Anne of Green Gables
- member since May 18, 2009
“I am enjoying reading these poems again.”
“Although these poems are described as "poetry for young readers," this senior citizen thoroughly enjoyed them. I have seldom read a collection of poems so clever, so playful and inventive, and yet so lovely and lyrical. No obtuseness here, just brightness and clarity--a rarity.”
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Jim H plans to read a book.
“I had high expectations as I began to read this anthology, but was disappointed. Forty-eight of these poems are translations from languages other than English, which is fine, but many of these poems did not, in my opinion, translate well. However, there are several notable exceptions. Ode to the...”
“I had high expectations as I began to read this anthology, but was disappointed. Forty-eight of these poems are translations from languages other than English, which is fine, but many of these poems did not, in my opinion, translate well. However, there are several notable exceptions. Ode to the Seagull, by Pablo Neruda, is brilliantly descriptive and probably the most lyrical of the bunch. Frederico Garcia Lorca's The Unfaithful Married Woman is also very lyrical and lovely, as one would expect from Lorca. Boris Pasternak's Winter Night is superb, but my favorite of the foreign language poems is A Prayer to Go to Paradise with the Donkeys, by Francis Jammes.
Turning to poems by English writers, there are those perennial poems that one might expect in a "great poems" anthology, such as W.H. Auden's In Memory of W.B. Yeats, Dylan Thomas's Fern Hill, D.H. Lawrence's The Ship of Death, Marianne Moore's The Fish, Wilfred Owens' Anthem for Doomed Youth, and T.S. Eliot's Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock.
John Berryman's The Moon and the Night and the Men, Hart Crane's My Grandmother's Love Letters, Robinson Jeffers' The Deer Lay Down Their Bones, Philip Larkin's Next, Please; Robert Penn Warren's Lullaby: Moonlight Lingers, Richard Wilbur's Advice to a Prophet, and James Wright's The Journey are all deserving of the “great poems” moniker.
But my favorite poem by an American poet in this collection is the short poem Question, by May Swenson.
Overall though, a disappointment, but well worth reading.
“Lyrical but, oh, so dreary. Did this woman ever write a cheerful line? I think not.”
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“The first Christmas told from the perspective of the wise men's camels.”