for Students of English Worldwide
Robert Creeley often writes about expansive opposite ideas or contrasts:
incompetence / triumph
unbroken / partial
jeering / proclaiming
Read the following three poems paying attention to, among other things, contrasting ideas and changes in surroundings (or general environment) and the changes of feelings in those surroundings.
Looking to the sea, it is a line
of unbroken mountains.
It is the sky.
It is the ground. There
we live it, on it.
It is a mist
now tangent to another
quiet. Here the leaves
is the rock in evidence
What I come to do
is partial, partially kept.
You send me your poems,
I'll send you mine.
Things tend to awaken
even through random communication.
Let us suddenly
proclaim spring. And jeer
at the others,
all the others.
I will send a picture too
if you will send me one of you.
Whereas the man who hits
the gong dis-
proves it, in all its
Even so the attempt
makes for triumph, in
Likewise in love I
am not foolish or in-
competent. My method is not a
tenderness, but hope
1) "Random" means "well-ordered."
2) A circus is a kind of "carnival."
3) "To jeer" means "to mock."
4) "To proclaim" means "to state."
5) "Simplicity" means "fanciness."
6) "Triumph" means "success."
7) "Innocence" means "sophistication."
8) "Method" means "way."
in a different way
In The Innocence is it fall or spring? Why?
Explain the difference between "in evidence" and "evidence."
What words in The Conspiracy propose possible excitement on the part of the speaker?
The speaker is suggesting two forms of communication. What are they?
Do you sense the speaker wants affection?
Do you think the speaker is soft-hearted? Why?
Me: I am here, I am unreasonable, unhappy, poor (or almost)
X: is there, is logical (most of the time), very happy, a millionaire
Imagine that you love only this person (or thing). Change your mind in the poem.