Thursday, August 28, 2014

Poem of the Day: "Details for Paterson"

The Songs of Eretz Poem of the Day for August 28, 2014 is "Details for Paterson" by William Carlos Williams, Poet of the Month.  The poem was taken from The Collected Poems of William Carlos Williams (1988).  The text of the poem may be found here: http://www.poets.org/poetsorg/poem/details-paterson.  A brief biography of Williams and references may be found here:  http://eretzsongs.blogspot.com/2014/08/the-songs-of-eretz-poet-of-month-for.html

The first two stanzas of "Details for Paterson" are an example of a memorable event about which the poet felt compelled to compose a poem--one of those "bests that love / has given...."  The use of "it" instead of "them" in the third line cannot refer to the "circulars" (unless the poet made a grammatical error).  "It" refers to throwing away a job opportunity and to the boy's poor character--a tragedy worthy of comment, and as opposed to the Boy Scout, whose character is assumed to be impeccable.

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