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Looking for a poem
Posted by: ace (202.175.226.---)
Date: June 07, 2003 08:42AM

I remember the first line of a poem I read over two decades ago going like this: "Coming to the city on a wintry evening..." I have forgotten the rest of the lines except for the last phrase "the all too human heart." The theme, I think, is about the balancing of the intellectual and the emotional in art.

Please help me find the poem.


Re: Looking for a poem
Posted by: ilza (200.162.247.---)
Date: June 07, 2003 07:31PM

AT A BACH CONCERT

Coming by evening through the wintry city
We said that art is out of love with life.
Here we approach a love that is not pity.

This antique discipline, tenderly severe,
Renews belief in love yet masters feeling,
Asking of us a grace in what we bear.

Form is the ultimate gift that love can offer -
The vital union of necessity
With all that we desire, all that we suffer.

A too-compassionate art is half an art.
Only such proud restraining purity
Restores the else-betrayed, too-human heart.

Adrienne Rich


Re: Looking for a poem
Posted by: ace (202.175.226.---)
Date: June 07, 2003 10:23PM

Thanks, Ilza, that's the poem! Our professor of comparative literature shared this poem with us in her class. I lost my copy over the years.

It really feels great to get it back, thanks to you.

Wow, you are a set of geniuses in this forum!


Re: Looking for a poem
Posted by: ilza (200.162.247.---)
Date: June 07, 2003 10:30PM

you're welcome




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