A CULTURAL FEAST: A Sampler of NEH-Funded Poetry Projects

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NO MAN IS AN ISLAND

The eight-volume Variorum Edition of the Poetry of John Donne will furnish authoritative texts of Donne's two hundred poems along with a catalog of commentary. More than thirty scholars have contributed to the edition, headquartered at the University of Southern Mississippi. The project has published three volumes with the University of Indiana Press: The Holy Sonnets will be published later this year.

SPEAKING OF RIVERS

The legacy of Langston Hughes is the topic for poetry and book discussions at twenty sites in nine states and the District of Columbia. A website complements the program.

THE COMPLETE POETRY OF SHELLEY

Volume I and II of this edition contain the poems that Percy Bysshe Shelley wrote up to the time of his marriage to Mary Wollstonecraft in July 1814. The second volume is due out in December. Edited by Donald H. Reiman and Neil Fraistat, the edition includes commentary on Shelley's work.

ELIZABETHAN POETRY

The Bibliography and Index of English Verse, 1559-1603, to be published in July by Oxford University Press, will give scholars access to information on more than thirty thousand poems that were printed or circulated in English during the reign of Elizabeth I. Steven May is the director of the project, housed at Georgetown University in Kentucky.

LITERARY STUDY IN A MANUSCRIPT CULTURE

A summer institute at Illinois State University in Normal took a look at the creative process through the study of the drafts and manuscripts of John Keats, Emily Dickinson, and T. S. Eliot. Twenty-five schoolteachers spent four weeks examining versions of major poems, including "Ode to a Nightingale," "I died for beauty," and The Waste Land.

SEMINARS ON MODERNISM

Poet Lisa Steinman has directed three summer seminars for school-teachers on poetry, the latest on the modernist movement in the United States. …