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News in Poetry The thing about Poetry.
Posted by Ozymandias on Monday, July 21, 2014 (23:09:36)

And I saw something interesting--you know, that Larkin poem , "They f- you up, your mum and dad / They may not mean to, but they do"?--the other day Rachel Maddow NYT almost commits accidental haiku: "They frizz your hair, these humid days.Link!

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News in Poetry Why literature written out of the First World War is some of the last century's
Posted by Ozymandias on Saturday, July 19, 2014 (00:04:52)

I do not rush to read books about war; in fact, I avoid them. But, strangely, some of my favourite novels, memoirs and poems were inspired by a conflict that claimed the youth of a generation and gave birth to a bitterly disillusioned modern world. Link!

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News in Poetry A Defense of Poetry - Percy Bysshe Shelly
Posted by Ozymandias on Saturday, July 19, 2014 (00:03:13)

The poetry in the doctrines of Jesus Christ, and the mythology and institutions of the Celtic conquerors of the Roman Empire, outlived the darkness and the convulsions connected with their growth and victory, and blended themselves in a new fabric of manners and opinion.Link!

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News in Poetry The Saddest Poem Ever Written
Posted by fogglethorpe on Friday, July 18, 2014 (15:20:51)

“Spring and Fall,” written by Gerard Manley Hopkins in September, 1880, and collected in his Poems and Prose, is the saddest poem ever written..

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News in Poetry The job of waxing poetic can be quite frenetic
Posted by fogglethorpe on Friday, July 18, 2014 (15:00:00)

Poetry is not as easy as Dr. White and I make it look. For one thing, you don’t just sit down and rhyme stuff. There are many different schools of poetry, from modernism to romanticism to surrealism through which we choose to shape our innermost thoughts and plumb our emotional depths..

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News in Poetry Scaling in Nature Poetry
Posted by Ozymandias on Friday, July 18, 2014 (05:54:28)

This is the final post in our three-part series on how to freshen up our nature poems. In the first post, we discussed how the changing role of nature in our lives and world could bring a fresh perspective to our poetry. Next, we talked about paralleling nature themes with other components such as human, social, and urban topics. Today, we discuss how scaling in nature poems can make them distinct.Link!

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News in Poetry Sandburg's poetry inspires patriotism
Posted by fogglethorpe on Thursday, July 17, 2014 (15:16:58)

Poetry News: Carl Sandburg's poetry impressed me when I was a student at Johnson County High School.

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News in Poetry Viewpoint: Poetry, poetry, everywhere in the Monadnocks
Posted by Ozymandias on Tuesday, July 15, 2014 (03:17:43)

A couple of headlines in The New York Times caught my attention recently: “Statisticians 10, Poets, 0” read the firstLink!

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News in Poetry 20 years of poetry - a comparative study
Posted by fogglethorpe on Monday, July 14, 2014 (15:04:25)

Some years ago I listened to poet/academic Kgafela oa Magogodi as he recited his famous poem Varara from his no-holds-barred installment Thy Condom Come. I listened with intensity as he hammered in every word with the precision of a coffin-maker..

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News in Poetry MOCAREADS: Re-imagining Asian American (and American) Poetry
Posted by Ozymandias on Thursday, July 10, 2014 (09:22:49)

When will American poetry and poetics stop viewing poetry by racialized persons as a secondary subject within the field? Dorothy J. Wang, Professor of American Studies (Williams College), makes an impassioned case that now is the time. Link!

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News in Poetry Performance Anxiety: When Poets Read Aloud
Posted by Ozymandias on Wednesday, July 09, 2014 (22:10:42)

American poetry has performance issues. If you go to a lot of poetry readings, you know well the feeling I’m about to describe: you’re feeling good, beer and/ or notebook in hand, when a poet, acclaimed or with just a handful of poems in the world, takes the stage. As the poet approaches the mic, you brace yourself: this could go one of two ways.Link!

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News in Poetry Lecture on Frost's 'The Oven Bird'
Posted by Ozymandias on Wednesday, July 09, 2014 (07:17:54)

SHAFTSBURY -- Robert Frost’s ‘The Oven Bird’" will be the focus of the program scheduled for July 13 at 2:00 p.m. in the "Sunday Afternoons with Robert Frost" series at the Stone House Museum in Shaftsbury.Link!

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News in Poetry Broadway Was Made for Tupac
Posted by fogglethorpe on Tuesday, July 08, 2014 (15:00:00)

Pouring through Tupac was the poetry of concrete ’hoods, of ganglands and cops, of the tragedy of early prison and death, prosecuting the New World for what it had robbed from so many..

