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The truth is, every poem I hear or read leaves me altered (ie: inspired, chilled, elated, and, most of all, thinking). Some more so than others. I can’t summon all of them out of my subconscious, but here is a list of 10 poems that left their mark on my soul from an early age.
Typical Borges and another one I’ve recently posted. This poem embodies several poststructuralist theories including Kristeva’s Abjection, Derrida’s Aporia, as well as the concept of Mise en Abyme. Here, it is from the point of view of the “three-fold beast”, and begs the question: who is more absurd – man or Sphinx?
9.) The Lady of Shallot – Alfred Lord Tennyson
I’ve since read that this poem was Tennyson’s interpretation of the artist isolated from day-to-day life, looking at it in the mirror as it passes by, but as a teenager I was obsessed with whimsy of Arthurian legends – any Romantic tendencies that shine through with this one are soon to be turned on their head by Alberti’s Bosch. Tennyson’s Lady draws parallels with Elaine of Astolat.
10.) The Goblin Market – Christina Rossetti
Some of the imagery in this poem makes for a very dark and sexy fairytale indeed. Violent and filled with unnatural colours and flavours.
Next week, I’ll list some of my favourite contemporary Australian poems, but for now, here’s Bosch by Rafael Alberti, translated by Carolyn Tipton.
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