Stephen Dobyns Ù 6 SummaryLlowing is a little of what I gleaned It BEGINS WITH OUR
AND OUR THEME IF with our intuition and our concerns theme If re lucky and work hard we take that raw material and share feeling or insight with our readers The meaning and the matter are as connected as the leaf to the tree thus it is the process of reading and writing the poem that creates the emotional alchemy And this process transports a tiny piece of truth out of another world into this one How is that done This book defines many aspects of the craft and magic symbols and stuff of poetry truth beauty rhythm dream harmony suspenseintuition and our
And Surprise And In Thesurprise And in the what matters in writing is that we writer and reader are changed We must enter the poem blind without the confidence we know what truth we will find Dobyns explores these ideas and in this collection of essays based on his craft lectures given to MFA classes He also devotes chapters to the lives and works of several of his favorite writers Rilke Chekhov Baudelaire and my favorite Ritsos If you have the soul of an artist or if you want to know how writers think and work I recommend I ve read this book two or three times Since I don t remember a lot of it I m probably due to read it again One thing I remember is that there is some coverage of Rilke s work ethic Rilke learned from working with Rodin that one must go to work as a craftsman Yet Rilke was not above needing. Tone and thoughtful appreciations of Chekhov Ritsos Mandelstam and Rilke Dobyns guides readers and writers through poetry's mysterious twilight communiues For this new second edition The chapters on Free Verse Metaphor Pacing and Tone WERE ALL UITE INTERESTING THE FIRST BEING THE LONGEST all ite interesting the first being the longest best I took notes nderlined and highlighted freuently I believe there are some wonderful insights here which will make me
A Better Poet If I M Ablebetter poet if I m able make them second natureLike many of the other reviewers here I found the chapters on individual poets rather boring and in skipped two of them The one on Osip Mandelstam was personally interesting to me because I like Mandelstam s poetry but that doesn t mean that chapter would be any less Grueling For Another Reader for another reader ending essay regarding Beauty started off in a promising way but it ickly devolved into an academic debate between Dobyns and Elaine Scarry Scarry is actually a professor I m familiar with as I deeply enjoyed her book The Body In Pain but the discussion Dobyns is having regarding her views on beauty is deeply The Venetians Mistress uninteresting especially when reading a book supposedly devoted to the craft of poetry I can t remember how many times high school English students students asked me Did the writer mean to put all these motifs and symbols and stuff into the writing Implying teachers just make itp to be annoying as if it s somehow less miraculous if it s not purposeful In any case this book answers the estion with a definitive YES It s difficult to distill the many ideas of this text but the fo. In this new edition of Best Words Best Order Stephen Dobyns further explains the mystery of the poet's work Through essays on memory and metaphor pacing and the intricacies of voice and. Inspiration as the raw material on which To WorkI Ve Probably Assimiliated Much Of workI ve probably assimiliated much of book and no longer know know which of my opinions are based on it My recollection is that it had a lot of insight with which I mostly agreed This was a good reference book to start my journeywith poetryI enjoyed ch 1 8 the most Ch 9 13 studied individual poets Rilke Mandelstam Ritsosinteresting but not what I was looking for I skimmed these chaptersThe last 3 chapters dealt with Time Participant in a poem and BeautyConclusion Prepare yourself for a long read Sift the information to your own needsLesson learned Don t read a poem and go after it as if it were an item on a final examPoem it is the experiencenot the final exam that counts This collection of essays on the form of poetry is probably the best I have ever had the privilege of reading Dobyns straight forward approach help enlighten both the aspiring poet as well as the tenured artists out there I found out informative entertaining and inspiring all in the same breath The only drawback in my opinion was the three of the essays towards the end of the book regarding three specific poets writers that Dobyns analyzes Although I found the fourth of these on Rilke to be absorbing the remaining ones were not as good in my opinion For anyone interested in learning about the art of poetry pick this one p Highly recommended. Obyns has added two new essays one dealing With The Idea Of the idea of in poetry and another dealing with the almost mystical way poets connect seemingly disparate elements in a single work.