Inferno, by Dante Alighieri

Possibly due to my lack of college education, I've for some time been under the impression that many of these very old texts are read only for education purposes, and not for enjoyment. So when I came across a copy of Inferno in a Goodwill, and looked at the first couple pages out of curiosity, …

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After Nature, by W.G. Sebald

I've never been able to 'get into' poetry before. Now I'm thinking I've just never been introduced to the good stuff, because this book has really grabbed me and made me want to seek out more like it. The book contains three prose poems, or rather, three parts. Part one is about the 16th century …

Translating poetry: how can meaning be preserved?

I'm so enamored with Sebald that I got a book of his poetry, Across the Land and the Water (from the library, just in case it turns out I'm not a poetry kind of guy.) I've not read much of any poetry, by anyone,  but Sebald's writing is just so damn poetic anyway, I figured …

Hello world

It's my six year anniversary with this blog. Good golly does time fly. I feel my writing has improved by orders of magnitude in the past six years, but other parts of me feel I've just been treading water. Most of my progress has been internal, and not really evident in the real world. I …

Writing poetry

I wrote one poem in my adult life, five or six years ago. I think I might try writing another. This may seem unusual, seeing as I know nothing about poetry. But, I do know about writing... and what is poetry but a lyrical, condensed form of writing? I hate rhyming and repetitive patterns, though …

Poems

I haven't read many. I got a couple books of poetry (English Romantic Poetry: An Anthology, and Edward Fitzgerald's Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam) to get a taste of it. What else is recommended? What a big part of literature I know nothing about!

Pale Fire, by Vladimir Nabokov

This is the epitome of genius. Nabokov must have some kind of freak literary gene that makes him so good with words. This is one of the few books I've wanted to start reading again the moment I reached the end. (I think Lolita was another...) On the surface, Pale fire is a 999 line …