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By Edward Hirsch

ISBN-10: 0547737467

ISBN-13: 9780547737461


A significant addition to the literature of poetry, Edward Hirsch’s glowing new paintings is a compilation of varieties, units, teams, hobbies, isms, aesthetics, rhetorical phrases, and folklore—a e-book that each one readers, writers, academics, and scholars of poetry will go back to over and over.

Hirsch has delved deeply into the poetic traditions of the area, returning with an inclusive, overseas compendium. relocating gracefully from the bards of historical Greece to the revolutionaries of Latin the United States, from small formal parts to giant mysteries, he presents considerate definitions for an important poetic vocabulary, imbuing his paintings with a life of scholarship and the heat of a guy dedicated to his art.

Knowing how a poem works is vital to unlocking its which means. Hirsch’s entries will deepen readers’ relationships with their favourite poems and open better degrees of realizing in every one new poem they stumble upon. Shot via with the passion, authority, and sheer pride that made How to learn a Poem so loved, A Poet’s Glossary is a brand new vintage.

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Honolulu: University Press of Hawaii, 1952; reprint, Ox Bow Press, 1989), 150. 4. Goethe, Italian Journey (London: Penguin, 1962), 258–259. 5. , 366. Proteus was a Greek mythological god of the sea who could assume different shapes at will. 6. Goethe, “The Author Relates the History of His Botanical Studies,” in Goethe’s Botanical Writings, 162. 7. Goethe to Karl Ludwig von Knebel (8 Aug. 1812), quoted in Ludwig Lewisohn, Goethe: The Story of a Man, Vol. , 1949), 200. 8. Goethe, “My Discovery of a Worthy Forerunner,” in Goethe’s Botanical Writings, 180.

Left: contraction of stem leaves to the calyx; center: succession of nodes; right: node with leaf. 32 The leaves of the calyx are the same organs that appeared previously as the leaves of the stem; now, however, they are collected around a common center, and often have a very different form. This can be demonstrated in the clearest possible way. 33 We already noted a similar effect of nature in our discussion of the cotyledon, where we found several leaves, and apparently several nodes, gathered together around one point.

30 It has been found that frequent nourishment hampers the flowering of a plant, whereas scant nourishment accelerates it. This is an even clearer indication of the effect of the stem leaves discussed above. As long as it remains necessary to draw off coarser juices, the potential organs of the plant must continue to develop as instruments for this need. With excessive nourishment this process must be repeated over and over; flowering is rendered impossible, as it were. When the plant is deprived of nourishment, nature can affect it more quickly and easily: the organs of the nodes6 are refined, the uncontaminated juices work with greater purity and strength, the transformation of the parts becomes possible, and the process takes place unhindered.

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