2013 - Classics, VOLUME 6

Hannah Faith Notess – Writers on the Classics #13

Page 2: Hannah Faith Notess on the Classics

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If all you’ve read is “The Art of Losing” in some English-class anthology, you may think “What’s all the fuss?” But Bishop’s sly and subtle poems keep giving and giving. A few of my favorites: “Crusoe in England,” “Filling Station,” “At the Fishhouses,” and “Over 2,000 Illustrations and a Complete Concordance.”
[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”0520205383″ locale=”us” height=”317″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51VYSWCKMZL.jpg” width=”209″] [easyazon-link asin=”0520205383″ locale=”us”]The Selected Poetry Of Yehuda Amichai[/easyazon-link] 
 
Whenever I wonder if poetry can have any purpose or significance, I return to Amichai. This book is my lodestar. “I’ll go on singing / till my heart breaks, first heart and second heart.”
Your Hymnal…

 
Here’s Mine:
 
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Has your church gone the way of the Powerpoint? Then I am sorry to hear it, because there’s a wealth of poetic loveliness in that dull-colored book in the pew in front of you. Sure, every generation’s hymnodists have churned out some real clunkers, but lines like “casting down their golden crowns around the glassy sea” surely belong among the best in English poetry. And if, say, you happen to be a poet with a short attention span when it comes to sermons, your hymnal offers many different meters and rhyme schemes to study.

Hannah is editor of the collection:

 
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C. Christopher Smith is the founding editor of The Englewood Review of Books. He is also author of a number of books, including most recently How the Body of Christ Talks: Recovering the Practice of Conversation in the Church (Brazos Press, 2019). Connect with him online at: C-Christopher-Smith.com


 
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