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Old 12-13-2017, 06:11 AM
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LOL Gail. Hardy has got to be the Debbie Downer of formal poetry.
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Old 12-20-2017, 11:52 AM
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LOL Gail. Hardy has got to be the Debbie Downer of formal poetry.

Ha! Just catching this. Gail, what a great and sad poem. It's true there's a lot of Eeyore in Hardy, though his poetry is bright enough to make it still worth reading. His novels are beautifully written, but reading one can be like watching a puppy get run over by an 18-wheeler, and then hearing the truck slide into reverse.
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Old 12-21-2017, 06:32 AM
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Yes, Andrew. I don't want anyone to think I'm dissing Hardy! I have huge respect for him, and I especially love the novels.
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Izumi Shikibu


Although the wind
blows terribly here,
the moonlight also leaks
between the roof planks
of this ruined house.


(tr. Jane Hirschfield & Mariko Aratani)
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Old 01-07-2018, 01:54 PM
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Just added this collection to my Amazon cart, Aaron.
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Old 01-07-2018, 02:37 PM
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I just know this one poem, sent by a friend. The same friend got me Hirschfield's Bashō. A beautiful volume, with a great critical apparatus, which fortunately/unfortunately makes clear just how much is lost in the translation.

But that above is a great English poem, whatever exactly the original was like. If you do get the whole collection let me know how it is.
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