Treasure Island

gershon hepner

(5 3 38 / leipzig)

irony


Irony may bring us stimulation,
but enters like a worm in us
betraying us with transubstantiation
if worm becomes a terminus.

Richard Taruskin reviews the biography of Shostakovitch by Esti Shteinberg (“Irony, Satire, Parody and the Grotesque in the Music of Shostakovich”) in TNR, December 24,2001. She writes:

She [Esti Shteinberg] astutely associates the watershed in Shostakovich's career in 1936 with a shift in the nature of his ironic practice. Once a (mere) satirist, for whom irony was a means toward a debunking end (irony as stimulus, in Kierkegaard's terminology) , the composer became, in the battered latter half of his career, an existential ironist for whom irony was a detached and melancholy worldview (irony as terminus) . 'Like a half-smiling, resigned Pierrot, ' she writes, 'Shostakovich's music seems to dance on a tightrope, letting its unresolvable incongruities express the infinite provisionality of existential irony.'

1/6/02,3/27/09

Submitted: Friday, March 27, 2009

Do you like this poem?
0 person liked.
0 person did not like.

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (irony by gershon hepner )

Enter the verification code :

There is no comment submitted by members..

Top Poems

  1. Phenomenal Woman
    Maya Angelou
  2. The Road Not Taken
    Robert Frost
  3. If You Forget Me
    Pablo Neruda
  4. Still I Rise
    Maya Angelou
  5. Dreams
    Langston Hughes
  6. Annabel Lee
    Edgar Allan Poe
  7. If
    Rudyard Kipling
  8. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings
    Maya Angelou
  9. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
    Robert Frost
  10. Invictus
    William Ernest Henley

PoemHunter.com Updates

New Poems

  1. INCONSTANT LOVE 10 WORD, Beryl Dov
  2. HAIKU...The Good Die Young, Ken e Hall
  3. I Know, Lyn Paul
  4. Those Who Know, Monk E. Biz
  5. peaches on the side, Mandolyn ...
  6. i could have made s'mores, Mandolyn ...
  7. Song: State of Fear, Dave SmithWhite
  8. there's an element in the room, Mandolyn ...
  9. Goodbye 2014, Michael McParland
  10. Holding Moments In Cupped Hands, RoseAnn V. Shawiak

Poem of the Day

poet Henry Lawson


The old year went, and the new returned, in the withering weeks of drought,
The cheque was spent that the shearer earned,
and the sheds were all cut out;
...... Read complete »

   

Member Poem

[Hata Bildir]