Sunday, November 24, 2013

Review of "Montparnasse" by Ernest Hemingway

"Montparnasse" by Nobel Prize winning author Ernest Hemingway (1899 - 1961) (pictured) was offered by Poets.org's Poem-A-Day on November 24, 2013.  A link to the poem may be found here:

http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/23774?utm_source=PAD%3A+Montparnasse+by+Ernest+Hemingway&utm_campaign=poemaday_112413&utm_medium=email

As with much of Hemingway's fiction, this poem explores a taboo subject, in this instance suicide.  The poem speaks to the denial involved by the acquaintances of a suicide, but at the same time speaks of its universality.

The title probably refers to the large cemetery in Montparnasse quarter of Paris.  Many of France's intellectuals and artists are buried there.  Hemingway himself lived much of his life in Paris as an expatriate.

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