He also wrote a volume of fanciful and entertaining stories, The New Arabian Nights (1882); the ever-popular Treasure Island (1883); Prince Otto (1885), a lovely romance; The Strange Case of Dr. Hyde (1886), a story in which physical change in man symbolizes moral change; Kidnapped (1886) and The Master of Ballantre (1888), two excellent and widely read stories of Scottish life; and two collections of poems, A Child's Garden of Verses (1885), familiar to many English-speaking children, and Underwoods (1887).Stevenson's works earned him great popularity because of his clear and careful style, and his extraordinary power as a storyteller.
How quietly the mind climbs to this height As now, the seat-belt sign turned off, a flight Attendant rises to negotiate The steep aisle to a curtained service bay.
For Osborne, Steele’s poem hits home because he “talks about an aspect of travel that is shared by so many of us.” Air travel, for Osborne, is “a transcendent experience, but we as travelers often focus on the minutiae of it — the seats that strangle us, the neighbor who snores, the flight attendant who rises to negotiate the steep aisle to the curtained service bay.’” Among the readers who couldn’t resist Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic “Travel,” from “A Child’s Garden of Verses,” is Janet Cornwell of Manhattan Beach, who said its language is “rich with wanderlust.” The poem includes these far-flung images: Eastern cities, miles about, Are with mosque and minaret Among sandy gardens set, And the rich goods from near and far Hang for sale in the bazaar;—Where the Great Wall round China goes, And on one side the desert blows, And with bell and voice and drum Cities on the other hum;—Where are forests hot as fire, Wide as England, tall as a spire….
Although there are lots of ways to tell the story of a trip, travelers tend to pour their experiences into prose. I combed through the more than 70 responses — some from as far away as India, Sweden, Spain and Scotland — and found myself in the middle of a forest of old favorite lines and many more new ones I had never explored. “Quinquireme of Nineveh from distant Ophir” begins this short poem by Masefield, who was England’s poet laureate during the mid-20th century: Rowing home to haven in sunny Palestine, With a cargo of ivory, And apes and peacocks, Sandalwood, cedarwood, and sweet white wine.“This pick may seem very old-fashioned,” said Elisa Petrini of New York, “but as a child growing up in Detroit in the early 1960s, I read this poem over and over and dreamed of seeing the world.
To address that, the Travel section in September asked readers to submit their favorite poems about being away from home along with a few lines about how poetry has helped to open up destinations, deliver a smile or a smirk, or capture the sensations of life on the road. ____ Perhaps because its images are so exotic, three readers submitted John Masefield’s “Cargoes” as an example of how words and their sounds can create a longing for far-off places — even if you don’t catch their meaning right away.
Some of the words were exotic, and I know now that it was also the rhythm of the verses that I liked and the touches of alliteration in each one.
I still know it by heart.”Patricia Ingram of Glasgow, Scotland, agreed: “‘Cargoes’ captured my imagination at an early age, maybe 10 or 11 at primary school.Stevenson died from a stroke in 1894, when he was just 44 years old. Stevenson 1892 The Wrecker (with Lloyd Osbourne) 1892 Across the Plains With Other Memories and Essays 1893 Island Nights' Entertainments 1893 Catriona 1895 The Amateur Emigrant 1895 Songs of Travel and other Verses 1896 Fables 1896 Weir of Hermiston: An Unfinished Romance 1896 In the South Seas 1898 St.Sixty Samoans carried his body to the top of Mount Vaea, where he was buried. Ives: Being The Adventures of a French Prisoner in England 1899 Letters of Robert Louis Stevenson to His Family and Friends Bibliography and image source: and The Writers' Museum, Edinburgh Ad Quintilianum Ad Se Ipsum After Reading "Antony And Cleopatra"Air Of Diabelli's An English Breeze Apologetic Postscript Of A Year Later Armies In The Fire As In Their Flight The Birds Of Song As One Who Having Wandered All Night Long At Last She Comes Come, My Beloved, Hear From Me Come, My Little Children, Hear Are Songs For You Consolation De Coenatione Micae De Erotio Puella De Hortis Julii Martialis De Ligurra De M.but I’d lived in New Jersey for several years and I was awfully familiar with the tunnels and bridges that connected the unglamorous state with the glittering city beyond.... J., talked about “the two extremities of travel: the leaving and the coming back” while focusing on his favorite travel poem, “The Peninsula,” by Irish poet and Nobel laureate Seamus Heaney.This poem combines beauty and sadness and travel, all of which I was just beginning to understand as a teenager.” Several readers chose poems not because they describe particular destinations or ways to get around, but, as Carissa Green of Grand Forks, N. between the experience of traveling and the longing for home.” Green loves Elizabeth Bishop’s poem “Questions of Travel” so much that, like Kendall, she remembers that “there was even a time in my life when I’d copy the poem out longhand on loose-leaf paper and then tuck it into my suitcase when I went on a trip as kind of a talisman of words for the emotions and stress of a journey.”In the poem, Bishop might have been thinking about Green’s “tension” when she asked: “Should we have stayed at home and thought of here? ...”What childishness is it that while there’s a breath of lifein our bodies, we are determined to rushto see the sun the other way around? “When you have nothing more to say, just drive” Heaney wrote,“For a day all round the peninsula…"And drive back home, still with nothing to say Except that now you will uncode all landscapes By this: things founded clean on their own shapes, Water and ground in their extremity.Yet in spite of his poor health, Stevenson wrote two collections of delightful essays between 18.These were Virginibus Puerisque (1881) and Familiar Studies of Men and Books (1882).Since childhood he had been most interested in writing.Beginning in 1871 he started contributing to the 'Edinburgh University Magazine' and the 'Portfolio'. With everyone these days on the hunt for information — for tips and lists and facts — the poetry of travel has often been neglected.“We’re airborne, and each second we see more.”Soon, like passengers pushed into the sky, we get to these lines: How little weight The world has as it swiftly drops away!