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"The Weary Blues" by Langston Hughes
Nearly ninety years after its first publication, this celebratory edition of "The Weary Blues" reminds us of the stunning achievement of Langston Hughes, who was just twenty-four at its first appearance.
King Arthur's Raid on Hell and Other Poems is a small collection of the author's poetry mostly written in medieval fixed forms, or approximations of medieval forms. Some are in Welsh, some in English, all are beautifully rhythmic. Unlike most works that contain words or phrases in languages I do not comprehend, I did not find my lack of understanding the Welsh language to be a hindrance in reading these poems, because the wonderful, lyric quality came through, despite the language barrier. Also, since most of the poetry is in English there were only a few pages that I was unable to fully comprehend, but, again, the lyrical quality more than made up for the lack of comprehension.
It is not often I can read through an entire book of poetry in just two days, as I did with this book... I appreciated the brevity of most of the poems, and even though some poems were longer, they, too, were refreshingly different than my usual reading material. Kudos to the talented author of these wonderful poems. I recommend this book to those who love poetry and those who are interested in the medieval era. This book was received free from the author in exchange for this review. This review has been simultaneously posted at Dragon Views, LibraryThing, Smashwords and Amazon.com
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G. R. Grove is a storyteller and poet specializing in medieval Welsh material. Her "Storyteller" series of novels grew out of her visits to Wales and her own experiences as a teller of tales. Her newest book "The Druid's Son" is a (currently) stand-alone prequel to the "Storyteller" series. She has also published two volumes of poetry. She blogs in English and (sometimes) Welsh at http://tregwernin.com/.