The best selling author of How to Read a Poem and Fall in Love with Poetry selects and introduces the work of a still underappreciated 20th century genius.
Selected Poems The best selling author of How to Read a Poem and Fall in Love with Poetry selects and introduces the work of a still underappreciated th century genius
Selected Poems includes poems from six collections by Theodore Roethke, including Open House, The Lost Son Other Poems, Praise to the End , The Waking Poems 1933 1953, Words for the Wind The Collected Verse, The Far Field In addition, this selection includes Roethke s Poems for Children and excepts from his NotebooksFrom Open House 1941 Long live the weeds that overwhelmMy narrow vegetable realm The bitter rock, the barren soilThat force the son of man to toil All things unholy, marred by curse, [...]
Michigan native Saginaw and compatriot of education, I found myself intrigued by the life of Roethke than I did his poems foreword written by Edward Hirsch Overall, this collection had too many nature poems for my personal liking.
I had read bits and pieces of Roethke s poetry, but I have a much broader sense of him now In subject matter he compares to Whitman and his association with the land and all that means He is formal, though, probably in the line of Yeats, and he likes to compare himself to guys like Christopher Smart and John Clare An eclectic set of influences, certainly, but it often works He s a classic minor poet in my mind there are no poems that blow me away, but his work is consistently good.
3.5 I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.I feel my fate in what I cannot fear.I learn by going where I have to go.
My uninformed opinion is that the Romantic subject matter which Roethke took up the abyss, lost innocence always runs in contrary tension to any poet s choice of language The Victorian Romantics tried to hide their words materiality behind the seduction of cadence and rhyme, to make the sound itself a part of the sublime Roethke in his early poems curiously dissociated by implementing Mother Goose like rhyme, a building block simplicity and wisdom with which to apprehend that for which there are [...]
i love him don t you this little collection is adorable too.i love Heard in a Violent Ward In heaven, too,You d be institutionalized.But that s all right, If they let you eat and swearWith the likes of Blake,And Christopher Smart,And that sweet man, John Clares, roethke i d say If they let you eat and swearWith the likes of Plath,And Flo Nightingale,And that sweet, Ginny Woolf.
Read this on an airplane flight A few of the poems made me laugh I came back to this bit several times A wave of Time hangs motionless on this particular shore.I notice a tree, arsenical grey in the light, or the slowWheel of the stars, the Great Bear glittering colder than snow,And remember there was something else I was hoping for.
Very different poet, with an interesting, whimsical, almost childlike progression of sound and narrative, this selected poems focuses first on the rhyme time y verses and moves on to pieces that leave a bit room to open their sound The light sound with the dark undertone makes Roethke, to me, one of the most interesting poets.
Roethke s poetry possesses a profound passion for nature, love, and the human body his powerful gift for understating eroticism with such prowess only serves to bring his passions to the fore At times I could hear the faint sound of seams weakening and beginning to tear His restraint is absolutely tantalizing.
Roethke s gift is how his words can stop time I found myself in a still place with a stopped watch with many of his poems I loved staying there for a while before being called back for sip of coffee This ability to stop time and so smoothly open my soul to a particular place is what I qualify as the trait of the best poetry.
His poems about childhood are exquisite, especially My Papa s Waltz and Root Cellar He engages every one of the senses in his writing.
especially love his later poems
There s only so much a person should write about flowers and dirt and slugs Senor Roethke has crossed that line.
Something about Roethke s writing kicks my soul loose from it s foundations whenever I m stuck in a rut I really like his stuff for that very reason It keeps me on my toes.
I find Roethke damn frustrating often times just silly, often strained and histrionic but every now and then there s some perfect and graceful line that just sparkles
So beautiful Every other page is marked to go back and read can t wait to read of him
Early stuff is really boring Notes section is half great, half amazing What isn t self pitying seems to be too self consciously fun.
Amazingly spare and yet brimming with gorgeous imagery and a fully engaged poetic heart His descriptions, the elegance and economy of his language, are just stunning.