Monthly Archives: March 2014

Sharon Olds’ “September, 2001”

When I first went to read Sharon Old’s’ poem, “September, 2001,” I was expecting it to be a lot more “engaging” than it actually was. The title gave me the impression that it was going to be more about September … Continue reading

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More on Engaged Poetry

I was looking around the internet for some more takes on what engaged poetry is. Through a blog I came across this essay about engaged poetry. I especially liked the very first quote at the beginning: “The ‘engaged’ writer knows … Continue reading

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Sharon Olds and the Engagement of Poetry

When I first encountered September, 2011, I think it’s a classic Olds poem that features a confessional style. The first line of the poem “A week later, I said to a friend: I don’t/ think I could ever write about … Continue reading

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Midwestern Death Poems

Since I didn’t get to talk about this last week, I’ll talk about it this week. Theune and Austin collaborated on a collection of haiku, based on a collection of poems called Japanese Death Poems. They are really interesting. I’ll … Continue reading

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Bernstein

I did the third question for the homework about Bernstein and “meaningful engagement”. I think his views on art, namely poetry, being an important factor in making moral decisions is valid. However, I definitely don’t think that for a poem … Continue reading

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Olds: Engaged Poetry

For the homework assignment for Monday, I looked at the Sharon Olds poem and decided it had some engaged elements, perhaps, though like Emily said about Merwin, I feel the same way that I don’t think it fits into this … Continue reading

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Bernstein’s Post

I did the third question for the homework, and I completely disagree with Bernstein. I think that in order for a poem to be engaged, it does not mean that it has to be difficult to understand or complex. Granted, … Continue reading

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Merwin’s Engaged Poems

I decided to the first question for Monday’s homework assignment and I fell in love with Merwin’s poems. Although I do not think they really fit into the anthology, his appreciation of nature and description of it as well is … Continue reading

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Gregerson’s “Sweet” Reading

Linda Gregerson’s poem “Sweet” was a rather confusing poem to both comprehend and read. I found an excellent reading of this poem done by Linda herself at Penn State University. It was read with fluctuations in the tone of her … Continue reading

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The Ways of Hicok

The poem “Happy Anniversary March 16th 2006” that we read as a class, chilled me with its honesty and its biting satirical observation of war, and society.  As I read the rest of Hicok’s collection in The New American Poetry … Continue reading

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