[ilds] Poetry v. Prose Poem

Bruce Redwine bredwine1968 at earthlink.net
Fri Jan 8 03:38:07 PST 2016

Addendum.  It's true that books like CVG contain poems, but the two genres are kept distinct.  We know when we're reading poetry as opposed to prose.  Poetic prose is not the same as poetry, for Durrell anyway.  This seems to me trivially true, although I wonder about a writer/poet like Anne Carson.


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> On Jan 8, 2016, at 3:16 AM, Bruce Redwine <bredwine1968 at earthlink.net> wrote:
> Yes.  We might start with definitions.  Is poetry the same as a prose poem?  I don't think it is, and I doubt that Durrell did either, for the simple reason he published the two genres separately.
> Bruce
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>> On Jan 7, 2016, at 8:41 PM, Sumantra Nag <sumantranag at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Durrell's poetry could do with some  analysis on ILDS.
>> I think it was in a letter to Henry Miller that Durrell himself first referred to his composition of Justine as a prose poem.
>> Sumantra
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>> I don't think Durrell was being disingenuous.  He would prefer, I think, being known as a poet.  Poetry, after all, is by far the older and higher calling.  Plagiarism might be a test of this.  I don't detect plagiarism in his poetry.  He may revise, rework, and exceed his predecessors.  But I don't see him engaged in wholesale theft, as occasioned in his prose.  I think he considered poetry too sacred.  Harold Bloom talks about this in his "Anxiety of Influence," although he would surely not consider Durrell a "strong poet."  You're right--Durrell's poetry deserves "deep study."  I find it very mysterious.
>> Bruce
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