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Soul Says: On Recent Poetry
In these essays on American, British and Irish poetry, Helen Vendler shows us contemporary life and culture captured in lyric form by some of our most celebrated poets. Vendler explains power of poetry; it is, she says, the voice of the soul, rather than the socially marked self, speaking directly to us through the stylization of verse. Soul Says, the title of a poem by ...more
Paperback, 284 pages
Published October 1st 1996 by Belknap Press
(first published March 31st 1995)
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I have alwasy been fascinated wtih the idea of poetry. It seems like such a noble thing to use words and allusion to paint a picture of feelings and emotions. How cool is that? Unfortunately, the reality is that I rarely feel like understand what the poet is trying to do when I delve into poems. As a result, this may be the first book on my list that comes in at less than three stars. And one of the few I didn't finish. Ms. Vendler was recommended to me by a friend as someone who said she was ...more
She is interested in poetry and right there earns my undying love. I wish she'd write a few essays while drunk. I wish she'd drop acid. This woman was told she wasn't welcome at Harvard grad school because she's a woman. Pioneer. She needs someone to guide her to noncanonical (sp?) poets. I blogged about her at My 3,000 Loving Arms: http://my3000lovingarms.blogspot.com/...