10.04.2005

Poetry of the worldly flavor


I bought these two collections of poetry from Amazon last week, and they came yesterday. It should be known that I love poetry-- reading, writing, interpreting, etc. Love it. I was an English major in college, and I should have read these 2, especially in my Modern Poetry class. In all fairness, we did read 1 Akhmatova poem. But, just one?

Of course, I am really interested in Russian literature and poetry in general. Their culture is far older than ours, and I think it's more steeped in pathos because of that. It's gorgeous and with a mystical, weighty old feeling to it -- it's as if it has a patina. And Neruda is obviously one of the greatest love poets ever. You can disagree with me, and I'll be cool about it, but I don't think I'll ever change my mind. I can read some of his poetry in the original Spanish--it's gorgeous. I'm really interested in more poets that aren't American or British--anybody have some recommendations?

5 comments:

Rita said...

Neruda ... he wrote that great poem that Patch Adams read to his girlfriend. Oh how I cried. He read it at her funeral. Awful! And oh how I love that poem.

I have no poets to recommend, as I am not a huge fan.

Nico said...

Have you heard the John Tavener piece of classical music "Akhmatova Poems?"

LiuMai said...

I'm sad that you're gone...why do people always leave me?

Miranda said...

You're right about the Russian culture. And, until I went to Ukraine last year, I never realized how many famous writers they have. Statues of them are everywhere.

piouskatie said...

van jordan, macnolia so good