Harrisonburg, Va. (PRWEB) February 14, 2013
A gathering of poems written over author Jay B. Landis’ life as a teacher, Verse Assignments reflects a multitude of themes, including classroom quotidian routines, daily family, community and faith experiences, and more. The author has found much to respect in the deeds of love that surrounds everyone, and shows through his work how the meaning of life can be enhanced when expressed in the sound and rhythm of verse.
From his study and teaching of poetry, Landis is often engaged by poetic forms and enjoys the discipline of stricter rhymes and meters in older forms. While Verse Assignments contains examples of these, the author also enjoys freedom from restraint, and the colloquial vocabulary and informal manner of ordinary speech. He comes to poetry writing with the pleasant experiences given to him by the teachers of his lifetime. Landis’ exposure began when he memorized poems at an early age, and continued on enjoying the richness of poetic language through the rest of his life – from Chaucer, Milton and Shakespeare’s inimitable poems and plays, to selections from the present day.
Verse Assignments is a work from a true connoisseur and lover of poetry and prose. Landis’ work will prove to be a thoroughly engrossing reading experience for those with a great appreciation for the intricacies of the lyrical arts.
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About the Author
Growing up in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, Jay B. Landis liked school and favored the teachers who assigned writing and directed poetry clubs. His own English teaching career spanned 50 years. He is an alumnus of Eastern Mennonite College and holds a master’s degree from Case Western Reserve University and a doctor’s degree from Idaho State University. Retired in Harrisonburg, Virginia, he and his wife Peggy have two daughters and three grandchildren. For relaxation he spends time with the roses from his garden.
Verse Assignments * by Jay B. Landis
Publication Date: January 29, 2013
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