Subscribe: by Email | in Reader

Young Poets -- Nicanor Parra

       
(Poem #190) Young Poets
 Write as you will
 In whatever style you like
 Too much blood has run under the bridge
 To go on believing
 That only one road is right.

 In poetry everything is permitted.

 With only this condition of course,
 You have to improve the blank page.
-- Nicanor Parra
       (trans. by Miller Williams)

Today's poem - or, rather, antipoem[1] - is surely the final word on the
'prescriptive poetry' front. I don't think I need say very much about it,
except that the last line is a beautifully and slyly unexpected conclusion,
with which I agree wholeheartedly.

A quick note on form - I've gone into the difference between free verse and
unstrutured verse before (see, for example the comments at poem #54),
but the antipoem is by its very nature unstructured - the form here is a
deliberate formlessness that, while not my favourite poetic style, can be
refreshingly original if done well.

[1] The biography describes the concept nicely, so I won't repeat it here.

Biographical Note:

Parra, Nicanor

 b. Sept. 5, 1914, San Fabian, Chile

  one of the most important Latin-American poets of his time, the originator
  of so-called antipoetry (poetry that opposes traditional poetic techniques
  or styles).

  Parra studied mathematics and physics at the University of Chile in
  Santiago, at Brown University, Providence, R.I., U.S. (1943-45), and at
  the University of Oxford. From 1952 he taught theoretical physics at the
  University of Chile.

  Although Parra later renounced his first book of poetry, Cancionero sin
  nombre (1937; "Songbook Without a Name"), his use of colloquial, often
  irreverent language, the light treatment of classical forms, and his
  humorous tone in that volume presage his later antipoetry.

  With Poemas y antipoemas (1954; Poems and Antipoems), Parra's attempts at
  making poetry more accessible to the masses gained him national and
  international fame. These verses treat common, everyday problems of a
  grotesque and often absurd world in clear, direct language and with black
  humour and ironic vision.

  After experimenting with the local speech and humour of the Chilean lower
  classes in La cueca larga (1958; "The Long Cueca [Dance]"), Parra
  published Versos de salón (1962; "Verses of the Salon"), which continued
  the antipoetic techniques of his earlier works. Obra gruesa (1969; "Big
  Work") is a collection of Parra's poems, excluding his first book. Its
  tone of dissatisfaction is intensified by the use of prosaic language,
  cliché, and ironic wordplay.

  In 1967 Parra began to write experimental short poems that he later
  published as a collection of postcards entitled Artefactos (1972;
  "Artifacts"). In these he attempted to reduce language to its simplest
  form without destroying its social and philosophical impact. Later
  collections include Sermones y prédicas del Cristo de Elqui (1977; Sermons
  and Homilies of the Christ of Elqui) and Hojas de Parra (1985; "Leaves
  [Pages] of Parra").

        -- EB

And finally, a bonus poem that delivers a rather trenchant comment on
antipoetry:

  Antipoetry

   Like Nicanor Parra I write antipoetry
   antipoems for antipeople in antibooks
   antipoems for anticritics for antireaders
   antipoetry for antiassholes in the antimatter
   antielectrons in the antiatoms for antideaf
   in my antiadaptation to the literary world
   in the antigroup of the antiliterature
   antipoetry for antieditors for antiprizes
   for antilectors for anticorrectors for antipublishers
   and it is not because I don't like poetry or
   because I don't like critics, it is because,
   like any other antipoet I only know
   how to write
   antipoetry.

          -- Moshe Benarroch

m.

50 comments: ( or Leave a comment )

Viagra Online said...

sure, you are free to write whatever you want, in the way you want, and don't be afraid to express your feelings, remember your voice is not the only way to communicate, your words is also a way to speak.

vigrx plus said...

penis enlargement, penis enlargement pills, male enhancement, male enhancement pills

Penis enlargement pills have been proven is the best way to make the penis bigger and effective to increase men’s sexual performance.vimax pills, vigrx plus, prosolution pills, maleextra

Jasa Seo said...

Tiket Pesawat Murah | Sari Jahe | Promo | Info Promo Diskon Hari Ini | Diskon | Promo Diskon | Harga Tiket Pesawat | Temulawak | Photo Prewedding | UPVC WINDOW | Kamera CCTV | Jual CCTV | Pasang CCTV | Minuman Suplemen | Tiket Pesawat Murah | Harga Tiket Pesawat | Tiket Pesawat Online

Kim Kardashian Bugil | wallpaper lucu | Ultrabook Notebook Tipis Harga Murah Terbaik | Info Terkini | Harga Notebook | Jasa Seo | Jasa Seo | apa seo | Layanan Seo | Konsultan Seo
I am very enjoyed for this blog. Its an informative topic. It help me very much to solve some problems. Its opportunity are so fantastic and working style so speedy. I think it may be help all of you. Thanks.

Bank Terbaik di Indonesia said...

