As the first full-fledged documentary poem in America, it expresses a modernist interest in what Rukeyser called "verifiable" fact.
Her Collected Poems is a monument of the last century, a gift to the present and a hope for the future. For her, the poem was not a verbal artifact to be consumed so much as the record of an imaginative and psychological process that would inspire readers to initiate their own similar processes.
Since a number of these poems combine states of consciousness and physical sensation, it is important for students not only to analyze them rhetorically but also to place themselves empathetically inside the poems and read them phenomenologically. Nothing was speaking to me, but I offered and all was well.
Only one question always remained: These roads will take you into your own country. Her career as an activist began when she traveled to Alabama to cover the trial of the Scottsboro boys and was arrested.
Orpheus" and discuss how Rukeyser adapts and transforms them. Where is the front? And I arrived at the powerful green hill. That is, in a way, almost necessitated by this particular selection, since two of the poems, "Absalom," and " Les Tendresses Bestiales," are taken from longer poem sequences.
Her ear for accent and syllable is bright and light, even as she unfurls bolts of vague diction and meandering speech; in other words, although her work is uneven, she knew exactly what she was doing as she risked aesthetic failure in her attempt to "write for the living.
Here are a few examples: Almost pages long, it contains more than poems of such variety, passion and compassion, indignant judgment, joy, humor and conviction that it is impossible to summarize, let alone parse.
Eliot and a considerably younger W. These are roads to take when you think of your country and interested bring down the maps again, phoning the statistician, asking the dear friend, reading the papers with morning inquiry.
Instead, Rukeyser made poetry the focus of her life, traveled, lived in New York and California, and bore and raised a son as a single mother. The compositions are rhythmic, naturalistic, and generally drawn with soft, curving lines.
In a culture that does not recognize the sexuality of old age, Rukeyser celebrated it. She wrote long sequence poems, documentary poems, short lyrics, and elegies.
Her achievement is most impressive in these larger structures, which she needed to advance her themes to their greatest potential, and which appear to grow organically even as she hewed to formal traditions.
Built over several centuries beginning in the second century b. Her mother had expected her to marry and write poetry only as an avocation. Those reading the poet for the first time will find useful, unobtrusive notes.
What does it feel like to be the mother in "Absalom" who has lost her family to industrial exploitation? What does it feel like to speak in the two very different voices Rukeyser gives her?
Of all the responses one might make to this selection, the simplest one--and the one most to be hoped for-- is the decision to read more widely in her work. Stylistically, the poem is unusual for shifting from journalistic reportage to interior monologue to lyrical description.
It is one of the most important modern poems in mixed forms and one of the major achievements of her career. She found it in the city, in rural stretches and industrial enterprise, in the civil rights movement, the gender wars, and within herself, as well as on the literal battlefield.The Muriel Rukeyser:Poems Community Note includes chapter-by-chapter summary and analysis, character list, theme list, historical context, author biography and quizzes written by.
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Poem of the Week: Waiting for Icarus by Muriel Rukeyser By Vegan Cinephile on July 26, • (0). Waiting for Icarus. He said he would be back and we’d drink wine together. WAITING FOR ICARUS. WORD OF MOUTH. Poet's Choice. By Edward Hirsch Sunday, October 24, ; Page BW12 As the critic Louise Kertesz puts it in The Poetic Vision of Muriel Rukeyser, All the voices of the wood called “Muriel!”.
Waiting for Icarus by Muriel Rukeyser Waiting for Icarus.
He said he would be back and we’d drink wine together. I have been waiting all day, or perhaps longer.
I would have liked to try those wings myself. It would have been better than this. Posted by RA at PM. Muriel Rukeyser () Contributing Editors: In poems like "Waiting for Icarus" and "Myth" she rewrote classical myths from a woman's perspective.
Here in "Rite" she dramatizes the culture's investments in gender and in "The Poem as Mask" overturns gender dichotomy by treating it as a constructed myth. In a culture that does not.Download