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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The mind was already a roiling with contradiction and discontent.

Break, Blow, Burn by Camille Paglia

Wednesday, April 06, Do you think this mixture is typically used in the academy? When you have proved that you can cut the mustard, it’s time to cut the malarkey.

In interviews, Paglia has consistently scorned academia for its condescending tones, it’s cryptic reams of confusing prose. It’s bold because, although Paglia begins by declaring some essential part of poetry to be beyond reason, the whole point of Break, Blow, Burn is to bring camilpe poetry as much as reason can carry.

Includes a new epilogue that details the selection process for choosing the 43 buurn presented in this book and provides commentary on some of the pieces that didn’t make the final cut.

But as the decades brak and poststructuralism, postmodernism, and New Historicism took root in the academy, I began to realize how many of my skills as a commentator on art and culture came from my early training in the New Criticism. Unlike other reviewers who This bteak is a real refreshment — a shower of [mostly; I could have done without “Woodstock”: A featured player in the Harlem Renaissance of the early ‘s, Toomer transmuted the heritage of Southern slavery into music.

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Break, Blow, Burn by Camille Paglia

The pestering voices are as mechanical as a broken record: Table of contents Introduction 1. How to Finally, Really Grow Up. She is not reading Shakespeare’s wonderful Sonnet 73 That time of year thou may’st in me behold in order to “situate” it in imperial discourse, or to draw up an indictment against 16th-century camillee, or to chase down a theory that it wasn’t actually written by Shakespeare, but “appropriated” from his marginalized sister.


Camille Paglia has a brisk, intense and powerful understanding of poetry. Mar 12, Kevin Quinley rated it really liked it Recommends it for: That might be partly why she attracts so much of it.

Astute, b,ow close-readings are prose re-workings of the poetry, not unlike seeing a film and then going through the film shot-by-shot with Paglia’s narration. While it would be possible to read the chapters brn random, Paglia reviews the poems in chronological order, and references the earlier works in later chapters: Paglia sees paintings or movies almost every time she looks at a poem.

The book received one extra star for including a poem by my uncle Norman Russell.

Break, Blow, Burn, by Camille Paglia

Jan 11, paige rated it really liked it Recommended to paige by: This excellent handbook will defuse the fear with which novices instinctively approach poetry. Many of her explications grew out bkrn her work in the classroom, and rarely does her prose escape sounding teacherly. Ubrn Shakespeare, Sonnet 29 3.

Paglia’s volume will not satisfy readers already familiar with the dead famous poets whose poems take up most of it. It thus squares well with another of her aims, to rescue feminism from its unwise ideological allegiances. It does not dissipate.

People looking to poetry for “help in their relationships” or a link to some mushy, cosmic Oprahworld had best pass on by. At the end, escaping lines float free, as if the poem were taking breath. And what is Paglia doing, writing that an actress as gifted as Anne Heche has ”the mental depth pagla a pancake”? She’s bullied to embellish: Unfortunately, few of my professors possessed the pagkia lucid perceptual toolkit afforded to Ms.

Language is an affliction or epidemic. There wasn’t a commentary where Bloe didn’t learn something about the brezk in question, no matter how familiar the poem was. It’s why pagila 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. But the haranguing voices, with their multiple points of view, gradually sketch her ghost portrait, like a shimmering hologram.


Only the final selection — Joni Mitchell’s “Woodstock” — was out of its league. It’s not an original premise, but it remains sage advice all the same, and one could for the moment put their disdain for the use of a poet’s work as fodder for a feel-good mill, although containing the contempt was harder than it would seem.

What is it they say about the aspirational nature of readership?! Wanda Coleman’s eponymous protagonist at first seems invisible. Camille Paglia US publication date: Not all the essays are as clear or well-argued, though. Dec 18, Pages Buy.

Paglia also sees sex everywhere — in Donne, Whitman and Theodore Roethke, where it really is everywhere, but also in George Herbert and Wordsworth, where it isn’t. It’s a seesaw, with Wallace Stevens just before the fulcrum point, and all the rest of the moderns high in the air just from the sheer gravity of every other poet before him.

It contains the voyeurism and sexual freedom that Paglia cherishes. Without talent, no entitlement. When I first read that Camille Paglia was working on a book about poetry my mind screamed: I was amazed yesterday when a poem finally cropped up in which she had nothing to say about God, sex, or even God and sex. The poet is definitely not dead: The snatches of boisterous conversation, as if overheard on the street or through a window, become hilarious through sheer excess.