Hot Afternoons Have Been in Montana
Ralph Isham, 1753 and Later
Dear Birds, Tell This to Mothers
Local Stop, Sheridan Square
Must I Wait All My Life; or, The Misery Song
Something Else Should Die
They Look at Us
Kaddish (Words Having Holiness)
This Summer Morning Mariana Has
Quiet, Tears, Babies
To Dylan Thomas
Hymn to Jazz and the Like
Poems, Chiefly Scientific
Have the Lily
An Instance of Dyspepsia
Observations in the Metre of Tamburlaine on the Norman Mailer Turbulence....
The Dark That Was Is Here
Amiable Thoughts for Someone in a Hospital
The Unknown Should Be Good
Alice Has Never Been in China
All For Herself; Shakey
This Is Your Cup of Tea
Hell, What Is This About,
What Food Deserves: A Canticle
21 Distichs about Children
Love and Jobs
Still the Dawn
Come, Spring Flowers
CIVIL WAR Poems “We ought to know these poems, which are so different from the run-of-the-mill effusions that have flooded the market since 1861.”
—Shelby Foote, noted Civil War historian and author
On American Boys Dying in 1863, in Virginia, and Later Elsewhere
What Now Coheres of 1861-1865
The Waiting Maine Man, Dead at Little Round Top, Near Gettysburg, July 1863
Thoughts in 1960 on the Civil War, 1861-1865
William Carlos Williams. 1951 [In Something to Say, ed. J.E.B. Breslin (New Directions)].
Kenneth Rexroth. Review, New York Times, 1969.
Ellen Reiss. On a Series of Eli Siegel's Poems titled "The Persistence of Fabric."
Walter Leuba. Whole in Brightness, New Mexico Quarterly, August 17, 1957.
Selden Rodman. Saturday Review, August 17, 1957.
William Packard. newsART—The Smith.
The Aesthetic Realism Explanation of Poetry. Class taught by Ellen Reiss
The Immediate Need for Poetry by Eli Siegel
Lectures by Eli Siegel on Poetry.
See Poetry and Women
Poetry and Keenness
Poetry and History, and more
'The Star-Spangled Banner' As a Poem by Eli Siegel
Woman's Dissatisfaction: When Is It Right and Wrong? With a Study of Edna St. Vincent Millay by Margot Carpenter
These discussions by Eli Siegel and Ellen Reiss in The Right of Aesthetic Realism to Be Known describe poetry technically; what makes for its music; how the lives of poets comment on matters that concern people most:
ELI SIEGEL'S TranslationS OF POEMS, WITH NOTES
I Should Love to Be Loved, By Endre Ady
Roland and the Archbishop: From the Chanson de Roland
The Song of the Potter: Ceylon Folk Poem
The Laurels Are Cut Down, By Théodore de Banville
Her Lunch-Tray, By Basho
The Splash, By Basho
To the Reader, By Charles Baudelaire
The Voyage, VIII; By Charles Baudelaire
Hymn, By Charles Baudelaire
The Albatross, By Charles Baudelaire
Mourn This Sparrow, By Gaius Valerius Catullus
The Poem of Catullus about Attis, By Gaius Valerius Catullus
The Idea of Beauty Is Adored in This World, By Joachim Du Bellay
The Cydnus, By José Maria de Heredia
Towards Homer: Free Verse, Beginning with the First Lines of Pope's
Translation of the Odyssey, By Homer
The Expiation, By Victor Hugo
The Milkmaid and the Pot of Milk, By Jean de La Fontaine
The Oak and the Reed, By Jean de La Fontaine
The Wolf and the Lamb, By Jean de La Fontaine
A Strong City Is Our God, By Martin Luther
Two Stanzas from French Literature about Death: In Stances à Du Perrier,
By François de Malherbe
Carry Me Away, By Henri Michaux
The Fall of the Leaves, By Charles Hubert Millevoye
Duval Is on the Run: The People Are on the March, By José María Quiroga Pla
The Voice, By Henri de Régnier
Happiness, By Arthur Rimbaud
At Thermopylae, By Simonides of Ceos
Art Poétique, By Paul Verlaine
Autumn Song, By Paul Verlaine
Some Lines from Voltaire's Poem on the Disaster at Lisbon, By François
Marie Arouet de Voltaire
What Poetry Really is—A Celebration
Some of the persons who studied with Eli Siegel came to write poems that he was able to say were true poetry. And his criterion in looking at a poem by a contemporary was the same as that with which he looked at a poem by John Donne or Li Po or Baudelaire: Did the person see, and express what he or she saw, with such a fullness of sincerity that the permanent opposites of reality are musically one in the lines? Following are some of these poems. They were presented at a Saturday evening reading at the Aesthetic Realism Foundation during Poetry Month, April 2009.
From The Critical Muse & More
Imperative Aesthetic Realism Illustrations
Poetry can make it possible for us to like ourselves and the world in ways we could not before. While people have cared for poetry, carried poems in their wallets, framed poems like Kipling's If for their walls, people haven't known that poetry could be the true means of their liking the world they meet every day. Through the Aesthetic Realism of Eli Siegel poetry is able to be, in a new way, the "utile dulce"—the sweet usefulness—Horace said it was.... Every poem ever written has been about the self—even if it deals with an army, as Tennyson's Charge of the Light Brigade does, or with farming, as does Virgil's Georgics. But some poems are clearly about the self, and [some of these are included here]. These poems... are imperative Aesthetic Realism illustrations.
—Margot Carpenter & Karen Van Outryve, Eds.
from Preface to The Critical Muse