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Stephen Burt: Why people need poetry_for secretsolitaire especially

Taken from TEDtalks:
'We're all going to die — and poems can help us live with that." In a charming and funny talk, literary critic Stephen Burt takes us on a lyrical journey with some of his favorite poets, all the way down to a line break and back up to the human urge to imagine.'

From me:
He talks with passion about his obsession with words and why he became a poetry critic, analyzing four short poems, reminding us why poetry matters.



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Jun. 10th, 2014 07:41 pm (UTC)
Love this! TEDtalks are usually great, but I particularly liked this one.
Jun. 11th, 2014 07:33 pm (UTC)
I probably watch one TEDtalk a day, as they come into my inbox, but post very few, not because, as you say, they aren't usually really good, just I'm not sure how interesting they'd be to my friends list. This one I imagined would be and you've shown me to be right. I'm glad you enjoyed it.
Jun. 11th, 2014 06:03 am (UTC)
I can't wait to watch this! I love when others love words and and the impact the arrangements of words can have on us and talk about it - I feel such a kinship and sense of belonging. Thanks for linking this.
Jun. 11th, 2014 07:36 pm (UTC)
Let me know what you think once you have. I go through phases with poetry, on again, off again. He reminds me why I should be much more on again, than off.
Jun. 21st, 2014 10:17 pm (UTC)
Ahh, totally behind since I've been traveling again, but thanks for this! I'd only read one of the four poems (the Keats one, way back in either high school or college), so it was fun to be introduced to those and to hear his thoughts about poetry. Like the line about poetry as a needle. :)
Jun. 24th, 2014 03:02 am (UTC)
Such a life, always traveling. Good for you and yours :)

I very much enjoyed his insights :) He said something about how poetry captures a moment of someone's inner thoughts that I liked very much.
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