EBOOK NEW (Best Words Best Order Essays on Poetry) Â Stephen Dobyns
Apters to the lives and works of several of is favorite writers Rilke Chekhov Baudelaire and my favorite Ritsos If you Perfect Justice (Ben Kencaid, have the soul of an artist or if you want to knowow writers think and work I recommend To be The Literary Relationship of Lord Byron and Thomas Moore 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 whene 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 e was singing my song 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 3 chapters dealt 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 Very useful for serious writing 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 ighlighted freuently I believe there are some wonderful insights New Exploration here which will make me a better poet if I m able to make them second natureLike many of the other reviewersere 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 doesn t mean that chapter would be any less grueling for another reader The ending essay regarding Beauty started off in a promising way but it uickly devolved into an academic debate between Dobyns and Elaine Scarry Scarry is actually a professor I m familiar with as I deeply enjoyed The Shaping of Western Civilization her book The Body In Pain but the discussion Dobyns isaving regarding er views on beauty is deeply uninteresting especially when reading a book supposedly devoted to the craft of poetry. Obyns as added two new essays one dealing with the idea of beauty in poetry and another dealing with the almost mystical way poets connect seemingly disparate elements in a single work.
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EBOOK NEW (Best Words Best Order Essays on Poetry) Â Stephen Dobyns
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 The Ecology, Exploitation and Conservation of River Turtles heritage I ve read this book two or three times Since I don t remember a lot of it I m probably 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 itad a lot of insight with which I mostly agreed This is just wonderful Those who like me first came to Dobyn s work through the SaratogaCharlie Bradshaw mysteries then Medicine and Religion his lovely poetry are in for further revelations He is deeply learnedumane with analyses that are sometimes dense or at least reuiring concentration but also down to earth Beautifully done and well worth the time and effort it makes to follow The Hockey Saint (Forever Friends, his lively mind and the important pointse makes about the practice and purposes of poetry The chapter on Chekhov an artist Valentino he clearly identifies with is exceptionally beautiful and accessible This collection of essays on the form of poetry is probably the best Iave ever ad the privilege of reading Dobyns straight forward approach elp 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 drawback 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. 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.
About the art of poetry pick this one up Highly recommended This collection of essays was an illuminating exploration of poetry from a number of different angles the broad purposes and philosophy of poetry the Shunned historical development of several poetic styles and schools biographies of several individual poets line by line analyses of poems that broke down 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 afield 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 upis Next Word Better Word I can t remember Craving (Willow Creek, how many timesigh 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 definitive YES It s difficult to distill 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 Oba, the Last Samurai 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 a tiny piece of truth out of another world into this one How is that done This book defines many aspects of the craft and magic symbols and stuff of poetry truth beauty rhythm dreamarmony suspense and surprise And in the end what matters in writing is that we writer and 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 is craft lectures given to MFA classes He also devotes ch. 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
Dobyns was raised in New Jersey Michigan Virginia and Pennsylvania He was educated at Shimer College graduated from Wayne State University and received an MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop at the University of Iowa in 1967 He has worked as a reporter for the Detroit NewsHe has taught at various academic institutions including Sarah Lawrence College the Warren Wilson College MFA Program