The clipped and parenthetical lines, like all those commas in the final three lines of this passage, defer a conclusion to the anecdote; and they hedge against conclusiveness. It was a lot of work for me, and I often felt kind of bogged down when reading it. Secondly I am about as ignorant of poetry as anyone, despite significant education. The job would be impossible without that. Partly, too, the shift is psychological: The biographical and anecdotal es I should probably give it 4.
Miller laughs, and John moves toward him. Having lowballed the phrase earlier in the poem, Wiman now can raise it to eloquence:. Then I look up and I have none. How can anyone be so succinct in their writing? I struggled with the criticism – feared my own naivete and looked longingly for an acceptance I haven’t yet earned. May 11, Duff rated it liked it. Gerard Manley Hopkins stopped writing for several years because he felt it was not consistent with his profession of being a priest.
Love, loss, and the limits of poetry: ‘Once in the West’ travels through suffering to faith
There are things that happen to us christain, no matter how hard we try to forget, no matter with what fortitude we face them, what mix of religion and therapy we swallow, what finished and durable forms of art we turn them into, are going to go on happening inside of us for as long as our brains are alive. So I have a mixed edsay to the book. Which is not a bad thing, but not necessarily an easy thing to read, either.
The two appreciations that have lingered with christin over the years concerned Tennyson and Yeats. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Now that I have a Kindle version I’ll go back and read sections again. The book, along with its author, is successful at the task. When you taught, is that something you told your own students?
Bookslut | An Interview with Christian Wiman
There were two gates before we got to the road. BUT sometimes it’s hard to listen. His life story is uncovered here and hints of tragedies in his poems are given fuller background. His style is careful, measured, interesting, intelligent and chrisfian unexpectedly funny.
Also, some poets we work with or reject can be, um, difficult. Would you call yourself an atheist now? At the end of the day I hasten in fear lest thy gate be shut; but I find that yet there is time.
But the moment I step into a church, I start intellectualizing and arguing and I lose it.
I read her before William James and found her too frustrating. It is muted by all the intervening years, by all that has happened, both internally wi,an externally. Meanwhile, I’ve been rewarded with beautiful and brazen words that bleed onto paper; and, for me, Wiman’s words have remained earthbound by the very living b Wow!
Ambition and Survival: Becoming a Poet by Christian Wiman
Also, even during the worst of it, I always doubted the validity of the feeling, suspected that, like the impersonal stories I used to tell about my distant familial history, it might just be a bit of disingenuous self-dramatization.
John had lkmit in an argument with a stranger that escalated into blows. I pray, I study. Lately, U LuV these posts ephemera. The sound llmit form of the poem are everything; they buffet it against its hard journey through time and indifference.
Wiman exits the stanza by stating not only a theme, but the very title of his poem:. And it seems to me that Wiman consistently compares the poets he criticizes to Eliot “Crane was less successful than Eliot, christisn his life as well as in his art”; “Bunting was in life in a way that Eliot [wasn’t]”; “If [Bunting’s] Briggsflatts is autobiographical, it’d autobiographical in the way The Waste Land is I feel like I can only take the weight in her writing for so long, and then I have to go find something a little more optimistic.
If there was anything to be gleaned from Tennyson, it was in the poems of his youth. I sometimes wonder what difference that might have made. How did this play out for you?
Just rediscovered this under the two stacks of books tottering beside my bed. It should be a handbook for the best lit class ever taught. But I can understand it, at least partly.
I have found this tension very hard to negotiate in my own life. They had been thrown out of the bar by bouncers and continued the fight in the street. He attended and pacified, he instructed and consoled.