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City Ballads   By: (1845-1912)

City Ballads by Will Carleton

City Ballads by Will Carleton is a captivating collection of urban poetry that takes readers on a journey through the bustling streets and hidden corners of the city. Carleton's words transport us to a world where every street has a story to tell and every person has a melody in their heart.

One of the most striking aspects of this book is Carleton's ability to capture the essence of city life in his verses. His descriptions are vivid and evocative, painting a vivid picture of the urban landscape. From the towering skyscrapers to the dimly lit alleyways, Carleton manages to convey both the grandeur and the grittiness of city living.

Through his poems, Carleton explores various themes that resonate deeply with readers. He delves into the struggle for survival in an unforgiving urban environment, the longing for love and connection amidst the chaos, and the enduring spirit of humanity in the face of adversity. Each poem is a reflection of the different facets of city life, touching upon both the highs and lows that come with dwelling in these vibrant spaces.

What sets City Ballads apart is Carleton's lyrical style and ability to infuse each poem with a musical quality. The rhythm and flow of his words make them come alive on the page, as if the poems themselves are songs sung by the city. Carleton's use of meter and rhyme adds to this musicality, making the collection an immersive and melodic experience for readers.

Furthermore, Carleton's deep understanding of human emotions shines through his writing. He captures the hopes, dreams, and fears of the city's inhabitants with empathy and sensitivity. Whether it's the joyous laughter of children playing in the park or the tears of a homeless person seeking solace, Carleton's poems resonate with a wide range of emotions that touch the hearts of readers.

While City Ballads is undoubtedly a captivating collection, it is not without its flaws. At times, some of the verses feel overly sentimental, bordering on cliché. However, these moments are few and far between, and do not detract significantly from the overall appeal of the book.

In conclusion, City Ballads by Will Carleton is a mesmerizing collection of poetry that encapsulates the spirit of city life. Carleton's evocative descriptions, musicality, and ability to powerfully convey human emotions make this book a must-read for fans of urban poetry. Whether you're a passionate lover of cities or simply seeking a profound exploration of the human experience, this collection will captivate and resonate with you long after you've turned the final page.

First Page:

[Illustration: "THESE ARE THE SPIRES THAT WERE GLEAMING."]

CITY BALLADS

BY WILL CARLETON AUTHOR OF "FARM BALLADS" "FARM LEGENDS" "FARM FESTIVALS" "YOUNG FOLKS' CENTENNIAL RHYMES" ETC.

ILLUSTRATED

NEW YORK HARPER & BROTHERS, FRANKLIN SQUARE

Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1885, by

HARPER & BROTHERS,

In the Office of the Librarian of Congress, at Washington.

All rights reserved.

TO

ADÓRA

FRIEND, COMRADE, LOVER, WIFE

[Illustration]

PREFACE.

When city people go among forests and hills, they drink in the fresh air and weird scenery of rural surroundings, with much more relish, enjoyment, and appreciation, than do the life long residents they find there.

For the same reason, the great drama of metropolitan existence falls most forcibly upon those just from the clear streams and green meadows of the country. Their impressions then are deeper, and their feelings more intense than if they were city born and bred.

With the latter fact in view, this book is an effort to reproduce some of the effects of city scenes and character upon the intellect and imagination of two people from the country:

First, a young student, who has travelled the well beaten roads of a college course, but is just entering real life, and now for the first time walks the paved and palace bordered streets of which he has heard and read so much... Continue reading book >>




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