Gautier, Hugo, and Leconte de Lisle were the three contemporary French poets for whom Charles Baudelaire felt the greatest admiration, although he had no time for formalism, didacticism, or the cult of antiquity. Regular acts of indiscipline led to his being expelled from the school after a trivial incident in April The voyage had deepened and enriched his imagination, however, and his brief encounter with the tropics would endow his writing with an abundance of exotic images and sensations and an everlasting theme of nostalgic reverie.
Poems -- and is currently a chancellor of the American Academy of Poets, so few are more well-positioned to demystify poetry for readers. In her new essay collection, Ten Windows: How Great Poems Transform the World, Hirshfield continues a prose exploration of the poetic form commenced in her earlier collection Nine Gates: Entering the Mind of Poetry.
She reveals to us what poetry truly is, and what it can offer us. Below, Jane Hirshfield talks about the best-kept secrets of poetry -- plus, an excerpt from Ten Windows: Poetry is perhaps the instrument able to play more parts of a life at once.
In the registries of grief, they show us that beauty still exists. Amid happiness, they remind us of longing and transience. Poems offer ways to say a larger yes to what in our lives is not answerable by the straightforward and simple.
I mean by that almost any moment of any day, if you look closely. What led you to fall in love with poetry? The question might equally be, why do some people lose their love of it? All who are small and new to words love poems, their giddy sound-and-sense-making.
Whatever the darkness brings, you will survive it, as others have Poems include the unincludable, too, and make even that welcome. They remind that our lives are larger and more mysterious than we sometimes feel them. I needed that life raft, as a child. What is the most important thing to do when reading a poem?
Listen, without worrying too quickly about whether you understand or not. You feel a poem is good if, having read it, you find yourself at its end a different person -- larger, more permeable, wilder, more awake, more informed, more saddened, more free.
Good poems do this without simplifying our human particularity, range, and oddness. They are themselves singular, memorable, and as unmistakably real and consequential as any other event in a life.
Reading good poems, you feel yourself singular and also part of a common existence. But one thing good poems do is take what seems ordinary and burnish it with the motions of paid attention, until its radiance and astonishment can again be seen.
Looking out a window. Existence itself is nothing if not an amazement. Good poems restore amazement. They are also, always, instruments of further discovery. How does reading poetry change us as people? It makes us more permeable, more compassionate, more rigorous, and, in needed ways, smarter.
I mean that in the broadest sense: Or at least, let me say this: So much of the illness of the contemporary world comes from living in silo-mind, fixed inside received concepts and purpose. Good poems take down the silos. They are windows flung open.
What do most people not understand well enough about poetry? Perhaps that a poem is there, available, waiting for them when it might be needed. A lyric poem is at bottom an intimate speaking, the seismograph and footprints of actual life.Best poems and quotes from famous poets.
Read romantic love poems, love quotes, classic poems and best poems. All famous quotes. How to Analyze Poetry Bookmark this page Manage My Reading List To understand the multiple meanings of a poem, readers must examine its words and phrasing from the perspectives of rhythm, sound, images, obvious meaning, and implied meaning.
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