Download e-book for iPad: 31 Letters and 13 Dreams: Poems by Richard Hugo

By Richard Hugo

ISBN-10: 0393245306

ISBN-13: 9780393245301

Richard Hugo, whom Carolyn Kizer has called" essentially the most passionate, lively, and sincere poets living," the following bargains a unprecedented choice of new poems, every one a "letter" or a "dream." either letters and goals are exact manifestations of alone-ness; Hugo's specific senses of alone-ness, of areas, and of different everyone is the forces in the back of his distinctively American and more and more authoritative poetic voice. every one letter is written from a selected position that Hugo has made his personal (a "triggering town," as he has referred to as it in other places) to a chum, a fellow poet, an outdated love. We learn over the poet's shoulder because the city triggers the mind's eye, the friendship is re-opened, the poet's selfhood is explored and illuminated. The "dreams" take place abruptly (as desires do) one of the letters; their haunting photographs supply additional intensity to the poet's exploration. Are we overhearing them? who's the "you" that goals?

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Appellat . . optumum afleicta asper(e)50 duonorum optumo . . ' " ' " we are justified in scanning with hiatus to replace the anomalous pentasyllable with a regular hexasyllable of the form u x I x - x - 50. There is no trace of an " e " in the inscription, but the supplement is demanded by the sense of the line and can be supported by the parallel of capt(a) and duct(u) in GEL 3 . 1 . 2 : 2I : apud nympham Atlantis . . eorum . . simul duona multa alia in isdem . . e Troia . . multi alii homines .

Koster, Traite de metrique grecque2 (Leiden 1 953), p. 1 58 ; " De studiis recentibus ad rem metricam pertinentibus," Mnemosyne Ser. 4, 3 ( 1 950) , 47-8 and 1 52-3 ; and A. M. Dale, The Lyric Metres of Greek Drama' (Cambridge 1 968) , pp. 1 59-{)0. = The Saturnian Verse 55 {36lh'TT1T€ of Archilochus' 'EpaufLOvtOTj XapD\a€ was intended to be metrically equivalent to the latter and so evidence for the existence of a colon of the form � - v v - '::v - � . 70 And, even if Bergk's theory were acceptable, the difficulties in the way of assuming a Greek origin for the Saturnian would not be sub­ stantially lightened.

Herculis victoris) ( . . filios Barbati) ( . . flaminis gesistei) . • . . . . . . 4 : . . 6 : . . Scipio (3) meretod recipit -vu l vvx docuit Livius 23 : . . 2 : . . omma brevia 43. See the inventory in Leo (above, n. I ) , pp. 1 7- 1 9. Here and in what follows, forms with the cadence - - x are assumed to be metrically equi­ valent to those with the cadence v - x, on the analogy of heptasyllables, where x - x, with no significant preference for initial long or short (above, p. 28) is the most common closing sequence.

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