World Book Night 2014: Poetry/novel Pairings

Pair of roses

Image by Fancibaer (Own work) [CC0], via Wikimedia Commons

To honor both World Book Night (Apr. 23) and National Poetry Month, I’ve paired some novels with poetry collections.  I’ve linked to specific catalog records: any edition of these books will do, though.

Novel: The sonnet lover, by Carol Goodman
Poetry Collection: Sonnets and poems, by William Shakespeare

The novel’s characters explore the identity of Shakespeare’s dark lady.  Even if this pairing is obvious, why ignore such a suitable match?

Novel: Notre Dame de Paris (a.k.a. The hunchback of Notre Dame), by Victor Hugo
Poetry Collection: Les rayons et les ombres (The rays and the shadows)*, by Victor Hugo

The novel features a poet character, Gringoire.  The collection includes a poem entitled “La fonction du poète” (the function of the poet).  Thus Hugo used two genres to reflect on the poet’s role.

Novel: The big over easy, by Jasper Fforde
Poetry Collection: Mother Goose for grown-ups, by Guy Wetmore Carryl

Carryl wrote light verse at the start of the 20th century.  Fforde also lampoons nursery rhymes and even shares Carryl’s love of puns.

The inspiration for this post comes from a review by Barbara Hoffert.  Enjoy your favorite reading–poetic or otherwise!


*The English translation of the title is my own.