The Art of Angling

Poems about Fishing

By Henry Hughes (Editor)
(Everyman's Library, Hardcover, 9780307597038, 256pp.)

Publication Date: April 5, 2011

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"The Art of Angling "offers a bountiful catch of poems from around the world and through the ages on every aspect of the beloved sport.
Fishing has inspired a wealth of poetry--Tang Dynasty meditations; Japanese haiku; medieval rhymes; classic verses by Homer and Shakespeare; poems by Donne, Goethe, Tennyson, and Yeats. Modern masterpieces abound as well, by the likes of Federico GarcIa Lorca, Elizabeth Bishop, Ted Hughes, Robert Lowell, Raymond Carver, Margaret Atwood, Audre Lorde, Richard Hugo, and Derek Walcott. In the hands of the poets collected here, fishing with a hook and line yields reflections both sparklingly light and awe-inspiringly deep. Filled with humor, nostalgia, adventure, celebrations of the beauties of nature, and metaphors for the art of living, "The Art of Angling" is sure to lure anglers and lovers of poetry alike.

About the Author
Henry Hughes grew up on Long Island, New York. After completing an MA in Creative Writing at Purdue University in 1990, he spent five years working in Japan and China. Hughes is an active traveler, fisherman and literary critic. He teaches in the English department at Western Oregon University.
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