ENGL.2820.031: American Literary Traditions - Mitchell

From "I Am in Need of Music" by Elizabeth Bishop

Elizabeth Bishop, High School Yearbook, 1934
Elizabeth Bishop, High School Yearbook, 1934

There is a magic made by melody:
A spell of rest, and quiet breath, and cool
Heart, that sinks through fading colors deep
To the subaqueous stillness of the sea,
And floats forever in a moon-green pool,
Held in the arms of rhythm and of sleep.

From "The Raven" by Edgar Allen Poe

Edgar Allen Poe
Edgar Allen Poe

Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary, 

Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore— 
    While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping, 
As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door. 
"’Tis some visitor," I muttered, "tapping at my chamber door— 
            Only this and nothing more."

Listen to a reading of "The Raven" by Edgar Allen Poe:

A Reading of "Nature" by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ralph Waldo Emerson, (1803-1882)
Ralph Waldo Emerson, (1803-1882)