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Songs for the Open Road: Poems of Travel and Adventure

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Most of us, at one time or another, have experienced wanderlust. For many, the desire to explore is almost irresistible. Now for devotees of poetry, and for those who long for the open road, this highly affordable collection contains a rich selection of poems about travel and adventure.
You’ll find more than 90 poems by 50 American and British masters (mainly from the ninet
Paperback, 80 pages
Published December 23rd 1998 by Dover Publications
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Zachary Littrell
Jun 08, 2014 Zachary Littrell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A lovely, inexpensive collection of poems, perfect to inspire the entire gamut of emotions traveling engenders, from wanderlust to homesickness. If you want to travel or to go home, to go by air or by sea or by foot, you will have no trouble finding the right poem for you, with a variety of poets and styles to choose from.

Although it's also a strength, I found the selection of poems could have been trimmed, or at least better arranged. Too often, the next poem would be a little too similar and t
This is the third of four Dover poetry anthologies that I am reviewing. As is the case with the others, this is an inexpensive, easily portable volume.

There are 99 poems by 62 different poets. Includes 'A' Listers such as Browning, Cummings, Dickinson, Eliot, Frost, Longfellow, Nash, Poe, Sandburg, Whitman, and Yeats. Though the narrow focus of the subject matter also allows for inclusion of lesser known poets who might not be recognized otherwise. The pieces are organized into three sections: S
D.M. Kilgore
Mar 29, 2014 D.M. Kilgore rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Poetry Lovers, Poets, Students, Travelers
An excellent collection of poems about traveling by cars, trains, ships, planes, even chariots! The feel of the entire book is one of wandering inspiration. If you have a gypsy soul these poems are sure to stir it. There are as wide a variety of topics as there are vehicles by which to enjoy them. It covers works by Frost and Longfellow, which I really enjoyed reading (as always) but there are so many great poets in the pages that I simply can't list them all here. By the final page you'll be re ...more
Jan 29, 2015 Tracey rated it it was amazing
A nice collection of poetry. I enjoyed reading them and doing my best to figure out meanings. Some beautiful and some sad but all wonderful! My favorites where "Acquainted with the Night" by Robert Frost and "The Stolen Child" by William Butler Yeats
Liz Banks
Aug 05, 2016 Liz Banks rated it really liked it
I started this right after a vacation. It is an anthology of poets. The chapters are: The Open Road; Sea, Rail and Sky; and Home, Rest and Final Voyages. I was in the mood and this slim volume was right on.
Worth it to know Ogden Nash calls cars "chromium weasels" and to discover Constantine Cavafy's "Ithaka"
Apr 13, 2016 Landon rated it really liked it
I liked this book and the song/poems that were in this book.
Nate Jordon
Feb 12, 2008 Nate Jordon rated it really liked it
For my thesis research...

Here I discovered Robert Service - a phenomenal poet in my respect. His poems sit beside Walt Whitman's, e.e. cummings, Robert Frost, and even the Bible in this collection. It's a nice menagerie of poems and poets, though very small - about seventy pages total. My only issue with the text is the range of works does not solely focus on the "open road" - there's poems of sea, air, and rail travel too. This would be more aptly titled "Wanderlust: Poems for the Nomad" or som
Jan 30, 2011 Erika rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
A great collection of poems about traveling. Trains, cars, ships, planes, chariots, and so many other types of vehicles are mentioned in this book. It's got a wide range of topics, such homesickness, life at sea, Greek myths... there's even one poem about fairies! My favorite ones were by Robert Frost and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, but there were so many great authors beside them. By the end of the book you'll be yearning for new places and adventure.
Faith McKay
Jul 28, 2010 Faith McKay rated it really liked it
Shelves: travel, poetry
As others have pointed out, this is a collection of poems by various authors, not just Walt Whitman.

This is a really great, fun (albeit short) collection of poems all about travel! This is exactly what I was looking for. It's fun, inspiring, and I found some new poets to check out, I definitely recommend going through this little book.
Lesley Looper
Oct 18, 2009 Lesley Looper rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry, 2009
Nice collection of travel/adventure-related poetry! Although Whitman comes up as the author of this book, there are numerous poets included in this book. Enjoyed it.
Feb 01, 2015 Eva rated it liked it
I love the "old-fashioned" poetry, like Longfellow, Byron, Poe even, but modern poetry isn't for me.
Besides, a well-chosen collection
Nov 22, 2013 Peter rated it it was amazing
This book can be compared to the bible of poetry and should be read by anyone who enjoys diving into the depths of poetry.
Sep 02, 2008 Ian rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
This is not just the Walt Whitman poem, it is a collection of American poems about travel. Rucksack revolution indeed!
Aug 05, 2007 Amanda rated it liked it
Got it in the glove compartment of my brand new '98 VW Golf, which was awesome.
Lisa Marie
Jan 21, 2008 Lisa Marie rated it it was ok
Not very exciting choices.
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“Afoot and light-hearted I take to the open road.
Healthy, free, the world before me.
The long brown path before me leading me wherever I choose.
Henceforth, I ask not good fortune, I myself am good fortune.
Henceforth, I whimper no more, postpone no more, need nothing.”
“Into My Heart an Air That Kills Into my heart an air that kills From yon far country blows: What are those blue remembered hills, What spires, what farms are those?   That is the land of lost content, I see it shining plain, The happy highways where I went And cannot come again. A. E. Housman Love of Country” 0 likes
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