Monday, May 4, 2015

Week #3: The Sound of Music

George Bilgere showed us again how to use a light, even amusing tone to make a very serious point. In "Tosca" we considered three couples: the narrator and his sister, Maria Callas and Tito Gobbi, and, of course, the narrator's parents. Two "lovely, cornball" melodramas--even Tosca has begun to weep.

Donald Justice gives us "quiet but compelling insights" into the shy boy at his piano lesson. We noted that nothing is said of the teacher (except for the "mysterious scents" of the teacher's quarters). A very hopeful poem--the ritual of dealing with "the dread Czerny" has left us "Stupid and wild with love equally for the storms / of C# minor and the calms of C."

As we look to the wonderful and challenging poems of Eavan Boland and David Ferry for this Thursday, ask yourself "What has been lost?"

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