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Awesome review--you do Ormsby and Logan -- and dare I say it, Randall Jarrell -- proud.
Very fine post - does all the things a review should! On the subject of reading aloud - do you have any suggestions as to how an American can learn how it should be done? I never had any notion of the possibilities until I heard M.H. Abrams read "A Red Wheelbarrow" when I was an undergraduate, or heard a Polish lecturer declaim a Polish classic. Our idea of how to read poetry aloud is sadly flat and uninteresting. (Of course, when I ask for suggestions, I mean something that will teach fairly quickly. ;-) )
Ciara, If Patrick will allow me to offer you a link, may I suggest another fine reading that for me was startling. It's a well known recording of Yeats reading "The Lake Isle of Innisfree".If we follow Yeats' lead, perhaps we are to take the metaphor of poetry as music a little more literally than we do. Maybe we're to pick a note, throw in some vibratto and damn the expectations of others. It seemed to work for W.B.http://www.poetryarchive.org/poetryarchive/singlePoem.do?poemId=1689
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