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Jerry Vorpahl <[log in to unmask]>
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Wed, 14 Apr 2010 08:21:11 -0700
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Camfield does a nice job exploring Twain's Poetry in The Oxford  
Companion, including  the most "Twainian" of all poems, "Love Song."  
First verse:

I ask not, "Is thy hope still sure,
They love still warm, thy faith secure."
I ask not, "Dream'st though still of me? -
Long'st always to fly to me? -
Ah, no - but as the sun includeth all
The good gifts of the Giver,
I sum all these in asking thee,
"Oh Sweetheart, how's your liver?"


On Apr 14, 2010, at 7:44 AM, Harris, Susan Kumin wrote:

Scott's book has Twain's poem after Jose Rizal, "My Last Thought." I =
think it's the best of his efforts at poetry, and because it's about  
the =
U.S. and imperialism--and because it shows that Twain read at least  
one =
translation of Rizal's Noli Me Tangere--there's a lot of meat there  
for =
a student project, if that's what you are looking for.  Kevin  
Bochynski  =
was kind enough to alert me to it through this forum last year, and  
I'm =
really grateful.  It deserves more attention than it's been given. =20
I'm going to be giving a short presentation on it at ALA.  --skh
Susan K. Harris
Hall Professor of American Literature & Culture
Department of English
University of Kansas
Lawrence, KS 66042


From: Mark Twain Forum on behalf of Alan Gribben
Sent: Wed 4/14/2010 9:22
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Subject: Re: Poetry by Mark Twain


If you can obtain a copy of Arthur L. Scott's ON THE POETRY OF MARK =
WITH SELECTIONS FROM HIS VERSE (Urbana:  U of Illinois P, 1966), this =
  be a good starting-point for choosing a poem.

Alan Gribben

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From: Mark Twain Forum [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of John =
Sent: Tuesday, April 13, 2010 6:47 PM
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Subject: Poem by Mark Twain, in its desire to commemorate Mark Twain, asks:

Did he write a poem that could be used as a weekly poetry project?

Anyone have a suggestion?