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Conversation Pieces: Poems That Talk to Other Poems

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This utterly delightful anthology gathers poetic responses to other poems in a dialogue conducted across space and time.

Here are poems that answer, argue with, update, elaborate on, mock, interrogate, or pay tribute to poems of the past. We hear Leda's view of the Swan; feel sympathy for La Belle Dame sans Merci, and find out how Marvell's coy mistress might have answered
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Hardcover, 256 pages
Published March 20th 2007 by Everyman's Library
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Allie
Jul 01, 2013 Allie rated it really liked it
I came across this little book when someone else requested it. It is exactly what I like in a poetry book: funny, heartfelt, well-documented (footnotes are ideal, but a side-by-side reference and referent will do great), and nuanced. Poems can be so interestingly referential, but I hardly ever know the reference point. This mini-anthology draws from such a wide range of poets across the globe and across time, which is a particular delight since I am not super well versed in poetry. I think the n ...more
Jessica
Apr 27, 2014 Jessica rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
Sadly, out of print.
A wonderful resource for teaching poetry: both the writing and reading of. Very enjoyable, interesting selection of paired poems.
hannah
Jul 24, 2009 hannah rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
This is the way I like to read poetry. I like to think about poetry and its relationship to more poetry and to writing in general. It's a bit of a stretch to categorize this as a book "on writing," perhaps, because it's really just an anthology with nothing but the poems, but Billy Collins' introduction is great, and really, putting together poems that are inspired by others or responding to others or making fun of others is a statement on writing.

It's also just a nice, handily sized collection
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Pamela
Jul 27, 2007 Pamela rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: all poets interested in conversations
I've always been interested in poems that "talk to other poems." In fact, this was a unit in a recent workshop I taught. This book has many conversations betweeen poems and poets, as well as a few arguments and wrestling matches. (I'd give it 4 stars if I could figure out this bleeping rating system). The Neruda-Frishkorn pair-up is especially good. The idea of "conversation" as having its roots in "lifestyle" is very evident in her response.
Becky
Aug 14, 2013 Becky rated it liked it
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Rough language in some of the modern poetry selected but excepting that, I ended up enjoying this collection of poems that "speak" to each other. Surprisingly, no commentary-just the poetry. Not most people's cup of tea but if you loved Marlowe and Raleigh's Passionate Shepherd/ Nymph "conversation" as I always have-you may appreciate this little book. Three and a halfish stars...
ABC
Apr 28, 2008 ABC rated it really liked it
I like the idea that poems can talk to each other. Reading this collection helped me get a sense of the continuity of the art of poetry, especially the super old poems talking to the modern poems. I also like it when contemporary poems talk to contemporary poems. Hey, I'm easy to please.
H
Aug 09, 2009 H added it
and wasn't it seamus heaney who said something like, "whoever said the first and last line of a poem signify its beginning and end?"

a delight to see harold, kimiko, and meg together in one book.
Alejandra
Jun 28, 2008 Alejandra rated it liked it
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This sounds like such a neat idea, poems that talk, communicate, and respond to each. It was simply good when it could have been great.
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