- Adams, Franklin P.
Tobogganing on Parnassus
Doubleday and Page, Garden City, New York, 1912, Decorative Cloth, , , Good+
xii, 142 p. 19 cm. Spine darkened, lettering rubbed, head band fraying, corners rubbed. Five-leaf clover included on p. 97. 'When Milton sang 'O nightingale / That on yon gloomy spray,' / The sonneteer whom we revere / Lauded that birdie's lay.//While Keats's ode upon that bird / Was limpid as the notes / That, sweet and strong, were in the song / Of Philomelian throats.//And Bryant's 'To a Water-fowl!' / Had praise in every line, / And every word about the bird / Impinged on the divine. // When Wordsworth did the skylark stuff, / He praised the bird a few, / And Shelley's ode sincerely showed / He liked the skylark too.//O Poets, if ye had but dwelt / Upon a Harlem block, / Fain would I read your poems sweet / Upon the sparrows' 'Peet! Peet! Peet!' '
Léonie Adams at The Academy of American Poets.
This site is dedicated to reprinting the works of Annie Adams Fields in accessible annotated editions. It was begun as a "spin-off" from the Sarah Orne Jewett Text Project.—by Terry Heller Coe College
from "A Gull Goes Up"
Gulls when they fly move in a liquid arc, Still head, and wings that bend above the breast, Covering its glitter with a cloak of dark, Gulls fly. . . .Léonie Adams [1899-1988]