Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Great Regulars: It remains memorable and worth remembering,

because patently so often true: "The past/will shed some light but never keep us warm". The fire is nothing much in terms of fire, and the light, too, seems to have cast mostly shadow. But the savour and elegance of the poem linger on. Through symmetry and variety combined, and through polished, faintly teasing but not over-exquisite diction, it has transmitted emotions everyone has felt, and no one easily talks about. This is a well-made poem, but it's also poignantly alive.

[by Daniel Hall]


from Carol Rumens: The Guardian: Poem of the week: Love-Letter-Burning by Daniel Hall


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