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    • POEM: Pike by Ted Hughes (8/3/2006 11:00:00 AM)

      This is one of the great poems of the 20th century. The description of the fish, taking it to the next level in the monastery pond, fishing in its time - night, the classic sense of hunter being hunted, the sense of dread in contemplating pike, all come together to make a truly wonderful poem.

    • POEM: The Art Of Poetry by Jorge Luis Borges (7/14/2006 8:17:00 PM)

      I see this is one of the poems Borges wrote in English. He thought English offered more opportunities for the poet because of its rich vocabulary. He uses it well. I note the juxtaposition of time and water, the face in the water vanishing as the water rushes to the sea. His predisposition to live the instant fully being more important than being enslaved in time, which is meaningless. Art captures the moments eternally.
      I love this poem.

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