I've been reading "No Other Book" a collection of essays by American poet/critic Randall Jarrell, and it's very good and I recommend it muchly
I really like Harold Bloom actually. Haven't read any of his books yet but I've seen a fair few interviews and talks and he's so impressive, especially on Shakespeare.The Bloom video is interesting. For someone to be so buzzing off poetry. I've never felt like that really.
But then, you get people who say they don't even like music. It's not all given to us.
Not sure where I came across Jarrell being feted as a great critic but he's definitely worth reading.
Sometimes I get sick of him and his Shakespeare is God stuff but then I read something by him and it's always valuableI really like Harold Bloom actually. Haven't read any of his books yet but I've seen a fair few interviews and talks and he's so impressive, especially on Shakespeare.
Wow, very Shakespearian, hadn't read that before."Poetry is the supreme fiction, madame.
Take the moral law and make a nave of it
And from the nave build haunted heaven. Thus,
The conscience is converted into palms,
Like windy citherns hankering for hymns.
We agree in principle. That's clear. But take
The opposing law and make a peristyle,
And from the peristyle project a masque
Beyond the planets. Thus, our bawdiness,
Unpurged by epitaph, indulged at last,
Is equally converted into palms,
Squiggling like saxophones. And palm for palm,
Madame, we are where we began. Allow,
Therefore, that in the planetary scene
Your disaffected flagellants, well-stuffed,
Smacking their muzzy bellies in parade,
Proud of such novelties of the sublime,
Such tink and tank and tunk-a-tunk-tunk,
May, merely may, madame, whip from themselves
A jovial hullabaloo among the spheres.
This will make widows wince. But fictive things
Wink as they will. Wink most when widows wince."