All the Poems of Muriel Spark by Muriel Spark

By Muriel Spark

Within the seventy-three poems accumulated the following Muriel Spark works in open kinds in addition to villanelles, rondels, epigrams, or even the journey de strength of a twenty-one web page ballad. She additionally exhibits herself a grasp of unforgettable brief poems. earlier than achieving reputation as a novelist (Memento Mori, The top of leave out Jean Brodie), Muriel Spark was once already an acclaimed poet. The "power and control" of her poetry, as Publishers Weekly remarked, "is nearly startling." With the energy and wit average of all her paintings, Dame Muriel hasn't ever stopped writing poems, which regularly look within the New Yorker. as with any her creations, the poems convey Spark to be "astonishingly proficient and really inimitable" (The San Francisco Chronicle).

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It works! Fulton’s taste for paradox becomes, in “Fuzzy Feelings,” a metaphor in its own right—the binding of contradictory terms and tones to produce a visible seam in her text, a flaw that perfects: Simulants tend to be flawless, while natural emeralds have defects known as inclusions, imperfections with a value all their own. Like Daphne, she refuses Apollo, but she pays homage to Elvis Presley. Indeed, it is Elvis who serves as the book’s patron spirit in the poem “About Face,” embodying both its poetics (“the mixed metaphor of his jumpsuit that flared to wedding / bells white / as a pitcher plant’s”) and its vision of a self betrayed by its own defenses: 1 5 A r t T h o u t h e T h i n g I W a n t e d I do not suffer from the excess of taste that spells embarrassment: mothers who find their kids unseemly in their condom earrings, girls cringing to think they could be frumpish as their mothers.

This sort of syntactic doubling depends upon the multiplicity of the last word in the line. But a word within the line can also act as a syntactic door, opening and closing on 2 2 meaning, changing from noun to verb, for instance. “TV rules: it must be visual velcro,” the line you cited earlier, is an example. “Rules” can be read as a noun or a verb. It isn’t something poets want to overdo, but it can add to the richness and ambiguity of the poem. This particular linguistic effect is not possible in prose.

In almost every poem she reflects on the urge to comprehend—to define, to contain—as a metaphorical violence, an act of repression that poetry must contest. ” In Fulton’s vocabulary these are opposite terms; she rejects the mode of reading enacted daily by the checkout scanner in favor of the “treason” of immersion, which demands real presence, the dissolution of self into the poem’s dark matter. As she says in “Fuzzy Feelings”: Metaphor is pure immersion. Pure sinking one into another and the more difference that’s dissolved the more = = often I’ll sink into a book that swimless way.

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