by Paul Breslin • from Between My Eye and the Light • Triquarterly Books / Northwestern University Press
Paul Breslin is professor emeritus at Northwestern University. His most recent book is a translation of Aimé Césaire’s The Tragedy of King Christophe, forthcoming this season in the Northwestern World Classics series.
Between My Eye and the Light
"By turns civic-minded and intimate, dissenting and resigned, these poems admit paradox in elegant and unexpected ways." (Maggie Dietz)
"Hyperbaton, in Greek, means "overstep-ping," and in classical rhetoric it refers to an inversion or dislocation of normal word order. ... Hyperbaton is one gesture among many that poets might use to produce an effect of strangeness, formality, and literariness. It has particular force when it appears in a poem whose general method tends toward norms of natural speech. Instead of illustrating hyperbaton in a poet of stylized eccentricity, like Gerard Manley Hopkins, I'd like to consider two poets who usually respect what Frost would recognize as sentence sounds."—Rosanna Warren MORE
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