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D from what I was looking for initially it was all rather fascinating and felt like being back in grad school in a good way 45 stars and I m glad I already picked up his Next Word Better Word This was a good reference book to start my journeywith poetryI enjoyed ch 1 8 the most Ch 9 13 studied individual poets Rilke Mandelstam Ritsosinteresting but not what I was looking for I skimmed these chaptersThe last studied individual poets Rilke Mandelstam Ritsosinteresting but not what I was looking for I skimmed these chaptersThe last chapters ealt with Time Participant in a poem and BeautyConclusion Prepare yourself for a long read Sift the information to your own needsLesson learned Don t read a poem and go after it as if it were an item on a final examPoem it is the experiencenot the final exam that counts I found this book less compelling and intellectually concise than Czeslaw Milosz s The Witness of Poetry Milosz but also less interfering between reader and poem and thereby slightly condescending than Edward Hirsch s How To Read A Poem Hirsch Mostly this is an excellent read into the evolution of free verse something every contemporary poet should understand this is our heritage This collection of essays on the form of is this is our heritage This collection of essays on the form of poetry is the I have ever had the privilege of reading Dobyns straight forward approach help enlighten both the aspiring poet as well as the tenured artists out there I found out informative entertaining and inspiring all in the same breath The only rawback in my opinion was the three of the essays towards the end of the book regarding three specific poets writers that Dobyns analyzes Although I found the fourth of these on Rilke to be absorbing the remaining ones were not as good in my opinion For anyone interested in learning about the art of poetry pick this one up Highly recommended To be honest I found large sections of this book of no interest to me Dobyns wrote many long essays on individual authors that I skipped However when he wrote in general terms about the purpose of poetry what makes a good poem the magic of metaphors the importance of pacing tone engaging a reader etc he was singing my song. Obyns has added two new essays one ealing with the idea of beauty in poetry and another Let Go dealing with the almost mystical way poets connect seeminglyisparate elements in a single work. ,
The chapters on Free Verse Metaphor Pacing and Tone were all uite interesting the first being the longest and best I took notes underlined and highlighted freuently I believe there are some wonderful insights here which will make me a better poet if I m able to make them second natureLike many of the other reviewers here I found the chapters on individual poets rather boring and in skipped two of them The one on Osip Mandelstam was personally interesting to me because I like Mandelstam s poetry but that oesn t mean that chapter would be any less grueling for me because I like Mandelstam s poetry but that oesn t mean that chapter would be any less grueling for reader The ending essay regarding Beauty started off in a promising way but it uickly Major Westhavens Unwilling Ward (Hh devolved into an academicebate between Dobyns and Elaine Scarry Scarry is actually a professor I m familiar with as I Major Westhavens Unwilling Ward deeply enjoyed her book The Body In Pain but theiscussion Dobyns is having regarding her views on beauty is eeply uninteresting especially when reading a book supposedly evoted to the craft of poetry This is just wonderful Those who like me first came to Dobyn s work through the SaratogaCharlie Bradshaw mysteries then his lovely poetry are in for further revelations He is eeply learned Humane With Analyses That Are with analyses that are ense or at least reuiring concentration but also Act Like You Know down to earth Beautifullyone and well worth the time and effort it makes to follow his lively mind and the important points he makes about the practice and purposes of poetry The chapter on Chekhov an artist he clearly identifies with is exceptionally beautiful and accessible I can t remember how many times high school English students students asked me Did the writer mean to put all these motifs and symbols and stuff into the writing Implying teachers just make it up to be annoying as if it s somehow less miraculous if it s not purposeful In any case this book answers the uestion with a A Guide to Americas Sex Laws definitive YES It sifficult to istill the many ideas of this text but the following is a little of what I gleaned It begins with our intuition and our concerns theme If we re lucky and work. In this new edition of Best Words Best Order Stephen Dobyns further explains the mystery of the poet's work Through essays on memory and metaphor pacing and the intricacies of voice and. .
Hard we take that raw material and share feeling or insight with our readers The meaning and the matter are as connected as the leaf to the tree thus it is the process of reading and writing the poem that creates the
Emotional Alchemy And This Process Transports Aalchemy And this process transports a piece of truth out of another world into this one How is that one This book efines many aspects of the craft and magic symbols and this one How is that one This book A Village with My Name: A Family History of China's Opening to the World defines many aspects of the craft and magic symbols and of poetry truth beauty rhythmream harmony suspense and surprise
And in the end what matters in writing is that we writerin the end what matters in writing is that we writer reader are changed We must enter the poem blind without the confidence we know what truth we will find Dobyns explores these ideas and in this collection of essays based on his craft lectures given to MFA classes He also Anthropology as Cultural Critique devotes chapters to the lives and works of several of his favorite writers Rilke Chekhov Baudelaire and my favorite Ritsos If you have the soul of an artist or if you want to know how writers think and work I recommend Very useful for serious writing I ve read this book two or three times Since Ion t remember a lot of it I m probably Anyone due to read it again One thing I remember is that there is some coverage of Rilke s work ethic Rilke learned from working with Rodin that one must go to work as a craftsman Yet Rilke was not above needing inspiration as the raw material on which to workI ve probably assimiliated much of this book and no longer know know which of my opinions are based on it My recollection is that it had a lot of insight with which I mostly agreed This collection of essays was an illuminating exploration of poetry from a number ofifferent angles the broad purposes and philosophy of poetry the historical evelopment of several poetic styles and schools biographies of several individual poets line by line analyses of poems that broke own the poetic and linguistic elements to a granular level than I ve seen and finally the backstory behind one of the author s own works While it took me a while to work my way through the book and some chapters were farther afiel. Tone and thoughtful appreciations of Chekhov Ritsos Mandelstam and Rilke Dobyns guides readers and writers through poetry's mysterious twilight communiues For this new second edition