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Samuel Menashe: New and Selected Poems (American Poets Project) [Hardcover]

By Christopher Ricks (Editor)
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A collection of original and definitive poems, published in conjunction with the nineteenth-century American poet's receipt of The Poetry Foundation's first Neglected Masters Award, offers insight into his work's religious themes, musical and rigorous structure, and solitary meditative qualities.

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Pages   191
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 4.75" Height: 7.75"
Weight:   0.6 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Oct 6, 2005
Publisher   Library of America
ISBN  1931082855  
ISBN13  9781931082853  

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More About Christopher Ricks

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Christopher Ricks is a Warren Professor of the Humanities, codirector of the Editorial Institute at Boston University, and a member of the Association of Literary Scholars and Critics. He was formerly professor of English at the universities of Bristol and Cambridge.

Ricks is the author of Milton's Grand Style (1963), Tennyson (second edition, 1989), Keats and Embarrassment (1974), The Force of Poetry (1984), T.S. Eliot and Prejudice (1988), Beckett's Dying Words (1993), Essays in Appreciation (1996), Allusion to the Poets (2002), and Reviewery (2003). He is also the editor of Poems of Tennyson (second edition, 1987), The New Oxford Book of Victorian Verse (1987), A.E. Housman: Collected Poems and Selected Prose (1988), Inventions of the March Hare: Poems 1909-1917 by T.S. Eliot (1996), The Oxford Book of English Verse (1999), Selected Poems of James Henry (2002), and Decisions and Revisions in T.S. Eliot (2003).

Christopher Ricks was born in 1933 and has an academic affiliation as follows - Boston University.

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Samuel Menashe: Neglected no more!  Jun 25, 2008
Menashe is getting at last the recognition so long overdue. His poetry combines wit with precision in its lean spareness. I hope that many more will discover this master.
Bruce M. Shipman
The master of 'less is more'  Sep 17, 2007
I first became truly aware of the poetry of Samuel Menashe from a lecture given in Jerusalem by a young scholar, Jessica Sacks, who is writing her Ph.D. on Menashe, and the Hebrew poet, Yehuda Amichai. She read a number of extremely brief poems which the members of the audience took intense interest in, and found layer after layer of meaning in.
Menashe is a poet's poet if one thinks of poetry as an art of condensation, of making maximum meaning in minimum space. His poems can be a few lines though often they reach ten or so. The lines too are short and often rhyme. Each word and even each syllable count. There is at times with all the multiple meaning, with all the implication upon implication a friendly kind of humor. Though he is alone and says he now believes he should have made a family he does not seem desperate or lost. Instead there is a certain optimism , a looking up , a kind of rising movement at the end of many of his poems.
Menashe writes about himself, his body, what he sees in the little space of his apartment and in his own small world. He writes occasionally about the war he was a part of, and a good many of his poems relate to the Bible, and the Jewish tradition. Clearly there is something of Proverbs in his work, and he is a kind of 'wisdom- poet'. Emily Dickinson comes to mind for first comparison. The brevity and the assonances, the aphoristic quality of her lines, the paradox and probing are qualities Menashe shares with her. But Menashe's language is far more down home, and colloquial. I find many of his lines memorable and he is the kind of poet who I think will live through many memorizing the poems. Here is the title poem of an earlier Menashe collection.

"The niche narrows
Hones one thin
Until his bones
Disclose him"

The poem is epigrammatic and a kind of puzzle. It is a concise and intense desciption of aging and death, a revelation of what will happen to all of us.

Menashe gives us a small text, a few words and draws us to read and reread the work. Camus said that Kafka's genius was in his leading us to reread in this way. And the gift of Menashe's poetry will certainly be given more greatly to those willing to give it time, and know it from depth to greater depth.
There are two clips of Menashe reading his poetry on YouTube and they show him to be not only a wonderful reader, but a warm, intelligent, humorous, modest and quietly ironic person. And this adds to the sense of how valuable the Poetry is.


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