I will incline mine ear to the parable, and shew my dark speech upon the harpfrom Psalm 49
I loved this!
The title makes me think of the Cary Grant/Sophia Loren vehicle Houseboat (1958?). In it, Sophia sings a silly song that begins, "Presto, presto, do your very best-o, don't be sad like a shy little kid."
Tangentially related: A friend pointed me last week to an article by Poetry editor C. Wiman. I'm not a reader of Poetry (the magazine) and knew nothing of Wiman. Curious to hear whether you knew him to be a thinker of this stripe, and whether you know his background much.(I believe I'll cc this question to Meredith over at For Keats'.)
Paul,I knew next to nothing about Christian Wiman; thank you for the illuminating article!
You're welcome. : )I wonder if you've seen now Meredith's reply to me in her recent post excerpting 'manifestos' from Poetry — same question. She points to an earlier American Scholar piece by Wiman. Provides some context for this later essay of his. I found it helpful for fleshing him out a bit.Via Google, this interview with Wiman in Books & Culture. (That item makes reference to a New Yorker article about Poetry and the Poetry Foundation, apparently this one.)
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