Review: Edward Hirsch’s “How to Read a Poem: And Fall in Love with Poetry”

by writereaderly

edward hirsch how to read a poemThis has been a long and delightful read. When I first started it, ooh, over a year ago, I’d industriously tag all the pages that had profound or beautiful words on them, but after flipping every few pages, I thought it better to assume that the whole book was pre-tagged. Hirsch, poet and critic, provides explanations, samples, analyses, elucidations of powerful words, and why the poetic craft ought matter to the logophilic (word-loving?) reader. So many gorgeous poems, with such crafted thoughts attached to them: a must-read for poets and loving readers. Delighted to recommend it.

Where it came from: Gift from HG: “Good luck with getting your hands dirty”
Time and manner of reading:
Months and months and months of kaleidoscopic samples, a few deep pages at a time
Where it went: Keeper Shelf
Reminds me of/that: Forgive the triteness, but: the power of poetry
Who I’d recommend it to: Word-lovers
Also reading: Rabbit #4; The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon; Being Alive edited by Neil Astley; The Seven Sisters of the Pleiades by Munya Andrews