ABC of Reading is much more valuable to poetry readers (and especially wannabe poets) than it is to anyone else. A lot of novel readers I've suggested it to thought Pound was pretentious and retarded (probably because Nabokov said so even though Nabokov didn't write a single good line of poetry in his life and Pound wrote thousands), but (surprise surprise) all poetry readers I recommend it to have already read it and like it.
I thumbed through it in a book shop, since I heard a lot of people talking about it. It's basically teaching you how to read well enough to get a Five on the AP Lit exam (not exactly hard) and that's about it. Really really really really basic. I would even call it harmful.
" Citizen Kane(1941). I’m not sure this is a film to watch, but you sure can read it"
" Raiders of the Lost Ark(1981), Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984), Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989). Great quest stories. You know when you’re searching for the Lostp. 294Ark of the Covenant or the Holy Grail that you’re dealing with quests. Take away Indy’s leather jacket, fedora, and whip and give him chain mail, helmet, and lance and see if he doesn’t look considerably like Sir Gawain."
"Star Wars(1977), The Empire Strikes Back (1981), Return of the Jedi (1983). George Lucas is a great student of Joseph Campbell’s theories of the hero (in, among other works, The Hero with a Thousand Faces), and the trilogy does a great job of showing us types of heroes and villains. If you know the Arthurian legends, so much the better. Personally I don’t care if you learn anything about all that from the films or not; they’re so much fun you deserve to see them. Repeatedly"
BOOKS TO READ:
William Butler Yeats, “The Lake Isle of Innisfree” (1892), “Easter 1916” (1916), “The Wild Swans at Coole” (1917). Or any of a hundred others. A medievalist professor of mine once said that he believed Yeats was the greatest poet in the English language. If we could only have one, he’d be my choice.
> medievalist professor of mine once said that he believed Yeats was the greatest poet in the English language
that's why he's a medievalist and not a poetry professor, even though I love Yeats
"Hart Crane, The Bridge (1930). A great American poem sequence, centered around the Brooklyn Bridge and the great national rivers."
Why would he recommend that to a newcomer? Crane is for people who actually read poetry
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