America’s most provocative intellectual brings her blazing powers of analysis to the most famous poems of the Western tradition—and unearths. Break, Blow, Burn By Camille Paglia. pp. Pantheon Books. $ CLEARLY designed as a come-on for bright students who don’t yet know. CLEARLY designed as a come-on for bright students who don’t yet know very much about poetry, Camille Paglia’s new book anthologizes

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Far from arriving at a uniform opinion, the author’s interpretation frequently diverged from my own, specifically when inflating the sexual subtext. In her first essay, on Shakespeare’s Sonnet 73, Paglia writes: The term ”a poem” is one we have to use, because our author is strong on the point that a poet should be measured by individual poems, and not by a ”body of.

Paglia’s text is a delight for those with short attention spans, devoting a few pages of commentary for each poem, and clearly linking her inferences to quotations from the text. Walt Whitman, Song of Myself Herbert italicizes his inner voice ” But thou shalt answer, Lord, for me ” because it’s unheard — or rather heard only by the reader.

For those who are already steeped in poetry, I suspect it will be an enjoyable, and perhaps camklle, reading experience. So Paglia vlow put down her Molotov cocktails and picked up the lyre to sing the praises of 43 poems, ranging from Shakespeare and Wordsworth to Sylvia Plath and Gary Snyder.

But her sensitivity to George Herbert is the best early sign of her range of sympathy. Far from the days when poetry was something the youth were invested in as the embodiment of a sort of freedom of their ideals, Paglia aims to reawaken artists and general readers to their inheritance.

Matthew Arnold noted that literary epochs may tend to swing between moments of creative impulse and critical consideration.

Paglia breaks down an extremely diverse range of poetry all the way from Shakespeare to Pomeroy, and even Joni Mitchell makes a guest appearance.

Jan 07, Mark rated it it was ok Shelves: She takes a few jabs at the midth-century school of New Criticism based on a close analysis of a poem’s language and form for its disdain of popular culture. By making this book for a general audience, Paglia extends herself to the masses, trying to reignite a passion for poetry.


Paglia’s explication of Yeats’ “The Second Coming” makes leaps that are hard to follow. Paglia defends Hughes against Plath, a defense that few feminists have dared to undertake. One can only hope that the subversion does its stuff. But the poems themselves I find of questionable quality. Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million paglka.

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Bursts with her ingenuity. It tries to introduce good, accessible short poems blo English and to help readers enjoy them as Paglia does.

Break, Blow, Burn will be the first book about poetry that many Americans, of several generations, ever read. Ava Gardner from North Carolina was manufactured in a Hollywood studio, as she was the first cami,le admit. Ten Poems to Change Your Life turned into a series of five similarly named collections, a choice gathering of poets per volume followed by Houston’s compulsively upbeat chats. She expresses her shock at how weak individual poems have become over the past forty years.

On the contrary, they were limitless.

The 21 Best Album Re-Issues of Inthe music world saw amazing reissues spanning rock titans to indie upstarts and electronic to pop of all stripes. Paglia understands the needs of the general audience and meets them, which is what makes Break Blow Burn such a great read.

Many of her explications buen out of her work in the classroom, and rarely does her prose escape sounding teacherly. Daring, erudite, entertaining, and infused throughout with Paglia’s inimitable style and passion, this beautifully written book–and the dazzling mind behind it–will entice readers to begin or renew a passionate engagement with poetry.

Break, Blow, Burn by Camille Paglia

However, I did find it helpful to read with a browser open next to me so I could look up poems like “Ode to a Grecian Urn” and read the whole text so I could better appreciate her comments. Like Pound, Auden had tremendous brrak on other poets; his casual, conversational style would permeate modern writing.

Table Of Contents Introduction 1. It seems right, somehow, that someone who so enthusiastically embraced pop-culture, and the plethora of images pouring in, now patients us to the slowness and focus required for poetry. Making us share her exasperation and despair, she gains substance and presence until by oaglia end she looms like an avenging Fury, beating off all opponents and willing the poem into existence.

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Offer a number of poems, each with a distilled and detailed commentary. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Quotes from Break, Blow, Burn.

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She never talks down to the reader, but she also almost never leaves her stranded, illustrating her references to other poets or movements with excerpts to illuminate them. To find significance in the insignificant. That might be right, but people aren’t necessarily deluded when they want a ban on the sort of gun that can kill a dozen people in half a minute.

It’s like encountering the outspoken author during office hours and having gorgeous folds of insight pour from her like dark, sweet chocolate. Absurd liberal vagaries of truth were blown out of the water on virtually every page. I’d said some rude things about Camille Paglia’s reemergence as a regular columnist at Salon. Thank God this book exists for dilettantes like me! It’s a handy trait for the sort of thinker who can’t see an orthodoxy form without wanting not to be part of it.

Instead, we get the classics, and happy surprises, and poems by folks such as Paul Blackburn, whose “The Once Over” describes a subway car traveling downtown, its passengers enraptured by the image of a beautiful woman. In view of her wide knowledge, her expressive gifts, her crackling personality and the inherent credibility problems posed by looking too much at her ease on top of a pair of Jimmy Choos, it is remarkable how good Paglia can be at not putting herself first.

The Best Jazz of The book’s greatest offense is its presumptuousness. If we want it to do more of what it does, that’s an endorsement.