The Song of the Nightingale is Like the Scent of Syringa

By Mina Loy 1882–1966 Mina Loy
Nightingale singing—gale of Nanking

Sing—mystery

of Ming-dynasty

sing

ing

in Ming

Syringa

Myringa   

Singer

Song-winged

sing-wind   

syringa

ringer

Song-wing   

sing long   

syringa

lingerer

Mina Loy, “The Song of the Nightingale is Like the Scent of Syringa” from Lunar Baedeker and Times-Tables (Highlands, NC: Jonathan Williams Publisher, 1958). Copyright 1958 by Mina Loy. Reprinted with the permission of Roger L. Conover for the Estate of Mina Loy.

Source: Lunar Baedeker and Time Tables (The Jargon Society, 1958)

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Poet Mina Loy 1882–1966

SCHOOL / PERIOD Modern

Subjects Animals, Trees & Flowers, Relationships, Nature, Pets

Poetic Terms Free Verse

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Although born in England, Mina Loy worked as a poet and visual artist in Paris, Florence, and New York City, where her beauty and outlandish behavior shone at the center of several avant-garde circles. The eccentric vocabulary and syntax of Loy’s free-verse poems and their sardonic treatment of love can puzzle and offend, but no reader can question the work’s originality nor the poet’s fierce intelligence.

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SUBJECT Animals, Trees & Flowers, Relationships, Nature, Pets

SCHOOL / PERIOD Modern

Poetic Terms Free Verse

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