Monthly Archives: March 2011

THE SOUND OF MUSIC

I have written earlier about how poetry and music were often historically connected.  Today we think of poetry as apart from music, but in earlier times poetry was often sung or chanted to musical accompaniment. Music, in relation to poetry, … Continue reading

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A CAMELLIA FLOWER

A spring hokku by Bashō: In falling, It spilled its water — The camellia flower. Camellias are flowers of the cold and wet beginning of spring.  As they age, they fall with a “plop.”  This one, in falling, has spilled … Continue reading

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DECIPHERING HOPKINS: THE WINDHOVER

A friend recently remarked, “I don’t like poems that you have to figure out.”  That friend is not alone.  Most people do not like puzzle-poems that are difficult to understand, that must be deciphered or interpreted, and such poems are … Continue reading

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DYLAN THOMAS: FERN HILL (part II)

In my last posting, I discussed the overall meaning of the Dylan Thomas poem Fern Hill, and I hope readers now find it no longer mystifying.  It is, as I said, about childhood’s end, and how youth passes never to … Continue reading

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CHILDHOOD’S END: DYLAN THOMAS AND FERN HILL

In English there are poets of the intellect, poets who use words and grammar with the precision and coldness of mathematics.  In contrast to these are the impressionists of poetry who use words as an artist uses broad dabs of … Continue reading

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RICHARD WRIGHT: THE WRONG PATH TAKEN

In my previous posting I skimmed over the topic of Richard Wright and his attempts at writing what he called “haiku.”  Here I shall add just a bit to what was already said. In my view Wright’s “haiku” are useful … Continue reading

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