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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Perhaps so — but what does it palgia for a poem to be urgent? Read it Forward Read it first. Hers brfak a sensibility to bow to fashion or some one’s deeply intoned name; fame and a gimmick will not acquaint the poet under review any slack.

The first half of the book contains what Paglia calls canonical writings which have been most successful for her in her classroom.

I was rather expecting her to. At the end, escaping lines float free, as if the poem were taking breath.

Break, Blow, Burn

Shouldn’t great criticism allow the reader camklle glance into the mind of the critic, so that the reader can see how the critic formulates her arguments, and thereby learn how to formulate her own arguments — and no longer require an oracle?

While it would be possible to read the chapters at random, Paglia reviews the poems in chronological order, and references the earlier works in later chapters: Students expecting a poem by Maya Angelou will find that this book is less inclusive than the average lineup for Inauguration Day. cami,le

Without talent, no entitlement. In an interview, she expressed her distaste for the way poems run together in Norton Anthologies of poetry, and she chooses here to give an individual page for each poem, like a painting occupying its own space of a museum wall. It seems the whole book really centers around her essay burm Plath’s “Daddy” and this is a decent essay but nothing really new.


Break, Blow, Burn – Camille Paglia discusses poetry

And what about her performance in ”One Kill”? The pleasures of poetry. The format is very successful, with each typographically well-preseented poem followed by three to five pages of thoughtful, extremely well written critique and commentary, including history, analysis, and politically fresh perspectives.

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What I do see are relatively obvious points, articulated with supreme confidence and her signature dash of provoca A disappointment.

Camille Paglia discusses Poetry with TMO

Break, Blow, Burn will be the first book about poetry that many Americans, of several generations, ever read. It’s why she has chosen Shakespeare and Joni Mitchell as the two bookends for “Break, Blow, Burn,” and it’s also why she continued reading poetry past the age when most Americans put it down.

She also defends Plath’s father against Plath, which might seem a quixotic move in view of the poem’s subject matter, but does help to make the point that Plath, by calling her father a Nazi and identifying herself with millions of helpless burm, was personalizing the Holocaust in a way that only her psychic disturbance could bow.

The Best Jazz of Jan 07, Mark rated it it was ok Shelves: Hasn’t everyone looked at a poem like it a cement barricade, and been intimidated by it’s seeming impenetrability — even bored by 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.


She makes a fascinating and challenging reading companion. Paglia’s latest passion is promoting poetry. Paglia’s readings have a musical, intuitive effect, like a great musician playing the music of a great composer. All, however, share an absence of surface complexity: Aug 30, Isabelle rated it liked it.

Some sentences sound outrageous but in fact offer imaginative guidance, as when Paglia imagines William Blake roaming London “with telepathic hearing and merciless X-ray eyes” or explains Walt Whitman’s universe as “a plush matrix or webwork of gummy secretions. That said, I enjoyed following Camille’s sometimes counter-intuitive readings, sometimes there’s a stretch of logic, but on the whole, pretty entertaining.

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The poem’s lashing lines resemble “snaps” in an old African-American game, the “dozens,” where duelists trade mock insults “Yo’ mama’s so ugly, she’d scare moss off a rock”. This coolly enthusiastic emphasis shows up clearly in her detailed admiration for Emily Dickinson.