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Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Summer Knowledge

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 11:00 PM

The title is that of a book of poems by Delmore Schwartz.

From "Searching for God in the Next Apartment,"
by Stanley Moss, New York Times Book Review ,
Sunday, October 19, 1986 —

Throughout Schwartz's poetry a question of belief is central. He thought we could not live without an interpretation of the whole of life, and that modern social orders were inevitably deficient in satisfying this need. He wrote studies and poetry explicitly concerned with the decline of Christian belief and the impossibility of any belief whatsoever. He read Rimbaud's ''Season in Hell,'' Valery's ''Cimetiere Marin,'' Arnold's ''Dover Beach,'' Hardy's ''Oxen,'' Stevens' ''Sunday Morning'' as poems forged in just such a dilemma. His own preferred poem, ''Starlight Like Intuition Pierced the Twelve,'' continued this argument.

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