Poet's Choice

Poet's Choice #2020

Poet s Choice Edward Hirsch began writing a column in the Washington Post Book World called Poet s Choice in This book brings together those enormously popular columns some of which have been revised and expa
  • Title: Poet's Choice
  • Author: Edward Hirsch
  • ISBN: 9780151013562
  • Page: 118
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Edward Hirsch began writing a column in the Washington Post Book World called Poet s Choice in 2002 This book brings together those enormously popular columns, some of which have been revised and expanded, to present a minicourse in world poetry Poet s Choice includes the work of than 130 poets from Asia and the Middle East to Europe and America, from ancient timeEdward Hirsch began writing a column in the Washington Post Book World called Poet s Choice in 2002 This book brings together those enormously popular columns, some of which have been revised and expanded, to present a minicourse in world poetry Poet s Choice includes the work of than 130 poets from Asia and the Middle East to Europe and America, from ancient times to the present and demonstrates how poetry responds to the challenges of our modern world Rich, relevant, and inviting, the book reveals how poetry both puts us in touch with ourselves and connects us to each other I don t want to go on being a root in the dark,Insecure, stretched out, shivering with sleep, Going on down, into the moist guts of the earth,Taking in and thinking, eating every day.I don t want so much misery I don t want to go on as a root and a tomb, Alone under the ground, a warehouse with corpses, Half frozen, dying of grief from WALKING AROUND by PABLO NERUDA, translated by ROBERT BLY
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    A treasure for anyone who wants to read modern poetry but doesn t know where to begin or what to think of what s out there Hirsch gives us a large and eclectic sampling, and writes with such knowledge so as to make accessible what can sometimes seem like a brick wall His enthusiasm and appreciation are an education And I kept thinking as I read no one could say after hearing all these voices, that people are the same I mean, the plenitude of sameness had me wonderstruck We all love and cry and [...]

    Poetry is a means of exchange, a form of reciprocity, a magic to be shared, a gift There has never been a civilization without it That s why I consider poetry which is, after all, created out of a mouthful of air a human fundamental, like music It saves something precious in the world from vanishing It sacramentalizes experience It is an imaginative act that starts with the breath itself It arises from breathing It is a living thing that comes from the body, from the heart, from the heart and lu [...]

    This is, of course, a great way to take articles and create a book, without actually having to write a book from scratch However, this is an important book and a great concept that al poets and writes should consider following Most of us underestimate, and undervalue poetry In this book, Mr Hirsch selects poems, quotes the poems making this a sort of collection of his favorite poems and commentary on why the poems are good, or important I am doing the same thing in my private writings, but I wis [...]

    Hirsch is honest about the choices he makes for why he included particular poets and poems in this book He freely admits that his decisions were based on his own subjective preferences, and that doesn t bother me because I ve never heard of the vast majority of the ones I read about so I have plenty of reading material for the future.Hirsch splits this book into two sections, one for non American writers and the other for American writers He clearly loves Pablo Neruda, who by far has the most pa [...]

    Edward Hirsch is too in love with poetry His rapturous affection is evidenced by his overflowing, rather gushing praise of almost every single poet he showcases in his Choice.The book runs overly long, and before the reader is over a quarter finished, the reader is lost in a plethora of names and titles and collections It would have been better to pick a few poets and spend longer with them than to present a collection of extremely short introductions to a hundred or poets.I also found Hirsch s [...]

    Once, poetry was a common part of everyday life Robert Hass wants to bring poetry back into the lives of workaday men and women During the time he spent as Poet Laureate of the US, Hass decided to read widely and write a weekly newspaper column about poetry This book is a compilation of the columns Hass write during the two year term.Hass focuses on new poetry, but now and then he tosses in an old favorite or two New or old, the poems he shares with us, his readers, his everyday readers, are int [...]

    An award winning poet himself, Edward Hirsch expresses his deeply honored love and respect for poetry in this book In fact, it serves as an homage to the craft and language of poetry that produces great emotive responses in people With his short, essay like chapters, Hirsch provides acute commentary on hundreds of poets and poems featured throughout the book He shows how they have impacted and guided the quest of his own poetic vision and verse, and how they have helped him work to discover the [...]

    As Ed Hirsch says in his anthology, the original meaning of the word anthology, which derives from the Greek, is flower gathering, and these books compose a surprisingly diverse and colorful garden Hirsch was speaking of Robert Pinsky s Favorite Poem anthologies, but his statement applies to his own anthology, as well Poet s Choice is a well chosen and enthusiastically tended garden of poets and poetry, both American and international Reading Poet s Choice, I was introduced to many poets and poe [...]

    I picked this book up several years ago and took my time reading I dipped into it a little each day and was never disappointed.I love the variety of poetry and authors in this book, many I enjoyed but would have never heard from otherwise.Owning this book and reading an article or two per day allows you to easily make poetry a daily habit for you.I hated to see the book come to an end

    This collection of 130 newspaper columns that Hirsch wrote for the Washington Post, each briefly discussing the work of a poet or poets he admires, is like a treasure trove of bread crumbs which can lead the reader onto paths of interest throughout the poetic corpus Hirsch s love of poetry is wide ranging and enthusiastic and it s hard to imagine anyone but the expert not finding introductions here to new and interesting poets, and avenues down which to go exploring.