Thanks for the informative blog. The place else may possibly just I get that kind of info written in such a excellent approach? I’ve a venture that I’m just now operating on, and I’ve been on the glance out for such info.

support : Kata Bijak | Zodiak | Cerpen Cinta | Kata Bijak

Power Graphics said...

I feel strongly about this and so really like getting to know more on this kind of field. It should be really useful for all of us.Power Graphics

Lush Five said...

That’s been one of my mantras – focus and simplicity. Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.Lush Five

Chicago Limousine Services said...

But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains

Car dealer Tampa said...

Sizzling : Assortment is often a sincere and also secret London companion agency gives authentic London escorts young ladies with regard to guys involving taste.for more info see Car dealer Tampa

Bigcommerce Offer App said...

This can be a great sound judgment post. Worthwhile one who is merely seeking the means relating to this element. It's going to undoubtedly help teach me personally. Bigcommerce Offer App

essay papers said...

That could starting have been for this reason amazing. custom-made logo be provided with might be widely amazing only reserved for a current paperwork generating products and services utilizing your emotions is frequently their process in an attempt to hump a full brand essay papers. The spouse and as well the associate besides all of us active completely evince this unique proofreading products and services on the web sorts of individual. Substantial thanks a lot.

Rino Wijaya said...

News you wrote is very nice and made ​​me feel at home reading on your website. But I apologize in advance because I wanted to ask you to read the article kata kata lucu, kata kata mutiara, kata kata romantis, kata kata bijak, kata kata cinta, pakar seo and many other interesting articles that can be read on my website ( pasang iklan ).

Paul Reed said...

your blog is good and nice post. Eye Care Centre | SEO AND SMO SERVICES | I learn something more challenging on distinct blogs everyday.

salman khan said...

There wasnt a major growth but my boobs were a little more plump and full. Disappointed that it did not include a miter guide. I have even made adjustments so I can throw in a little ground flavored coffee while still using the grinder. Brooklyn dentists

hani said...

all of which have been presented by this website was perfect, good appearance and cara memperbesar penis terbaik artikelnya..penuh color and full of meaning ..

Marsya Sanju said...

all of which served to make me salute, this site is full of helpful information and news that, hopefully specifications and price | luxury bathroom | car with the frequently updated to make this website more useful lagi..thx

Accredited GED Online said...

great work has done thanks for sharing and keep it up

High School Diploma Program said...

Very intresting post i have got here keep it up.

Grosir Obat said...

Berikut kami akan membahas tentang bagai mana cara memperbesar penis dengan hasil cepat dan aman tanpa operasi

jika anda ingin memperbesar penis dengan hasil cepat,aman tanpa operasi itu mudah anda bisa pilih cara memperbesar penis dengan salah satu obat pembesar penis herbal seperti Neosize xl | obat Vimax | Vigrx Plus original

jika anda riskan konsumsi obat pembesar penis anda bisa pilih jalan lain seperti metode trapi ( pemakaian luar ) kami juga punya solusinya anda harus punya alat pembesar penis sejenis vacum penis atau Vimax Extender dan Pro Extender

Berikut penjelasan kami :

Apa Neosize Xl itu : Neosize Xl

Apa Vimax Asli itu : Vimax Asli Canada

Apa Vigrx Plus itu : Vigrx Plus

Apa Vacum Penis Itu : Vacum Penis

Apa Vimax Extender itu : Vimax Extender Asli

Apa Pro Extender itu : Pro Extender

Sekarang anda bisa tau rahasia cara memperbesar penis dengan aman tanpa operasi.selamat mencoba.

Obat Vimax said...


kini kami akan bahas tentang kesehatan dan kecantikan perawatan tubuh maupun pengobatan secara alami :

Berikut : obat peninggi badan

Berikut : obat pembesar payudara

Berikut : cara merontokan bulu permanen

Berikut : obat pelangsing badan

Berikut : cara sehat alami

Berikut : cara mempercantik wajah dan tubuh

Berikut : obat penggemuk badan

Berikut : cara mengobati ejakulasi dini

Berikut : Obat penyubur seperma

Berikut : penis bendera

Berikut : Alat Pembesar Payudara

Berikut : Obat kuat

Berikut : perangsang wanita

Berikut : alat bantu sex pria

Berikut : alat bantu sex wanita

Berikut : boneka full body

Berikut : Cara memperbesar penis

Berikut : Oil pembesar penis

Berikut : Celana Hernia

Berikut : vimax original

Berikut : ciri vimax asli

Berikut : Obat Kuat Sex Pria

TERIMA KASIH

Obat Herbal said...

Seberat apapun beban masalah yang kamu hadapi saat ini, percayalah bahwa semua itu tidak pernah melebihi batas kemampuan kamu.

Atley said...

science in design for bedroom let stand will settle and disappear if price kawasaki ninja not shared, one means of specifications and price mobile sharing is how to flash phone via the specification new android Internet, home design minimalist thanks to the blog new price mobile phone android admin because it has been how to fix battery willing to share with us

Post a Comment