Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Great Regulars: Love, jealousy, dread are transformed

by candor and precision in "Before the Birth of One of Her Children." The poem [Before the Birth of One of Her Children" by Anne Bradstreet] proceeds from dignified, slightly stiff acknowledgements of the great, generic truths of mortality. The application of those truths to the risks of childbirth in the 17th century gains force from the poet's quiet, in a way pragmatic manner of dealing with the known and the unknown.

from Robert Pinsky: Slate: A Taste for Plainness


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