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Analysis and comments on At Mass by Vachel Lindsay

Comment 2 of 2, added on April 13th, 2014 at 12:50 PM.
Hummer’s essay on Va

Hummer’s essay on Vachel Lindsay is very interesting.a0 These poems of
his are a reoialtevn of sorts, so different in tone–but not in
manner–from the ones that everybody of my generation knows. He feels like
a precursor of rap, because of his snappy meters and repetitions and swift
flow; there’s something almost “smart-alecky” about his lines, oddly
out of synch with the moral earnestness and naive good intentions that make
him feel dated. Even the way he seems to turn against jazz and the
saxophone in these poems, in favor of the romanticized Irish harp, suggests
a kind of narrowness, an inability to love opposites, to hold two things in
focus at the same time. But isn’t that particular faculty for creative
ambivalence exactly what poetry is good at? More

Surykant from Rwandese Republic (Rwanda)
Comment 1 of 2, added on September 23rd, 2005 at 10:00 AM.

This poem shows that faith isn't simple or one-dimensional, but ebbs and
flows in the darkness and complexity of this often less-than-divine world.
The faith expressed and explored here is human and real. And the poem is
artful in its music and economy of language. Vachel Lindsay is a wonderful
poet who's too often overlooked.

Greg Nelson from United States

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Poet: Vachel Lindsay
Poem: At Mass
Added: Jun 10 2005
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Poem of the Day: Sep 23 2005


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