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Ionica   By: (1823-1892)

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Ionica is a collection of thought-provoking and poignant poems written by the talented poet William Johnson Cory. In this compilation, Cory skillfully combines elements of nature, love, and contemplation to create a captivating and mesmerizing literary work.

One of the most captivating aspects of Ionica is Cory's exceptional ability to create vivid and evocative imagery through his words. Whether he is describing the beauty of a flower or the immensity of the ocean, the reader is transported to a realm where senses come alive. The imagery is so rich and immersive that it allows readers to visualize each scene vividly, enhancing their connection to the poems.

Moreover, Cory's exploration of love and its various facets is remarkable. He delves deep into the complexity of human emotions, weaving together a tapestry of lessons, yearnings, and reflections on the nature of love. The poems within Ionica are in turns tender, heart-wrenching, and deeply moving, as the poet explores themes such as unrequited love, longing, and the bittersweet nature of relationships.

Cory's contemplative nature shines through the thought-provoking poems that make up Ionica. The poet reflects on the transient nature of existence, the fleetingness of time, and the profound questions about life and its purpose. These introspective pieces invite readers to pause and ponder, encouraging a deeper connection with the words on the page.

Additionally, Ionica showcases Cory's mastery of language and the art of rhyme and rhythm. Each poem is impeccably structured, exhibiting a seamless flow that effortlessly draws the reader in. The rhymes are musical, further enhancing the overall aesthetic and auditory appeal of the collection. Cory's skillful use of language adds another layer of depth to the poems, making them both expressive and captivating.

Overall, Ionica is a captivating collection of poems that showcases William Johnson Cory's exceptional talent as a writer. Through his evocative imagery, exploration of love, and thought-provoking contemplations, Cory creates a literary work that resonates with readers on a profound level. Whether one is a poetry enthusiast or simply appreciates beautifully crafted language, Ionica is a must-read that will leave a lasting impression.

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William Johnson published in 1858 a slender volume bound in green cloth, (Smith, Elder & Co.) which was entitled "Ionica," and which comprised forty eight poems.

In 1877 he printed privately a little paper covered book (Cambridge University Press), entitled "Ionica II," containing twenty five poems. This book is a rare bibliographical curiosity. It has neither titlepage nor index; it bears no author's name; and it is printed without punctuation, on a theory of the author's, spaces being left, instead of stops, to indicate pauses.

In 1891 he published a book, "Ionica" (George Allen), which contained most of the contents of the two previous volumes, together with some pieces not previously published eighty five poems in all.

The present volume is a reprint of the 1891 volume; but it has been thought well to include, in an appendix, certain of the poems which appeared in one or other of the first two issues, but were omitted from the 1891 issue, together with a little Greek lyric, with its English equivalent, from the "Letters and Journals."

The poems from page 1 to page 104, Desiderato to All that was possible, appeared in the 1858 volume, together with those on pages 211 to 216, To the Infallible, The Swimmer's Wish, and An Apology... Continue reading book >>

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