    I loved this book of essays on poetry so much that I reread several of the essays I m not sure I m ready to pass this one on yet Yes, this is a book of essays on poetry and, yes, I loved it so much than the two horrible novels I attempted this week and, no, I don t care that probably no one else in the entire world or even in the entire book loving world would read this book I loved it.

    This is a really terrific spin on the anthology idea a group of articles about poets and poems as well as the poems themselves The reader gets Hirsch s amazing depth of knowledge on poetry as well as his excellent taste in choosing it His prose is very readable, by the way perhaps not as lively as his readings, but smart and engaging.

    i took a year to read this book It sat beside my bed and gave me a few pages a night to ponder It is a way to read a poem a day which is an excellent idea and to have a wonderful writer tell you something about each poet or each theme It includes a section on international poets and a section on American ones I got to reading one of each on some nights I will miss this nightly friend

    I ve been reading this chapter by chapter since 2007, and just finished I ll let it sit, and then start again It s a crash course in poetry, written by a poet journalist teacher It reacquaints you with old friends, and introduces the new It s a boon to poets royalties in that it had me buying books every other chapter.

    Basically, it s a guy picking his favorite contemporary poems and then explaining why they re good A little self indulgent, but it s to be expected They re like super mini hybrids The nice thing was that he included over 130 poets, and it was split between American and world poets.

    Fantastic read Hirsch writes beautifully while writing about beautiful writing His incites into the history of the each of the poets and where they were writing during their masterpieces are extremely pleasurable to read His ability to show the humanity in the heroes we read is lovely.

    In each poet he features, he unveils mysteries of the poets worlds to me He makes clear the motives and tendencies of otherwise unknown or unsung chroniclers of pain and suffering Each piece allows me to unveil myself the metaphors and unlock the mysteries in each sensibility.

    A great collection of Poetry, with interesting information on all the poets It contains a lot of my favorite poets, all the most successful poets and some that are not well known but amazing in their own rite If you like a compact collection of great poems, this book is for you Lovely

    Edward Hirsch has compiled brief 2 3 pages details of some poets along with short parts of their work He clearly loves poetry to an extreme I had hoped to read through this book and find some poets that I might be interested in reading of the work I m not sure that I did.

    I was expecting an anthology, but this is a collection of short conversations about poetry Edward Hirsch s thoughts never failed to enhance the poems he presented His descriptions of poets were truly beautiful and specific Thanks to this one, I ve bought 3 other books so far.

    Some amazing poems I don t think I would have found otherwise One of the most rewarding books I ever bought.

    I enjoyed the poetic prose in defense of poetry Striking selections that I was not familiar with made it an interesting exploration of poetry.

    I love Ed Hirsch This is the book I could give to my aunt who can t stand poetry to explain to her why I love you.

    I ve found so many great and unfamiliar poets in here that I stopped counting The essays connect, coming as they do from Ed Hirsch, poetry lover, as opposed to Ed Hirsch, poetry expert.

    This book gave me a change to write poetry and I m happy for the change I m confident about myself afterword

    Analyze and annotate and anthologize your favorite poems as a project Choose carefully, wisely Make top ten lists Name drop, occasionally Quote away, ever.

    I liked some of these poems better than others, which is the nature of an anthology Because these were originally columns in the Washington Post Book World, each entry is short I would have preferred longer entries with fewer poems so that Hirsch had a chance to expand on his ideas In other words, I would have liked this book better in a different format.

    In this book, Ed Hirsch shares the work of poets who have impacted him over the years The poets he covers are not meant to be an exhaustive study of all historical periods of poetry, but rather a far reaching look at what Hirsch likes best I suppose this is what I liked most and least about the book by the end I felt that I knew the author quite well, but the majority of the chapters leaned towards poetic styles he liked and that I wasn t always excited by Some chapters really caught my attentio [...]

    A delightful anthology of world poetry, Edwar Hirsch s compilation is based on his column, Poet s Choice Divided into two parts, with the first part devoted to a chronologically ordered selection of international poems that share emotions rich in the history of the far corners of the world It is with a quote from Walt Whitman s Crossing Brooklyn Ferry that Hirsch refers to the Bard of American poetry to introduce the second part of the anthology Here he focuses on the poets of our own soil and p [...]

    This anthology by one of my idols collects his columns for Washington Post Book World and contains warm, beautifully written introductions to over 130 poets, spanning the globe s breadth of cultures and ranging from ancient times to the present Poet s Choice provides the perfect pace for exploring the history of poetry and discovering new poets I enjoyed every moment I spent with this book, with each new chapter feeling like a revelation, whether it s learning about hexes as a genre of ancient G [...]

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