How to Read a Poem and Fall in Love with Poetry

How to Read a Poem and Fall in Love with PoetryRead A Poem To Yourself In The Middle Of The Night Turn On A Single Lamp And Read It While You Re Alone In An Otherwise Dark Room Or While Someone Sleeps Next To You Say It Over To Yourself In A Place Where Silence Reigns And The Din Of Culture The Constant Buzzing Noise That Surrounds You Has Momentarily Stopped This Poem Has Come From A Great Distance To Find You So Begins This Astonishing Book By One Of Our Leading Poets And Critics In An Unprecedented Exploration Of The Genre, Hirsch Writes About What Poetry Is, Why It Matters, And How We Can Open Up Our Imaginations So That Its Message Which Is Of Vital Importance In Day To Day Life Can Reach Us And Make A Difference For Hirsch, Poetry Is Not Just A Part Of Life, It Is Life, And Expresses Like No Other Art Our Most Sublime Emotions In A Marvelous Reading Of World Poetry, Including Verse By Such Poets As Wallace Stevens, Elizabeth Bishop, Pablo Neruda, William Wordsworth, Sylvia Plath, Charles Baudelaire, And Many , Hirsch Discovers The Meaning Of Their Words And Ideas And Brings Their Sublime Message Home Into Our Hearts A Masterful Work By A Master Poet, This Brilliant Summation Of Poetry And Human Nature Will Speak To All Readers Who Long To Place Poetry In Their Lives But Don T Know How To Read It. Poetry needs readers Readers need Edward Hirsch_How to Read a Poem_ is simply the best book to read to learn about poetry generally and to stoke your passion for it It s an exuberant book which introduces readers to poetry joyfully.Too often readers learn the rules of verse , for example, that a sonnet has fourteen lines and rhymes a certain way, but they re not inspired, they don t know why they should care and they don t understand why anyone would bother to write a sonnet As a res
Edward Hirsch once spoke at a Poetry Therapy conference in Washington DC compassionately, brilliantly and I made up my mind to add him to my favorite contemporary poets This book confirms my in person listening I must have fifty bookmarks in my library copy here, there s wisdom on every page First example, in writing about Walt Whitman s Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking It is one sentence and twenty two lines long It carries me away, wrote Hirsch in chapter called Message in a Bottle Then he continues The incantatory power of this poem is tremendous as the repetitions loosen the intellect for reverie All this about an ocean wave I am carried away with the beauty of both Whitman and Hirsch as they both intended and that s just on page 22.It s about time in my life to be reminded of all the poetry writing and appreciation classes I once took Decades later, I know the players, always glad to savor them again at the Dodge Festival no longer happening or on Bill Moyer s Journal Yet reading Hirsch s book is a complete course in itself No lectures but digging deeply into the
I found this book, and Hirsch as a result, to be completely insufferable I don t know how it s possible to make someone with an unparalleled affection for poetry resent their chosen subject, but Hirsch came damn close to doing it Almost every chapter and every paragraph therein in this book is sickening, overly academic, gushing blathering over inflated pompous dissection Even in the instances in which Hirsch selected poems I already knew and appreciated, his slathering stripping down of everything in the material, and going on at SUCH lengths about how AMAZING the poems were, left a sour taste in my mouth and had me doubting my own preferences in poetry if they aligned with his.I am no stranger to close reading I love being analytical and intellectual but Hirsch, in my opinion, takes these ideas too far It should not take twenty pages to tell us why any one poem is worth reading and, what s , I don t feel like this book taught me one iota of what it mentions in the title Am I to believe that in leading by example, parading about his overblown, affected enthusiasm for the moments in which poetry has touched him, Hirsch is teaching me how to do anything There s nothing touched on in terms of the actual act of reading, the mechanics, the processes, the engagement with the text beyond Hirsch s stilted explicating of it In short, I feel I would have learned simply googl
I read this one trying to undo the damage of my high school english teacher Mission partly accomplished The first 7 chapters were helpful, the last five were a little tedious I love that people get excited about po
fav quotes We discover in poetry that we are participating in something which cannot be explained or apprehended by reason or understanding alone We participate in the imaginary We create a space for fantasy, we enter our dream life, dream time We deepen our breathing, our mindfulness to being, our spiritual alertness.Poetry is an animating force It comes alive when the poet magically inscribes a wave and thereby creates a new thing, when the text immobilizes it, when the individual poem becomes part of the great sea, when the bottle washes ashore and the wanderer happens upon it, when the reader experiences its inexhaustible depthsPoetry alerts us to what is deepest in ourselves it arouses a spiritual desire which it also gratifies It attains what it avows But it can only do so with the reader s imaginative collaboration and even complicity The writer creates through words a felt world which only the reader can vivify and internalize Writing is embodiment Reading is contact.We live in a superficial, media driven culture that often seems uncomfortable with ture depths of feeling Indeed, it seems as if our culture has become increasingly intolerant of that acute sorrow, that intense mental anguish and deep remorse which may be defined as grief We want to medicate such sorrow
I loved this book It was very rewarding to read I love books about other people s process, and Hirsch delves into those processes with great care and delicacy He reads poetry from a great depth and with a huge heart, plan
I really enjoyed this book I love Ed Hirsch s enthusiasm and his love and knowledge of his subject I appreciated his insights into familiar poems and his introduction to poets I hadn t read before This book
This book takes time and concentration best absorbed in small doses but what a read The title says it all One does fall in love with poetry Our book group is discussing it this weekend, each bringing our list of the best 10 how imp
In reading How to Read a Poem And Fall in Love with Poetry , my soul went to school for several months and was deeply nourished About six years ago, I was introduced to the poems of Edward Hirsch and was enchanted by them This time round, I experienced Hirsch as a poetry teacher par excellence I am awed both by the brilliance of his poetic gift and the lyrical lucidity of his literary analyses Hirsch wrote lyrically and passionately about poetry, which made reading this volume intensely and intimately pleasurable Savoring a lyrical treatise of a lyric poem was like adding honey to molasses This heightened delight repeats itself many times over for several pieces of literary commentary I especially appreciate Hirsch s perspective of a poem as a literary archway that connects the poet and the reader One of my favorite metaphors is the poem as a message in a bottle sent out in the hope it could wash up on land and find its way to its reader Hirsch said it well Reading poetry is a way of connecting through the medium of language deeply with yourself even as you connect deeply with another Reading poetry is being immersed, as Hirsch put it, in soul culture a communion with other human beings There were many moments in his literary exposit
Recently I heard an NPR report that poetry had been given a new life and new popularity with the internet, with YouTube, public readings, poetry slams, and even apps yes, I love the app from Poetry magazine Years ago, as an English major in college, I read numerous books and reviews that discussed poetry almost as if it were some sort of rare earth or a tarnished but cherished antique, appreciated only by the few In How to Read a Poem, Edward Hirsch celebrates the lyric poem as if it were a compelling song, an ode to life itself, a toast to the ecstasy and sorrow of the world.The lyric poem is the poem of the song, with rhythm kept on the lyre, and words wrung from the heart It is of course the same word, lyric, we use for the words of a song and with the same purpose to heighten and deepen the emotional experience No critic I read in those years of college expressed a greater emotional attachment to poetry than Hirsch, who relates not just the construction of the poem itself, but of his powerful reaction to it Hirsch says that at the most critical level, the lyric poem depends on metaphor It is as if we really cannot explain a deep human emotion with ordinary words but must turn to symbolic language A poem is a song, a poem is