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Nov 24, Craig rated it liked it. It seems the whole book really centers around her essay on Plath’s “Daddy” and this is a decent essay but nothing really new. I find Eliot grindingly conceptual and calculated; everything camill pre-programmed, mapped out like a crossword puzzle. No argument with her selection, but her analyses didn’t add a whole lot IMO. Paglia also sees sex everywhere — in Donne, Whitman and Theodore Roethke, where it really is everywhere, but also in George Herbert and Wordsworth, where it isn’t.

Break, Blow, Burn: Camille Paglia Reads Forty-three of the World’s Best Poems

I sound out poems silently, as others pray. I enjoy listening to Camille Paglia speak but I do think she can say what she intends to say in fewer words.

Others beside myself have noted how Plato’s allegory ;aglia the cave in the Republic strangely prefigures a movie screen and theater. It’s a Poetry book written by Camille Paglia, so that makes it worth reading. Perhaps she and VS Naipaul, who finds equally little that pleases him in 20th-century fiction, should join forces. She makes bloww fascinating and challenging reading companion. For both halves it seems she has chosen poems which she feels appeal camilel both the ear and the eye: The mental movement sketched by this quatrain is extraordinary: The mercurial language of Shakespeare, on the other hand, still dazzles, baffles, and enchants.


Paglia opens it up, dissecting Wachtel’s specimen as a post-modern artifact of media voices at once frivolous, informative and ridiculous.

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The sporadic drift of leaves to earth like sands through an hourglass is re-created in the hesitant, tapping rhythm: My chapter on Shelley in Sexual Personae identifies him as an Apollonian idealist and places him in the artistic line of ancient Greek sculptors, with their highly cinematic, sharp-contoured images. The man bresk rich in hope” has reason for cheer since he is on the fast track toward a splendid future 5.

In this sense Break, Blow, Burn is microscopic, not telescopic, it is measured, not breathless. We could infer that the poet thought his own looks unimpressive or mediocre. I don’t like that all of her poems are from Western poets–what about the rest of the world? It seems that she understands what it means when poets say what they write “when the spirit moves them”. The poet blurs it. Night is personified as “Death’s second self”–his twin or alter ego–obliterating the sun and “seal[ing] up all in rest” 8.

This is probably the most outrageous, but cwmille academic book of poetry criticism I’ve read.


Yet Camille Paglia is also a celebrity, beak for her acerbic interventions into the public forum. Oct 10, Ted Burke rated it really liked it.

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Mar 17, Blythe marked it as to-read. Shakespeare treats the three quatrains in Sonnet 73 like scenes from a play: Finally, what is especially inspiring in Paglia’s fierce arguments is her refusal to grant the readers slack. My main issue with her commentary is that she has serious issues with sex and God. There was a point in Break, Blow, Burnwhen I started thinking about just that notion.

Losses, Journeys, and Ascensions: Pag,ia is still a divisive personality, with exclamatory statements that inflame in this hostile, PC atmosphere where everyone is offended by anything that ruffles some feathers.

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And he’s pagllia priggish about basic emotion. Break, Blow, Burn by Camille Paglia. It was enough to make one want to give up the game entirely and watch DVD reissues instead, but there is a blast of fresh air coming through the room, Camille Paglia’s BreakBlow, Burn, a collection of forty- three poems brought together for a close reading by the author.