Allen’s Basic Poetics class (today from July 1st, 1980) continues. The tape begins approximately one-and-a-half minutes in. There is some brief delay at the beginning.
AG: I’ll be right back, I’m going to get a chair – PO: Do you want me to get one?
AG: Sorry I didn’t get here earlier… There were a couple of little things I wanted to clean up that I mentioned before. We were talking about “All the night by rose, rose” – what was that? anybody know where that is? – “All night by the rose, rose/All night by … Read More
Last weekend it was a triple-X reading, this weekend it’s an interrupted reading. Well, we’ve had those, of course, several times before here on the Ginsberg Project (notably, with the participant, the agency of disruption, being a rambuncious Gregory Corso – see, for example here and here). It’s not Gregory this time, but an oblivious insistent audience-member, who finally has to be escorted from the room, not before causing some considerable mayhem and clearly affecting Allen (he amends his first poem – “Birdbrain is a poet talking … Read More
And for today just one more…. [Allen continues with his survey for his class at the Naropa Institute, in July 1980, on early English poetry]
AG: Now William Dunbar (next), page seventy-two…. (but), let’s see, is there anything I should.. .Yeah, there’s one little thing (possibly) – Yeah, there’s a funny little thing before we get to Dunbar, there’s a funny little poem that isn’t in the Norton (anthology) (and) that is in the Auden anthologycalled “The Maidens Came“. It has a line that (T.S.) Eliot repeats somewhere in The Waste Land, or paraphrases, … Read More
Let’s see [Allen, under his breath, sounds it out} Well, basically, if you want the Lyke Wake Dirge rhythmically (it) seems to boil down to four-three, four-three. Four accents, three accents (four accents, three accents –‘This/one/night” “This/one.. one…one and two.. three and four. One-and-two, three-and-four, one and two and three – “Every night and all” – one and … Read More
AG: And then the next one, the Lie-Awake Dirge the Lyke Wake Dirge – the Lie-Awake Dirge – “the night watch kept over a corpse”. So this is really the… this is really a great powerful (one). Does anybody know this (from) before – Lyke Wake Dirge – “This ae night..” Has anybody read this before? [to Student] – I’m very curious. Where did you come across it?. In the Auden? [Auden-Pearson anthology] – Where did you get it? –
… Yeah – It’s really a great anthology that…You’ve got all five? – I don’t know if you’ve
Allen Ginsberg continues his discussion of early English lyricsAG: “Westron Wynde” – Does anybody know that? – “Westron wynde, when wilt thou blow?” – Huh? – Before we get there – wait a minute- yeah, “Westron Wynde” (page sixty-nine). How many people… how many have heard of that before? – Raise your hand if you have [a scattering in the class raise their hands] – You mean there are (only) five people in this class that have ever heard of that? . Okay. This is maybe the greatest poem in the English language. Really! – Like, the archetype poem … Read More