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Hirsch’s How to Read a Poem (and Fall in Love with Poetry) Part 3

In the Beginning Is the Relation BY EDWARD HIRSCH The message in the bottle is a lyric poem and thus a special kind of communiqu�. It speaks out of a solitude to a solitude; it begins and ends in silence. We … Continue reading

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Hirsch’s How to Read a Poem (and Fall in Love with Poetry) Part 2

To the Reader Setting Out BY EDWARD HIRSCH The reader of poetry is a kind of pilgrim setting out, setting forth. The reader is what Wallace Stevens calls “the scholar of one candle.” Reading poetry is an adventure in renewal, a creative act, … Continue reading

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