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Saturday, September 19, 2009


First time I've seen a link between Longfellow and WCW. I see the point that they're both "syncretic" in their material, though to my mind they've always been poles apart, since Longfellow is a poet for the ear, and WCW a poet for the eye.

Longfellow, however, was awash in the metrical (i.e., musical) ocean of canonical poetry from the start, whereas WCW was more of a well-seeker with a witching fork. Everyone will recognize the spring he found: swift line breaks, jarring enjambments, a deference of meter to image. A New Yorker poem.

No doubt I admire WCW more. But which poet's more likely to ring in someone's head for years, like those lines about Balder the Beautiful did for Lewis?

Regardless of my last post, reading this -- and seeing it -- never gets old:

"Spring and All"
William Carlos Williams


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