By Philip Levine
The muse for the name poem of Philip Levine's A stroll with Tom Jefferson is now not the founding father and 3rd president of the U.S. that almost all readers may think upon listening to the identify. Levine's Tom Jefferson is sort of diversified from his namesake: he's an African American dwelling in a destitute sector of business Detroit. yet to Levine, he's "wise, compassionate, planned, honest...a nice unknown American." In A stroll with Tom Jefferson, Philip Levine reminds us why he's most sensible identified for his poems approximately working-class lifestyles in Detroit--and why such a lot of humans count number a Levine poem between their favorites.
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But when they did, he corrected them back (see CP 309–310). ” Frost was entomologist enough to know a thing or two about how grasshoppers spend hot afternoons. But that he should invite us, here, to think of the “lives” they lead is as strikingly odd as the locutions he deploys are suddenly refined (“as of a hot afternoon”). But the essay grows stranger still. ” The Figure Frost’s Prose Makes 23 It should be of the pleasure of a poem itself to tell how it can. The figure a poem makes. It begins in delight and ends in wisdom.
Whereas Wordsworth sees the poet as a man speaking to other men from the height (or depth) of his visionary experience, Frost sees the poet as a man enabled by imagination to fasten to the page, in his phrase, the sentence sounds that constitute life in the speech of all men. In the letters of 1913–1915, there is no mention of constructing the illusion through speech of a coherent personality or of showing a consciousness unfolding or of representing a private, interior drama of a self that asks to be known through the medium of a shared language.
CPPP 776) In this paragraph, we again hear what distinguishes Frost’s peculiar “colloquiality”: the ingredient in it of a phrasing by turns oddly formal, and by turns ever so slightly archaic. ” Frost perfectly catches the tone of knowing impatience. ” “Come up” is likely the idiom felt. ” Curiosities of phrasing such as this occasionally led editors to correct Frost’s prose. But when they did, he corrected them back (see CP 309–310). ” Frost was entomologist enough to know a thing or two about how grasshoppers spend hot afternoons.
A Walk with Jefferson by Philip Levine