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Tuesday, June 09, 2020

WC 061020

Today's challenge is favorite poems, short stories or novellas.

The Iliad, by Homer
The Odyssey by Homer 
Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock by T. S. Elliot.
Minever Cheevy by Edward Arlington Robinson
When Lilacs Last at my Doorstep Bloomed by Walt Whitman
The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe
Old Possums Book of Practical Cats by T. S. Elliot
Prometheus Unbound by Percy Bysshe Shelly
Inferno by Dante Alighieri (skip the other two)
Paradise Lost by John Milton 
Anything and everything of E. E. Cummins.
Six Blind Men of Hindustan by John Godfrey Saxe

I've never seen a purple Cow
and I hope I never do, but
I'll tell you one thing
I'd rather see one, 
than be one. 
---Gellet Burgess

Short Stories:
A Reprieved Reformation by O Henry
Gift of the Magi by O Henry
I Robot, all in the anthology by Isaac Asimov
Whimper of Whipped Dogs by Harlan Ellison
Along the Scenic Route by Harlan Ellison
A Boy and His Dog by Harlan Ellison
Shatterday by Harlan Ellison
I could go ad infinitum on Ellison.

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Judy said...
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Marianne Arkins said...

Interesting to see "The Raven" popping up on several posts.

Judy said...

I see some well loved favorites in your lists, especially the short story category. Cannot go wrong with those authors! My post is here if you want to stop by: https://jhthomas.blogspot.com/2020/06/wednesday-weekly-blogging-challenge_10.html

Echo Ishii said...

Clearly an Ellison fan. Good choices. I haven't read much Ellison compared to other SF writers. I read 'I Have no mouth and I must scream'.

Lydia said...

Someone else mentioned that purple cow poem this week, too! I'd never heard of it before.

And The Raven is a classic.

My <a href="https://lydiaschoch.com/wednesday-weekly-blogging-challenge-favourite-poems-and-short-stories-from-black-writers/”>post</a>.

Wendi Zwaduk and Megan Slayer said...

I just bought an Ellison to read, but I can't remember which is was. Of course. I'm glad you picked Old Possums Book of Practical Cats, too. I love that collection. Good ones!

Melanie said...

Brillant set of speculative fiction stories, I approve! I've not been able to go back to Harlan Ellison after he scared me to death with 'I have no mouth and I must scream.'

I've never heard of that Purple Cow poem before and now two people mention it! It's one of those ones you can't help but memorise, isn't it? XD

Tena Stetler said...

Huh, I see The Raven in a few lists. I'd forgotten all about that one until I read the posts. Purple Cow?? I enjoyed your post. Thanks for sharing. https://www.tenastetler.com/favorite-poems-short-stories-or-novellas-lsrs-wednesdays-blog-challenge/

P M Prescott said...

Marianne, I figured it would be popular.

P M Prescott said...

Glad you liked them Judy, I'll be by shortly.

P M Prescott said...

Echo, read everything you can by him. He has a style of writing that rubs off on his readers..

P M Prescott said...

Yes they are, Lydia. I'll be by shortly.

P M Prescott said...

Hope you enjoy Ellison, Megan, he can be addictive. I've loved the play Cats for decades. Have the filmed stage play and now enjoying the movie version.

P M Prescott said...

Melanie, Ellison never scared me like Steven King. I was deeply depressed when I started reading I Have No Mouth, and it said what I was feeling, but couldn't express. It was cathartic as many of his other stories are as well.

P M Prescott said...

Glad you liked it Tena, I'll be by shortly.

Aymee said...

Great choices this week! O. Henry was a favorite of mine back in high school. And I laughed out loud when I read the purple cow poem because it's also one of my favorites. Makes me think of the old Shel Silverstein poem "Milk Shake"

My list

P M Prescott said...

When I was writing this I forgot about Silberstein and Where the Sidewalk Ends. Thanks for coming by, Aymee.

Gina Briganti said...

The Raven is one of my all time favorites and I Robot is a movie I can watch infinitely. I really need to read the original

Thanks for a great list.

I’ve shared my favorite poem here. https://thereikicafe.com/2020/06/10/favorite-poem-wednesday-weekly-blogging-challenge/

P M Prescott said...

I Robot is an anthology of short stories showing the development of robots,Gina. You'll like it.

Gina Briganti said...

Thank you, Patrick. I believe I will.

Michael Mock said...

That's a fun collection. I'd forgotten Harlan Ellison, and I should really go back and give him another look; I remember reading him in high school. William Gibson, too, come to think of it.

P M Prescott said...

Thanks for coming by, Michael.

Cathryn Hein said...

Wow, great list, Patrick. Nice to see another vote for The Raven too!

P M Prescott said...

Thanks for coming by, Cathryn.

Tanith Davenport said...

Ah yes, Inferno and The Raven. Good choices.

P M Prescott said...

Thanks Tanith.