DescriptionEating and drinking and the rituals that go with them are at least as important as loving in most peopleâs lives, yet for every hundred anthologies of poems about love, hardly one is devoted to the pleasures of the table. Eat, Drink, and Be Merry abundantly fills the gap.
All kinds of foods and beverages are laid out in these pages, along with picnics and banquets, intimate suppers and quiet dinners, noisy parties and public celebrationsâin poems by Horace, Catullus, Hafiz, Rumi, Rilke, Moore, Nabokov, Updike, Mandelstam, Stevens, and many others. From Sylvia Plathâs ecstatic vision of juice-laden berries in âBlackberryingâ to D. H. Lawrenceâs lush celebration of âFigs,â from the civilized comfort of NoÃ«l Cowardâs âSomething on a Trayâ to the salacious provocation of Swiftâs âOysters,â from Li Po on âDrinking Aloneâ to Baudelaire on âThe Soul of the Wine,â and from Emily Dickinsonâs âForbidden Fruitâ to Elizabeth Bishopâs âA Miracle for Breakfast,â Eat, Drink, and Be Merry serves up a tantalizing and variegated literary feast. ISBN:9781400040230