Monday, October 24, 2016

My Favorite Poem Monday

I love poetry and I love sharing poetry so sometimes on a Monday, I have decided to blog about some of my favorite poems.  Please leave a link to your favorites in the comments!

A couple of years ago, I was lucky enough to come across a Swedish poet, Tomas Transtromer who won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2011.  His official website is https://tomastranstromer.net/.

One of his poems that I really love and often read is called "Blue House".  Here is a video of it being performed.




This poem reminds me in theme to Robert Frost's famous poem "The Road Not Taken". Here is Robert Frost reading this much read and beloved poem.

I have probably read this poem over a hundred times over the years, starting in high school.

Both of these poems capture one of the basic human truths that we travel one path in life (the linearity of time) although we often want to travel many.  Part of growing older is accepting this truth while sometimes being tortured by "What if's" about other paths that were options.

While both poems express this theme deftly, I prefer "Blue House".  I believe it captures more of the emotion of growing older, feeling nostalgia, sorrow, and this aching echo of paths not traveled.  Frost's poem seems intellectual and cold in comparison.  I am a big fan of both poets, though.

I have read a lot of Frost's poetry and have just started looking at Transtromer's work.  I am excited about it and feel like I am getting ready to slowly eat a delicious meal!




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