Archive for the 'Gwynne' Category

There’s a Trick with a Knife I’m Learning to Do by Michael Ondaatje

Michael Ondaatje’s book There’s a Trick with a Knife I’m Learning to Do is most strongly characterized by its impressive imagery and word choice. The structure of the poetry varies, as Ondaatje plays with line, stanza, italics, and punctuation—all are used to bring a certain art to the poems, and to reinforce meaning. At times […]

House of Light by Mary Oliver

House of Light by Mary Oliver, simply put, is a contemplation of beauty. The most common theme in the book is that of nature—in fact, this is the common theme in all of Oliver’s poetry. Some other concentrations in House of Light are religion, which Oliver addresses through her frequent references to Jesus and Buddha, […]

Breath by Philip Levine

Breath by Philip Levine seems to function mostly as a narrative—it is, essentially, a snapshot of the author’s life. His poems have a straightforward form that generally doesn’t break into stanzas; this structure gives the entire book a very “prosey” feel. Because of this simplistic form, line is very important in the book and Levine […]