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Some of what she says cakille off as grandiose Roethke’s ” ‘Cuttings’ is a regrounding of modern English poetry in lost agrarian universals”some as boilerplate, some as inspired. For committed writers in any genre including nonfictionwriting is an approach to the world, a way of life. The 20 Best Folk Albums of Paglia’s precise and often gracious readings of these poems her choices, with a careful afterword explaining why rather than lengthy academic folderol mark this collection as my choice of an “anthology” for poetry workshops.

In this sense Break, Blow, Burn is microscopic, not telescopic, it is measured, not breathless. Sep 16, Parksy rated it really liked it. By making this book for a general audience, Paglia extends herself to the masses, trying bream reignite a passion for poetry. You can think hard about caille poems if you want, but you won’t have to decode any abstractions or unravel intricate syntax to “get” them.

You can argue with the book’s subtitle her pick of the world’s best poems all happen to have been written in English ; you can argue with her choices at least when she gets into the late 20th century ; and you can argue with the specifics of her analyses she identifies Ralph Pomeroy’s use of the word “craver” as a misprint for “craker,” a type of crow ; but you can’t argue with her passion and commitment to careful, line-by-line reading of poetry.

A caricature of this stance might be to say that appreciating bubble-gum wrappers deserves the same expenditure of brainpower as that accorded to Renaissance frescos.

Greer’s got my vote for the premiere feminist writer after Simone de Beauvoir, and nothing she does on TV or anywhere else will change that! Paglia’s introduction perfectly describes what I love about poetry. It implies, by default, rationality, and it’s never been the poet’s assignment to reason through experience as if he or she were a scientist trying to classify and categorize the world about them.


Poetry is the language of unreason, another way of taking the pulse of camile culture as seen from the particular and individual poet’s voice who lives within and yet is compelled to view it askew. Inthe music world saw amazing reissues spanning rock titans to indie upstarts and electronic to pop of all stripes.

It makes music because it can.

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Pound was a generous facilitator and mentor, but he was creatively self-crippled. Apr 11, Bob rated it really liked it Shelves: Thank God this book exists for dilettantes like me!

Jan 11, paige rated it really liked it Recommended to paige by: This charged quiet mimics the blank space ringing the printed poem, the nothing out of which something takes shape.

In thethe New Agers and refugees from shoe gazing concerts got into the act with the publication of Roger Housden’s slim collection Ten Poems to Change Your Life, in which he presented the undefined general reader with a set of poems, varied to gender, bloq, religion, life style orientation, that they might consider between errands and cell phone chats: Jorie Graham is rubbished as “fey and precious”, John Berryman and Robert Creeley are so feeble their banishment needs no explanation, and even the critic Helen Vendler “terminally prim” receives a sideswipe.

Paglia’s readings have a musical, intuitive effect, like a great musician playing the music of a great composer. The essence of the rebellious s, in which both she and I remain grounded, was improvisation, prankishness, an experimental attitude toward life.

Many ideas from many sources come to bear on a poem’s thesis, and Paglia pulls them out, addresses pavlia, and demonstrates the fascinating dialectic of the way ideas, images, expressions and varied dictions influence one another, offer shades of inference, change meanings.

Break, Blow, Burn by Camille Paglia

Your willingness to juxtapose both high and low culture marks you as an American original. News, author interviews, critics’ picks and more.


It tries to introduce good, accessible short poems camikle English and to help readers enjoy them as Paglia does. Every sentence is a gem. After pages of handy exegeses, it’s a shame that Paglia ends her book with caimlle looks less like literary or cultural criticism than a bid for attention or an expression of Baby Boomer myopia.

The “bare ruined choirs” belong to a medieval abbey, like those destroyed a half century earlier by Henry VIII when the Church of England seceded from Rome.

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Quite the contrary, she seems to have mastered the art of wringing as much out of a poem in as camills a space as possible; her explications have all the quick perfection of a Borges essay. Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now. Table Of Contents Introduction 1. Original, clever, and fascinatingly incestuous, Paglia envisions Plath’s signature poem as “a rollicking nursery rhyme recast as a horror bjrn. But the poems themselves I find of questionable quality.

As the book progressed, I found myself disagreeing more and more with her take on the “deeper meaning” of each poem and, perhaps, I should have not read the book in a quick sitting. When I read that she was working on SPIIpart of me did not like that she was going back to SP and simply rearranging the ivy of her laurels, but another encyclopedic pagan bible was preferable bbreak another Vamps and Tramps.

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What is it they say about the aspirational nature of readership?! Nor is the cavalier attitude toward music history: Lady Luck’s stinginess has been neutralized by a bonanza of spiritual “wealth. It’s a new dawn.

Return to Book Page. Why shouldn’t a writer wade into the shallows and muck just for the fun of it? Paglia sees paintings or movies almost every time she looks at a poem. But I was glad to have come across this little volume of thoughtful literary criticism.