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reader ✓ How to Read a Poem and Fall in Love with Poetry ↠ Kindle Edition ↠ edward hirsch ↠ Read a poem to yourself in the middle of the night Turn on a single lamp and read it while you're alone in an otherwise dark room or while someone sleeps next to you Say Ng verse by such poets as Wallace Stevens Elizabeth Bishop Pablo Neruda William Wordsworth Sylvia Plath Charles Baudelaire and many Hirsch discovers the meaning of their words and ideas and brings their sublime message home into our hearts A masterful work by a master poet this brilliant summation of poetry and human nature will speak to all readers who long to place poetry in their lives but don't know how to read In reading “How to Read a Poem And Fall in Love with Poetry” my soul went to school for several months and was deeply nourished About six years ago I was introduced to the poems of Edward Hirsch and was enchanted by them This time round I experienced Hirsch as a poetry teacher par excellence I am awed both by the brilliance of his poetic gift and the lyrical lucidity of his literary analyses Hirsch wrote lyrically and passionately about poetry which made reading this volume intensely and intimately pleasurable Savoring a lyrical treatise of a lyric poem was like adding honey to molasses This heightened delight repeats itself many times over for several pieces of literary commentary I especially appreciate Hirsch’s perspective of a poem as a literary archway that connects the poet and the reader One of my favorite metaphors is the poem as a message in a bottle sent out in the hope it could wash up on land and find its way to its reader Hirsch said it well Reading poetry is a way of connecting through the medium of language deeply with yourself even as you connect deeply with another Reading poetry is being immersed as Hirsch put it in soul culture a communion with other human beings There were many moments in his literary expositions that were very touching One was Hirsch as a child stumbling on Emily Bronte's “Night” a poem that expressed the grief he felt when his grandfather was dying He reflected I will always be grateful to her for delivering up the wild moors inside me for giving me my childhood grieving through her bardic craft The other was how reading elegies allowed him to come to terms with the loss of a good male friend Poetry opened up a space in him that made it possible to name what he felt as an outsize emotion There were also deliriously beautiful analyses of love poetry with abundant illustrations of how love poetry rejoiced in extravagant analogies eg the Song of Songs In contrast an analysis that was unbearably incisive was his chilling commentary on “Edge” a poem written by Sylvia Plath a week before her suicide One great benefit I derived was being introduced to many poets I have never previously read A few have become new favorites Elizabeth Bishop Pablo Neruda and Anna Akhmatova There is a wonderful glossary behind this volume where one can uickly look up a literary term There is also a comprehensive list of all the great poems that one would be poorer for not reading What a priceless literary treasure this volume is In sum Edward Hirsch has awakened me to “the Shock the Swoon the Bliss” of writing and reading poetry Many of the poets referenced in this volume have long departed but they have left behind them a lyrical gift that is deep and indestructible And for this I am immensely grateful

reader ç How to Read a Poem and Fall in Love with Poetry ↠ Edward Hirsch

Read a poem to yourself in the middle of the night Turn on a single lamp and read it while you're alone in an otherwise dark room or while someone sleeps next to you Say it over to yourself in a place where silence reigns and the din of culture the constant buzzing noise that surrounds you has momentarily stopped This poem has come from a great distance to find you So begins this astonishing book by one of our leadi I found this book and Hirsch as a result to be completely insufferable I don't know how it's possible to make someone with an unparalleled affection for poetry resent their chosen subject but Hirsch came damn close to doing it Almost every chapter and every paragraph therein in this book is sickening overly academic gushing blathering over inflated pompous dissection Even in the instances in which Hirsch selected poems I already knew and appreciated his slathering stripping down of everything in the material and going on at SUCH lengths about how AMAZING the poems were left a sour taste in my mouth and had me doubting my own preferences in poetry if they aligned with hisI am no stranger to close reading I love being analytical and intellectual but Hirsch in my opinion takes these ideas too far It should not take twenty pages to tell us why any one poem is worth reading; and what's I don't feel like this book taught me one iota of what it mentions in the title Am I to believe that in leading by example parading about his overblown affected enthusiasm for the moments in which poetry has touched him Hirsch is teaching me how to do anything There's nothing touched on in terms of the actual act of reading the mechanics the processes the engagement with the text beyond Hirsch's stilted explicating of it In short I feel I would have learned simply googling the subject in uestion and being told to 'look for sound devices' in a given stanza rather than read Hirsch going on for multiple paragraphs about the sublime power of a single punctuation mark in one poem yes that really happensIn short this book felt to me like the antithesis of poety Kudos to people who have enjoyed it and further poetry subseuently as a result but I found it sickening and am left worrying about whether young minds seeking an introduction to an already challenging subject might have a potential lifelong interest uashed forever in the same way I almost did

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How to Read a Poem and Fall in Love with PoetryNg poets and critics In an unprecedented exploration of the genre Hirsch writes about what poetry is why it matters and how we can open up our imaginations so that its message which is of vital importance in day to day life can reach us and make a difference For Hirsch poetry is not just a part of life it is life and expresses like no other art our most sublime emotions In a marvelous reading of world poetry includi Edward Hirsch once spoke at a Poetry Therapy conference in Washington DC compassionately brilliantly and I made up my mind to add him to my favorite contemporary poets This book confirms my in person listening I must have fifty bookmarks in my library copy here there's wisdom on every page First example in writing about Walt Whitman's Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking It is one sentence and twenty two lines long It carries me away wrote Hirsch in chapter called 'Message in a Bottle' Then he continues The incantatory power of this poem is tremendous as the repetitions loosen the intellect for reverie All this about an ocean wave I am carried away with the beauty of both Whitman and Hirsch as they both intended and that's just on page 22It's about time in my life to be reminded of all the poetry writing and appreciation classes I once took Decades later I know the players always glad to savor them again at the Dodge Festival no longer happening or on Bill Moyer's Journal Yet reading Hirsch's book is a complete course in itself No lectures but digging deeply into the works and results of a poem This book could be a delight to anyone who can still read American English As opposed to alphabet words which I admit serve their purposes on the go Here are some uotes to treasure'Dramatize dramatize' Frost directed the poet and Akhmatova takes the clue here in spades p126Speaking of Auden and James Merrill's epic trilogy To bring forth figures to speak from the otherworld is inevitably to enter into the range and territory of the Divine Comedy p141 This book is a solace to writer's struggling to reinvent writing Hirsch seems to say you are not alone your ancestors in literature are benedictions to you should you turn and look their wayYeah I loved this book And now have to actually return it to the library after four renewals so will perforce buy my own For the Glossary subtitled The Pleasure of the Text which is a uick course in literary machinations For the world's poets in A Reading List and the Pleasure of the Catalog For the Index which is a precis of the book plus page numbers I am going to stop this praise and order two copies now