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Poetry question for you

Posted on 2009.02.13 at 15:00
Okay, I'll admit it, for years I never had the appreciation for poetry that I should have. I wanted to enjoy the gorgeous flowing rhythms, the precise word choices, and all the rest, but, for the most part, it just wasn't happening for me. Anyway, a few months ago I took a poetry course through Indiana University and I discovered the wonder of Elizabeth Bishop. Oh my...the woman can paint the most gorgeous word pictures. I ran across some other fab poets as well--Langston Hughes, Sylvia Plath, Thomas Hardy, and Dylan Thomas, to name a few. But of all the poets I read, Elizabeth Bishop's work seeped into my soul. 

So, my question for you is--If I love the work of Elizabeth Bishop, what other poets would I likely adore?kellyrfineman I expect to hear from you. Your blog stimulates my poetry bones! :-)




docstymie at 2009-02-13 21:18 (UTC) (Link)
try Pablo Neruda - my favorite. And if you haven't seen the movie Il Postino, do that too. It's a wonderful film full of poetry
katysd at 2009-02-13 22:24 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks, doc. I think I checked out his work when you mentioned him once before. I'll take another look...

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katysd at 2009-02-13 22:24 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks, Kristy! I'll be looking forward to it!
kellyrfineman at 2009-02-13 22:18 (UTC) (Link)
Elizabeth Bishop writes lovely poems.

You'd probably really like Anne Compton's Opening the Island and processional. You can read about Opening the Island and processional at my blog, with some samples of her work.

My guess is that you'd also enjoy a bunch of Mary Oliver's work. And possibly give Jane Kenyon a go.

For more poems of a slightly sarcastic bent, check out some of the work of Anne Sexton. Bishop corresponded with Robert Lowell throughout much of her life, so you may want to check out his work.

That should be more than enough to be going on with.
katysd at 2009-02-13 22:24 (UTC) (Link)
I knew I could count on you, Kelly. I'm anxious to check out those you mentioned. Thanks!
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