Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Poetry and Menagerie

Have you ever noticed that the word “poetry” rhymes with “menagerie”?

Or perhaps it doesn’t….hmmm....

But since we’re on the topic of poetry and menagerie, let’s go with it. 

Here is a quote from the Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams (1911-1983):
"In memory everything seems to happen to music."

We could also turn to Ogden Nash’s poetry. 

Ogden Nash (1902-1971) has written many poems whose syllables are tamed and given new meaning in a myriad of puns. 
Playful and colourful, some of the poet’s word-creatures turn bizarre at times:

A quote from the poem “The Ostrich”:

"The ostrich roams the great Sahara.
Its mouth is wide, its neck is narra."

 Finally, a few words about a magnificent poem: The Wine Menagerie by Hart Crane (1899-1932).  
It’s a poem of multiple metamorphoses – where wine serves as the proposed ingredient (more of a literary convention, in reality)  for unbridled imagination and soaring metaphors.

Here are some lines from The Wine Menagerie:

“New thresholds, new anatomies! Wine talons
Build freedom up about and distill
This competence – to travel in a tear
Sparkling alone, within another’s will.”

1 comment:

John Hayes said...

"Poetry" & "menagerie" is a great rhyme in my book--interesting post combining Tennessee Williams, Ogden Nash & Hart Crane! That's a menagerie indeed!

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