Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Great Essay

This article in the New York Review of Books by Helen Vendler is one of the best works of poetry criticism I've read in quiet a while. Too many critics end up speaking a near foreign language when they analyze a work, but here, in the context of a book review Vendler takes a complex, abstract topic, W. S. Merwin's line breaks, and presents an accessible, tangible analysis. A great article if you're a poetry reader or looking to become one.

1 comment:

Ellen Steinbaum said...

Yes, a wonderful, insightful essay...and a perfect reminder--as if you might need one--to read Merwin's breathtaking poems. Happy Poetry Month.

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