William Butler Yeats reads his poem, “The Lake Isle of Innisfree”

I will arise and go now, and go to Innisfree, And a small cabin build there, of clay and wattles made: Nine bean-rows will I have there, a hive for the honey-bee; And live alone in the bee-loud glade. And I shall have some peace …

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Wai-Lim Yip’s book, “Chinese Poetry” has revolutionized my thinking on how to translate Chinese poems

This is a fantastic book for better understanding and appreciating Chinese poetry. The core concepts are as follows: (1) Chinese poetry is strongly visual owing to the characters being pictures, being read vertically from top-to-bottom in the original, and often accompanied by paintings. (2) As …

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William Butler Yeats’ “A Prayer for my Daughter” – text, reading, commentary

This is a beautiful one by Yeats, as he was thinking on his newly born daughter while taking a walk, thinking of her future and his general sense of gloom for where the world was heading. This was shortly after World War I and in …

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T.S. Eliot reads his classic, “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock”

The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock S’io credesse che mia risposta fosse A persona che mai tornasse al mondo Questa fiamma staria sensa piu scosse. Ma perciocche giammai di questo fondo Non torno vivo alcun, s’i’odo il vero Sensa tema d’infamia ti rispondo. My …

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Charles Bukowski reads his poem, “To The Whore Who Took My Poems”

To The Whore Who Took My Poems some say we should keep personal remorse from the poem, stay abstract, and there is some reason in this, but jezus; twelve poems gone and I don’t keep carbons and you have my paintings too, my best ones; …

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