Wednesday 330

Kitchen criticism

Filed under: Poetry — Tags: — zundel @ am

I work my way through Camile Paglia’s Break, Blow, Burn and with it reread Paul Fussell’s masterful Poetic Meter and Poetic Form. Clive James’s criticism goes nicely with what Paglia values and gives close reading and what Fussell analyses and explains. Highly recommended.

Little Low Heavens” by Clive James in Poetry 2008-09

If one has ever built a sonnet oneself, however unremarkable or clumsy the result, the experience must be a help in assessing the prodigious flexibility of Shakespeare’s craft within a set form,…

The admiring reader is always potentially censorious, because the enjoyment is so childish: do it again.

All of which prompts me to reread William Empson’s Seven Types of Ambiguity. But first the introductions to the anthologies of WW1 British poetry.


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