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Poet 16: T.S. Eliot

Sixteen poets in eighteen days plus a Shakespeare play for good measure.
I concluded with T.S. Eliot. by listening to a recording of him reading "The Wasteland" on YouTube! (the internet can be such a blessing)
T.S. Eliot wrote "The Wasteland" prior to his conversion and when he was going through great problems in his marriage (loveless and something he jumped into before he knew the woman). It speaks of his thirst, and this was all part of his process in coming to find the TRUE living water of Jesus!
I will conclude this adventure with a YouTube video of a wonderful narrator reading "The Journey of the Magi" which is through the eyes of one of the wise men. It was written after Eliot became a believer.

Poet 16: T.S. Eliot

Yippee! Sixteen American Poets in fourteen days with a Shakespeare play thrown into the mix! No place of grace for those who avoid the face No time to rejoice for those who walk among noise and deny the voiceFrom Ash Wednesday

Poet 15: Ezra Pound

Background: Ezra Pound was born in 1885 in Hailey of the Idaho Territory. He was a leader of the modernist movement in poetry. He advanced the work of Americans like Frost, Williams, Hemingway, and Eliot in addition to Irish writers Yeats and Joyce. He had radical political views, supported Mussolini, was a critic of the US involvement in World War II, and an anti-semite. A colorful character by all accounts! He was even arrested for treason but aquitted and determined he was insane!
Now, to his poetry . . .
I thought he might be like Gross Ginsberg (forever will be my name for his creepy poetry), but it was very well-crafted and beautiful. I just didn't understand a whole lot of it! LOL! He uses many Greek illusions, and I am glad I have a bit of background in this. He promulgated Imagism which borrows from classical Japanese and Chinese poetry.
Though I didn't always understand him, I liked him.
This poem got the most comments on
In a Station of the Metro

Poet 14: Sylvia Plath

When Sylvia was eight, her father died, and she declared, "I'll never speak to God again." It is obvious from her poetry that she did not. She wrote over 274 poems in her 31 years of life. Her last one was written six days before she took her life in the dead of the coldest winter in England since 1947.
She was spoke early and was writing complege poems by the age of five. John Dryden once said,
"Great wits are sure to madness near allied, And thin partitions do their bounds divide,"
Here is one poem that she wrote eleven days before she died. Her poor children!
Your clear eye is the one absolutely beautiful thing.
I want to fill it with color and ducks,
The zoo of the new

Whose name you meditate --
April snowdrop, Indian pipe,

Stalk without wrinkle,
Pool in which images
Should be grand and classical

Not this troublous
Wringing of hands, this dark
Ceiling without a star.

P.S. Here is a website on neurotic poets I found fascinating.

Poet 13: Langston Hughes

Whew! After Adrienne Rich's poetry, it was refreshing to read Langston. He hit my heart with the African-American experience. That is one thing I have appreciated about Susan Wise-Bauer: she has included many works by African-Americans that have opened my eyes (Invisible Man, Native Son, Life and Times of Frederick Douglass, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, Song of Solomon, Up From Slavery, Paul Laurence Dunbar and Rita Dove poems).
Here are some favorites:
I, Too

I, too, sing America.

I am the darker brother.
They send me to eat in the kitchen
When company comes,
But I laugh,
And eat well,
And grow strong.

I'll be at the table
When company comes.
Nobody'll dare
Say to me,
"Eat in the kitchen,"

They'll see how beautiful I am
And be ashamed--

I, too, am America.

Still Here
been scared and battered.
My hopes the wind done scattered.
Snow has friz me,
Sun has baked me,

Looks like between 'em they done
Tried to make me

Stop laughin', stop lovin', s…

Poet 12: Adrienne Rich

I didn't really connect with Adrienne Rich. She is a feminist, and she seems pretty angry at men. This article she wrote sums up her radical views. See HERE. I don't agree with you Adrienne. Sorry.
I thought some of her stuff was pretty disgusting and not edifying to read. I think Susan Wise-Bauer should give a warning before reading her. I think some of Wise-Bauer's "Be sure to read" suggestions are not good! Susan, what were you thinking?
This one was OK though:
Living in the earth-deposits of our history

Today a backhoe divulged out of a crumbling flank of earth
one bottle amber perfect a hundred-year-old
cure for fever or melancholy a tonic
for living on this earth in the winters of this climate.

Today I was reading about Marie Curie:
she must have known she suffered from radiation sickness
her body bombarded for years by the element
she had purified
It seems she denied to the end
the source of the cataracts on her eyes
the cracked and suppurating skin of her finger…

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Poet 11: Mark Strand

I found many of his poems dear and others quite odd.
"Old People on the Nursing Home Porch" made me think of my visits with mom at Sterling Senior Community. I would love to sit and listen to these elderly people tell their stories. I wanted to write a book called Waiting to Die at Sterling. It was a sad thing to see so many of them have to sit there day in and day out so bored and lonely. I felt for my mom who spent so many of her days in the same way. I ached to have her live near or with me so that I could visit with her daily and have the boys and George visit with her too, but it was not meant to be.
This commentary on the poem resonated with me:
In this clearly-written poem, Strand creates a single, sustained image: a porch of elderly persons rocking quietly in the face of meaninglessness. There is no redemption, there is no escape but death. Perhaps, however, it is their isolation in the nursing home that robs them (and their stories) of meaning. What if they were roc…

TWEM LIST UPDATE: 122/158 (77%) - 36 To GO!

I thought it would be easier to have the ones I have left bolded rather than the ones that I have already done.I put Ancient Times and part of Medievalat the end since I have completed it.Medieval Times
1580Essays+MontaigneAuto 1588Life of Teresa of AvilaAuto DONE1588Doctor FaustusMarloweDrama DONE1592Richard IIShakespeareDrama DONE1594Midsummer’s Nights Dream* ShakespeareDramaDONE1600Hamlet*ShakespeareDrama DONE
Early Modern (1600-1850)1605Don Quixote*+CervantesNovelDONE1611PsalmsKJVPoetryDONE1667Paradise Lost*+MiltonPoetry DONE1641Meditations+DescartesAuto DONE1666Grace AboundingBunyonAutoDONE 1669TartuffeMoliereDrama DONE1679Pilgrim’s Progress*BunyonNovelDONE1682Narrative of Captivity & RestorationRowlandsonAuto DONE1690True EndCivil Government LockeHistory DONE1700Way of the WorldCongreveDrama DONE