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Vintage Verse Rhapsody A Poetry Collection


1. 01-What is Our Life?
2. 02-Two Poems
3. 03-Three Sonnets
4. 04-My Mind to Me a Kingdom is
5. 05-Five Sonnets
6. 06-Three Psalms
7. 07-Three Poems
8. 08-The Glories of Our Blood and State
9. 09-Sonnet 19 On His Blindness
10. 10-The Constant Lover
11. 11-To His coy Mistress
12. 12-On a Fly Drinking Out of His Cup
13. 13-Solitude
14. 14-Two Poems
15. 15-Two Sonnets
16. 16-Kubla Khan
17. 17-The River of Life
18. 18-Three Poems
19. 19-The First Kiss of Love
20. 20-Two Poems
21. 21-Five Poems
22. 22-Two Poems
23. 23-The Conqueror Worm
24. 24-Ulysses
25. 25-The Two Old Bachelors
26. 26-Four Poems
27. 27-Three Poems
28. 28-Two Poems
29. 29-Two Poems
30. 30-The New Colossus
31. 31-Two Poems
32. 32-Two Poems
33. 33-The Great Lover

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A collection of poetry selected and performed by Bob Gonzalez, rhapsode. Rhapsodes of Ancient Greece were “song-stitchers,” performing selections from the epics of Homer and Hesiod. The contemporary rhapsode performs the classical poetry of his or her language, culture, and tradition. Any particular collection and arrangement of poems for performance I term a “rhapsody.” In general terms, a rhapsody is an ecstatic expression of feeling and enthusiasm. In music, a rhapsody is an instrumental composition irregular in form and suggestive of improvisation. The poems in this rhapsody comprise a number of poems that I have performed in public and known for much of my life as well as several recent additions to my repertory. They are arranged in chronological order from the 16th century to the early 20th century. Some of the poets represented here are Edmund Spenser, William Shakespeare, John Donne, John Milton, Alexander Pope, William Blake, William Wordsworth. John Keats, Alfred Tennyson, Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, Lewis Carroll, and Robert Frost.