[lit-ideas] his master (narrative's) voice

  • From: Eric Yost <eyost1132@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sun, 15 Oct 2006 16:04:08 -0400

I strongly recommend listening to a poet read his or her
work. One gets a better sense of their breath-line and
emphasis, and it can open up new appreciation. Hearing a
poet's voice is also a form of biographical information.

In the case of Merwin, there's a Caedmon recording of him
reading early poems. The little poem below, in his reading,
completely springs to life:

Dusk in Winter

The sun sets in the cold without friends
Without reproaches after all it has done for us
It goes down believing in nothing
When it has gone I hear the stream running after it
It has brought its flute it is a long way

-W.S. Merwin,  Dusk in Winter, 1952.

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