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  • Herbert Nehrlich1 (10/15/2005 7:08:00 PM) Post reply | Read 1 reply

    I just read the poem by van Dyke and find it heartwarming, filled with a musical beauty that needed expressing and was done well, I am sure there are better poems on the subject but there is nothing at all wrong with this one.
    Must have rather simple tastes.
    Today it seems fashionable to discard everything that's old, declaring it obsolete, worn out, over-the-hill, useless. What doesn't make too much sense though is the oft-encountered situation that the critics are usually unable to match the quality of the ones they are so eager to discard.
    This poem was written with feeling and what it conveys to the reader justifies not cement boots in the Hudson River but a place among the Forget-Me-Nots.
    Best
    H

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    • Mary Nagy (10/15/2005 7:24:00 PM) Post reply

      I agree wholeheartedly with you on this one Herbert! Mary

  • Michael Shepherd (10/15/2005 6:57:00 PM) Post reply | Read 1 reply

    Several of you here are teachers of poetry or literature.
    A 15-year-old says he likes a certain poem.
    Do you ask him 'What exactly do you like about this poem? '...?
    No - it's 'You're not reading THAT poem in MY house, son...'
    I pity your own children if that's the way you behave at home.
    Or in class.

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    • Herbert Nehrlich1 (10/15/2005 7:38:00 PM) Post reply

      Michael I do appreciate the combative streak in you, especially when you are right. I also think that some of the dismissive attitude displayed by various people in all walks of life stems from a dee ... more

  • Michael Shepherd (10/15/2005 4:54:00 PM) Post reply

    Jesus K.Rice Krispies! We're 'talking' about a poem which a 15-year-old happened to mention he liked... because of some internal music which he had heard in it... a 15-year-old whose poems are IMHO pretty impressive for his age, and which I suggest we might care to advise him on, even encourage him to continue writing...

  • John Kay (10/15/2005 4:28:00 PM) Post reply | Read 2 replies

    'A Lover's Envy' is a hideous poem of the highest order. I agree with Jefferson. I would hope that this shallow, unoriginal, undeserving, cliche choked, sentimental, stale joke of a poem never be thought of as a model or valued in any way. Was this poem reading material recently printed on the backside of a box of hamburger helper, for god's sake. Frankly, I can't believe that we are talking about this poem 150 years after it broke so many hearts. It is nothing short of the enemy of this art form. For years I fought with students who felt that 'anything' anyone wrote was sacred and shouldn't be criticized, that the standards of good poetry writing were all a matter of opinion, and their opinions were as good as anyone elses. I might actually use a poem like this as an example of exactly what not to do if you want to write a good poem. I'm surprised that this one didn't find its feet in cement at the bottom of the Hudson.

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    • Poetry Hound (10/15/2005 10:57:00 PM) Post reply

      Words of wisdom, John. You hit the bulls eye. Regards.

    • Herbert Nehrlich1 (10/15/2005 7:47:00 PM) Post reply | Read 1 reply

      Personally, I think you are dead wrong.Judging by the standards you appear to espouse where would you place most or all of your poems? In front of some imaginary class as examples of how to be modern ... more

  • Allan James Saywell (10/15/2005 4:09:00 PM) Post reply

    if you want a poem about a simple person and a simple poem have a read of my
    'simply simple English'

  • Michael Shepherd (10/15/2005 2:51:00 PM) Post reply

    If Daniel had been less modest and simply asked us to judge his poetry, I think he would have received a warmer reception. Here's a very young chap who's got the sound of poetry in him to an exceptional degree. He's done his homework on poetry, he shapes his poems with care, and his musical, lyrical talent perhaps explains why he picked one of the most lyrical poems of a poet very much of his times, whose lines 3-4 of each verse are not a mile from Gershwin and Cole Porter in their fluent 'dance'.
    He may be a little too 'English' for some Americans - who follow the conventions of their own time also - but for me, he's caught the sound of that particular moment when the very national wit of Betjeman sparked a drier but not dissimilar international wit in Auden - whose echoes can be heard in one or two of Daniel's poems, and all credit to him for that. I sense a fine future for his poetry. See what you think of them, JC and others...

  • Mary Nagy (10/15/2005 2:44:00 PM) Post reply | Read 1 reply

    I agree with you Daniel. This is a beautiful poem. I think simplicity IS timeless. We can all relate to the envy he feels...........I love the rhyme! I think there is a real charm to it...to envy those simple, everyday things that get to be a part of his loves life....very beautiful. (I do have rather simple tastes though.) (I admit this.) :) Sincerely, Mary

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    • Poetry Hound (10/15/2005 4:25:00 PM) Post reply

      Nice to hear you whistling this less narrow-minded tune, Lamont. 'In my opinion' is indeed the key phrase, as opposed to claiming there are 'standards' for what is great poetry

  • Daniel Tyler (10/15/2005 10:45:00 AM) Post reply | Read 1 reply

    Has anybody ever read 'A Lover's Envy' by Henry Van Dyke. It is quite superb

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  • Mary Nagy (10/15/2005 7:08:00 AM) Post reply | Read 1 reply

    HAPPY SWEETEST DAY EVERYONE! (It is Sweetest's Day here today.)

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  • Gol Mcadam (10/15/2005 7:02:00 AM) Post reply | Read 4 replies

    Help! Does anyone know where I can find an analysis or comment on Dylan Thomas 'Refusal to Mourn the Death, by Fire, of a Child in London'? Maybe I'm thick but I can't make much of it without assistance. Thanks.

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    • Max Reif (10/15/2005 11:04:00 AM) Post reply

      While we've got the subject up, why NOT 'go gentle into that good night'?

    • Gol Mcadam (10/15/2005 10:38:00 AM) Post reply

      Thanks for this M & M. Like MS, I thought it might be 'bardic flubber' but, like MR, I was impressed by some of the imagery. I still don't get it - maybe I shouldn't expect to?

    • Max Reif (10/15/2005 8:38:00 AM) Post reply

      I love the language of the poem, I simply have had difficulty, ever since the poem was taught in my university, digesting the philosophical statement in the last 2 lines. 'and I must enter again the r ... more

    • Michael Shepherd (10/15/2005 7:35:00 AM) Post reply

      For me, it's close to self-parody of his ... more

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