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5 Paradigms: Poetry

“Little Gidding” (from Four Quartets), T.S. Eliot, 1942
Begins: Midwinter spring is its own season…

To settle on a single Eliot poem is an exercise in hopeless frustration, but “Gidding” is so demanding, and ultimately rewarding…
so there it is.

“Puedo Escribir”, Pablo Neruda, 1924
Begins: Puedo escribir los versos mas triste esta noche…

From Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair, Neruda’s lovely and melancholically ambivalent meditation on lost love.
(Translation here)

“Lady Lazarus”, Sylvia Plath, 1962
Begins: I have done it again…

Some may disdain the drama, but there’s no denying Plath’s mastery of word usage in her emotionally revolutionary poetry.

“Skunk Hour”, Robert Lowell, 1959
Begins: Nautilus Island’s hermit heiress still lives through winter…

The uneasiness inside a mind, by the archetype of the confessional poetry movement.

“Broken Dreams”, William Butler Yeats, 1919
Begins: There is grey in your hair…

Lyrical longing and remembrance as so inimitably expressed by Yeats, in another of several odes to his great muse, Maud Gonne.

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One thought on “5 Paradigms: Poetry

  1. I’ve enjoyed all of your 5 paradigms categories. I love to get recommendations from people and now I have several books, films, poets, musicians and artists to look into. Thanks for sharing!

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