure of a Girl by Harunonbu” poem from Twelve Japanese Painters by Arthur Davison Ficke.

Youthful talent is presented in the Morning Star, a fine arts anthology.

Morning Star: North Scott Senior High School Fine Arts Anthology. Eldridge, Iowa: North Scott Senior High School, 1989.
Access this book through the Internet Archive. Access other editions of this title here.
Richardson-Sloane Special Collections Call Number: SC 808.8 NORTH

Unlike the other books featured here, Lyrical Iowa is available in our collection to view and is available for purchase through the Iowa Poetry Association. While it is unable to view them at this moment, gain inspiration from the works above and write your own poetry to submit to Lyrical Iowa.

Lyrical Iowa. Des Moines, Iowa: Duffy Printing Press, 2019.
Learn more about this poetry publication here.
Richardson-Sloane Special Collections Call Number:
SC 811.08 LYRIC IOW 2019

Happy reading and writing!

(posted by Kathryn)

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