Fiddle Lane

Fiddle Lane

Book - 1991
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In "Fiddle Lane" Thomas Carper presents sixty-five poems, all written in traditional forms-- most of them sonnets-- which treat subjects ranging from the creation of the world to the pleasures and trials of growing up. Although his focus is often on the personal and the local, Carper's poems transcend their immediate topics in ways that speak directly to the eternal concerns of the human heart.

In one poem, a boy's tormented, guilty dreams keep him "revolving painfully on the spit of sleep." In another, an ailing mother, "the ruin of her mind... infinite," recites poetry she learned as a schoolgirl for a son she does not recognize. A small child loses her beloved brother to death. With varying degrees of reluctance, youths undergo rites of passage that include hunting, football practice, J-stripping, and ice-skating. ("Life will be like this," one observes). Other poems draw on stories from Hebrew, Greek, and Hindu creation myths. And familiar lines from well-known poets are woven together in a humorous poem that satirizes dust jacket blurbs ("An unbarbaric yawp."-- Walt Whitman).

Carper also offers thoughts on people who "do" t

Publisher: Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, c1991
ISBN: 9780801842696
Branch Call Number: 811.54 CARPER
Characteristics: 76 p. ; 24 cm


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