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Book Review: The Antigone Poems by Marie Slaight

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Sure tales are timeless, and they are often reshaped in some ways, with out shedding their essence, such is the story of Antigone. First launched to the world as a heroine by Sophocles, she now re-emerges in "The Antigone Poems" of Marie Slaight. Nevertheless, the heroine of this quantity will not be one lady, however all.

This quantity's cowl is haunting by the depth of its simplicity. Earlier than we learn Slaight's poems, we see Terrence Tasker's work, to whom this quantity is definitely devoted. Tasker's charcoal drawings shut every of the 5 chapters of the guide and their uncooked high quality matches that of the poems. Even when there aren't that many drawings, they go away their imprint not simply on the pages, however in your reminiscence as nicely. The wonder in Terrence Tasker's drawings lies in his capability to permit and virtually unnoticeably push the viewer to venture their very own pictures over his. The photographs I noticed have been crammed with ache, desolation, and silent despair.

Additionally, the format of the guide may be very nicely thought out because it turns into a device to manage the reader. The empty web page which faithfully follows every poem forces us to mirror – even when solely fractions of a second – extra on what we’ve simply skilled. It dictates the tempo of Marie Slaight's track.

Her phrases align themselves obediently to the rhythm of some international tribal drums. It's not a lot the phrases themselves, however how they’re put to make use of that empowers these poems. Their order appears unnatural at first, however every time you learn them, they converse to you extra. Additionally, many sudden associations problem the reader's creativeness "like scattered dynamite / dissembled energy / shattered glass". There are specific phrases that recur virtually obsessively (blood, daemon, solar) which hang-out Antigone by her journey. However the beat that overshadows all the opposite devices is the fusion of delight and ache. It’s this fragile string which interweaves each of those contrasting feelings that ties all of the poems collectively. There’s a voluptuousness about ache, and a misery in pleasure that Marie Slaight will not be afraid to discover.

Though the feminine spirit appears to be dominating all through "The Antigone Poems", the emotions these converse of transcend the inflexible boundaries of gender. Common themes like love, ardour, ache, lust, loneliness are mixed in a novel method by a robust imagery. The poet makes use of all our senses to understand interior states in a extra natural method. So, we come to odor the odor / see the colours / hear the melody / sense the heat / style the flavour of Her feelings.

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