Selected Poetry Book I
Themes and Variations
About the Book
SELECTED POETRY, Book I, THEMES AND VARIATIONS is a book of poetry by Paul Shapshak, PhD. There are also 10 photographs and a cover photograph of paintings and sculptures by the poet’s father, Sir Rene Shapshak. Several of the photographs were taken by one of the poet’s sons, Dag Shapshak, MD. (For additional information, see the poet-author description from the back cover.) This book divides into eight sections, Pastoral, Mythology, Cosmology, Theology, History, Social, Economics, and the Arts. Poetic forms that appear in the book include Sonnets, Cantos, Epigrammes, and Haikus. There are themes and variations on the themes in the book. A point is never completed, but builds and stretches examining time shifts, time drifts, and geographical climes, explored with surprises, and some balls hit out the ballpark. Some are paintings done at the beach by cliffs or in fields by streams, every hour on the hour that vary in chiaroscuro, color, and overtones. The poet enjoys and hopes that you will as well.
About the Author
Paul Shapshak, PhD commenced writing poetry at age 15 nearing graduation from the High School of Music and Art in New York City. He was a music student, playing violin and piano, and conducting as well. While in high school, he also attended the Henry Street Settlement Music School in New York City, as a scholarship student. He then attended Harvard College (BA), New York University Medical Center, and Princeton University (PhD) all with scholarships. At Harvard University, he took an English literature course given by Professor William Alfred.
His parents were Sir Rene Shapshak, sculptor and painter and Lady Eugenie Palca-Shapshak, pianiste and piano teacher. He and his wife Solveig have three grown children, Mans, Helga, and Dag and grandchildren Madeleine, Sophia, Annika Renee, and Evelyn Rachel.