The monthly Classic Poem series at Slate, conducted by Robert Pinsky, has resumed. The most recent discussion posted on March 26, 2015 is of two translations, one by Langston Hughes and one by J.V. Cunningham.”
Slate maintains an archive of the Classic Poem discussions reaching back for years.
The free-standing, blog-style version that has been presented here for about a year as the Poetry Forum will remain available as an archive. (List of those eleven discussions below).
As always, the series is a forum, and emphatically invites discussion with, and among, readers.
POETRY FORUM ARCHIVE
Rhetoric That Is Not Rhetoric: Robert Hayden’s “Frederick Douglass”
A poetic triumph of rhetoric against rhetoric.
Dec 3, 2014
The Word “Dear” on the Upper Verge
An enduring, brilliant image for loss, including loss of memory and loss of love, on a blank page.
July 30, 2014
The Projection of Meaning
Two trashy protagonists — actual trash — imbued with feeling and meaning by the force of imagination.
July 30, 2014
The Art of Noticing
A poet deploys her acute powers of observation to evoke the chemo-induced gaps and peculiarities in her search for a word.
Sept 17, 2014
Fine Knacks, Painted Things: John Dowland and Michael Drayton
The intricate, elaborate pursuit of “plainness,” in courtship and poetry.
Mar 26, 2014
The Sweetest Dream that Labor Knows: Williams and Frost
How the facts of work demonstrate the similarities between Robert Frost and William Carlos Williams.
Feb 12, 2014
Epigrams and Images: Dickinson, Pound, and Landor
Do conventional categories like “Imagism” and “Epigram” blur the nature of actual poems?
Jan 09, 2014
“The Man of Double Deed,” Anonymous
Method and wildness, fundamental energies of poetry, in a great anonymous work.
Dec 04, 2013
Poe’s “Fairy-Land” and Bishop’s “Man-Moth”
Did Egar Allan Poe’s best poem, according to Elizabeth Bishop, inspire one of hers?
Oct 23, 2013
“Nick and the Candlestick,” Sylvia Plath
What the voice of a Jamaican immigrant demonstrates about Plath’s poem.
Sep 25, 2013
“Women,” Louise Bogan
The mill-worker’s daughter who became poetry editor and reviewer for The New Yorker writes twenty lines of defiant irony.
Sep 18, 2013