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News in Poetry Editing Poetry: "Say It or Don't Say It"
Posted by Ozymandias on Tuesday, July 08, 2014 (07:54:08)

As poet and Pulitzer nominee Clifford Brooks states below, “…just as it is crucial that a writer creates his or her own voice, the way we edit is also a matter of self-discovery.” I couldn’t agree more. I’m a true believer in the idea that no two poets create or edit the same way, nor should they, but here Clifford Brooks explains why the process of editing is as vital as getting the words down in the first place.Link!

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News in Poetry A Defense of Poetry - Percy Bysshe Shelly
Posted by Ozymandias on Sunday, July 06, 2014 (00:06:06)

The drama at Athens, or wheresoever else it may have approached to its perfection, ever coexisted with the moral and intellectual greatness of the age. The tragedies of the Athenian poets are as mirrors in which the spectator beholds himself, under a thin disguise of circumstance, stripped of all but that ideal perfection and energy which everyone feels to be the internal type of all that he loves, admires, and would become. Link!

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News in Poetry What can poetry teach us about war?
Posted by Ozymandias on Saturday, July 05, 2014 (00:31:32)

There can be no area of human experience that has generated a wider range of powerful feelings than war.Link!

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News in Poetry Guillaume Apollinaire to Sarojini Naidu: the war poets you don't study at school
Posted by Ozymandias on Saturday, July 05, 2014 (00:29:23)

Despite the “cosmopolitan sympathies” of the poets, memorial events in the UK today are dominated by British writers. But there are many other literary voices from the battle for the trenches.Link!

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News in Poetry What is philosophy? Or is all of life but a metaphor?
Posted by fogglethorpe on Monday, June 30, 2014 (13:57:18)

In other words, language is incapable of expressing the highest truths. In order to do that, according to Wittgenstein, one must initially climb up the ladder of thought and language - as provided by his Tractatus - and ultimately throw it away..

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News in Poetry Poetry for children appears in many forms - lullabies, silly verses and stories
Posted by fogglethorpe on Monday, June 30, 2014 (01:03:49)

Poetry News: Poetry for young readers appears in many forms: lullabies, silly verses, thoughtful story-poems and jingles to tantalize and memorize.

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News in Poetry Poetry writing tips
Posted by Ozymandias on Sunday, June 29, 2014 (01:34:56)

Listen to criticism and try to learn from it, but don’t live or die by it. When I was in college, I would always take my best reviewed poem from the previous class and submit it to the professor for the next class. Invariably, the next professor hated the poem, and could provide good reasons why it failed.!

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News in Poetry A Defense of Poetry - Percy Bysshe Shelly
Posted by fogglethorpe on Saturday, June 28, 2014 (14:35:56)

Homer and the cyclic poets were followed at a certain interval by the dramatic and lyrical poets of Athens, who flourished contemporaneously with all that is most perfect in the kindred expressions of the poetical faculty; architecture, painting, music, the dance, sculpture, philosophy, and, we may add, the forms of civil life..

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News in Poetry The Neurobiology of Dr. Seuss
Posted by fogglethorpe on Wednesday, June 25, 2014 (15:15:00)

.. there are good scientific reasons for introducing old-fashioned nursery rhymes and poetry and using rhythm to teach language. That's exactly what we did when Alex got a cochlear implant. Playing with words..

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Electronic Media Nirvana
Posted by fogglethorpe on Wednesday, June 25, 2014 (13:11:39)

My books are books for use, tools, not works of art, although I take more pleasure in reading Dichtung—poetry, whether in verse or prose—in shapely type on a well-set page of hand-made paper, crisp, elastic, almost musical as you turn a leaf. I certainly enjoy the Bible, Saint Augustine, Dante, Shakespeare, Boccaccio, Wordsworth, Goethe, Keats, Shelley, etc., etc..

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News in Poetry A Prologue to the Literary History of the First World War: War Poets at the Ball
Posted by fogglethorpe on Tuesday, June 24, 2014 (15:25:00)

Much reading of personal history — whether it’s a memoir, a history, even poetry — evokes an awkward mixture of feeling: good writing affords pleasure, yet when it records real pain and despair we may feel guilt at our own pale, vicarious suffering..

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News in Poetry Why you would be a mug to be a poet in the 21st Century
Posted by fogglethorpe on Friday, June 20, 2014 (07:20:59)

And now, in 2014, we are celebrating the centenary of the birth of Dylan Thomas and, although his birthday was 27 October, I have caught three Dylan Thomas television programmes already..

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