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

  • From: JimKandJulieB@xxxxxxx
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  • Date: Sun, 15 Oct 2006 18:25:22 EDT

I don't know.....I have a cassette (obviously purchased a couple decades  
ago) of Cummings reading his poetry.  He's rather stilted and I found them  
less pleasing to the ear than to the eye.  Maybe it's just me.
Julie Krueger

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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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