Rain In this his first volume of original verse since the award winning Landing Light Don Paterson is found writing at his most memorable and direct In an assembly of masterful lyrics and monologues he

  • Title: Rain
  • Author: Don Paterson
  • ISBN: 9780571251742
  • Page: 430
  • Format: Paperback
  • Rain

    In this, his first volume of original verse since the award winning Landing Light, Don Paterson is found writing at his most memorable and direct In an assembly of masterful lyrics and monologues, he conjures a series of fables and charms that serve both to expose us to the unsettling forces within the world and simultaneously offer some protection against them Whether oIn this, his first volume of original verse since the award winning Landing Light, Don Paterson is found writing at his most memorable and direct In an assembly of masterful lyrics and monologues, he conjures a series of fables and charms that serve both to expose us to the unsettling forces within the world and simultaneously offer some protection against them Whether outwardly elemental in their address, or personal in their direction, these poems to the rain and the sea, to his young sons or beloved friends never shy from their inquiry into truth and lie, embracing everything in scope from the rangy narrative to the tiny renku Rain, which includes the winner of this year s Forward Prize for the Best Individual Poem and an extended elegy for the poet Michael Donaghy, is Don Paterson s most intimate and manifest collection to date.

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    1. Philippe

      Paterson is at his most mellow and accessible here Nevertheless, no chit chat or beatific love poetry in this collection Rain is patterned with grand philosophical questions The feeling of cosmic forlornness that pervades the earlier work is there The poet makes grim fun of our human hubris, the risible failings of our cognitive faculties and our delusional desire for control over a nature that does quite well without this meddlesome human species, thank you One of the poems I love to revisit is [...]

    2. Terry

      I loved Don Paterson s earlier collection, Landing Light, when I first heard him read in 2005 So I was eager to dive into this latest volume of poems in forms that range from sonnet to haiku, poems in Scots dialect, and poems adapted from Spanish, French and Chinese among others Here, again, are the pliable rhythms and the searing intellect I ve learned to expect from Paterson, this time in a darker key This volume is loaded with elegy and metaphysical anxiety in the tradition of Larkin s Aubade [...]

    3. Rob the Obscure

      I didn t like ALL of these poems But I liked most of them, and some of them just left me arrested Paterson still uses rhyme, still uses form, much in a somewhat traditional way But he is using it to express feelings and insights that are brutally honest Please read this The poem Rain finishes the book, and the finish to the poem is simply brilliant Phantom , about his friend Michael D is simply stunning.Please read.

    4. Tristan

      Actual rating 2.5 rounded down out of frustration This is the second book in as many weeks that I seriously considered giving gave fewer than three stars to I was going to settle on three stars because I did like the poem The Lie , or perhaps accurately found there to be something interesting in the poem The Lie This poem took a really interesting topic as its center, showing the speaker sneaking about to make sure that everything was in order with The Lie , a being that lives in his house and [...]

    5. Mark Foulkes

      There is no doubt this is a great collection of poems It deals with the big questions about existence, the human condition and the difficulties with perception Despite its philosophical range the poems still maintain warmth and humour and a human scale.My two favourite pieces in the book are the poem The Bathysphere which conjures up the idea of a man who buys a second hand and as it turns out, very well used underwater craft and sits in it for two years on dry land, and Song For Natalie Beridse [...]

    6. Rui Carlos da Cunha

      Well written with traditional rhyme patterns free verse style Somewhat melancholic since a number of the poems appear to be about the death of a son and the final set of poems about the death of the poet, Michael Donaghy, a friend of Paterson A couple of pieces are in Scottish brogue but easy to decipher, especially with vocabulary at the bottom of the page of one poem Fairly easy to comprehend upon a second reading of each poem Several translations of various poets add flair and style to this s [...]

    7. Michael Vagnetti

      Characteristics of this book, that, in mentioning, I second end rhymes Paterson is far regular at this combination of standard captitalization punctuation and none narrative poems subjective personae theme multiple poems about rain, and a concept of rain poems about concept of mind He breaks out of form in Song for Natalie Tusja Beridze, and a series of loose renku There are also translations.

    8. g026r

      A bit too fond of platitude, and a bit too formalist in structure particularly with regards rhyme scheme, where he shows a strong love of rhyming couplets that most frequently works, in my opinion, to the poems detriment A handful of enjoyable works, but overall not to my taste.And, as a computer person, the Forward Prize winning Love Poem for Natalie Tusja Beridze was simply painful.

    9. Elizabeth

      Once I figured out who Michael Donaghy was, much of this book opened up for me I was reminded of Lovecraft, of Frost, of Yeats, Muldoon, Heaneyd none of them Paterson just does it He puts his eye to the window and does not blink at the darkness He opens the bathysphere and does not drown in the shadows, or the inevitable rising I wonder if he will rust.

    10. Matt

      really wonderful, quizzical, graceful, dark but with a light touchunlike much other modern poetry I ve read but in a very original wayIf you re looking for a new European Scottish poet to discover, you could do much, much worse than to spend an afternoon reading him it won t be just an afternoon, either

    11. Gunita Zaube

      Some excellent poems, emotional and philosophical It s a joy to read them My favourite poems in this collection The Story of the Blue Flower , Why do you stay up so late , Sky Song and The Landscape.

    12. J.S. Watts

      Rain is an interesting poetry collection, but I didn t connect with it the way I connected with Landing Light I read Rain because I liked Patterson s Landing Light so much Unfortunately, for me, Rain was something of an anti climax.It is a collection of lyric poems and monologues, most of them traditionally rhythmic and rhyming, which summon up charms, fables and memories with which to explore the world Because I draw on fable, myth and memory in my own writing, I was doubly attracted to the boo [...]

    13. Brendan

      Oh my goodness, it s as if it has literally never occurred to Don Paterson that rhyming is optional, or as if he lives in a weird parallel universe where Eliot, Auden, Dylan Thomas, and Ted Hughes never existed, and John Betjeman is considered good Not that I mind rhymes in modern poetry my favorite poet is Philip Larkin, after all but it needs to be done better than this end stopped doggerel.I m being harsh To be sure, there are some memorable poems in this book The Lie, for instance, narrated [...]

    14. Brian

      Most of the poems in this collection use a variety of regular rhyming schemes, which is refreshing from a modern post modern poet His non rhyming work is excellent, too, though, as in When they ask me what I saw, they all expect some blissed out excuse for my not saying, but I know what I saw I saw in everything the germ and genius of its own ascent, the fire of its increase I saw the earth put forth the trees, like a woman her dark hair I saw the sun s star and the river s river, I saw the whol [...]

    15. M.B.

      Some excellent poems Some too general platitude preachy we humans are this we humans are that even though agreed generally with the vision Favourite poem a version of Cavafy, The Bowl Maker Other good poems Two Trees , The Rain at Sea , The Story of the Blue Flower , The Wind , Phantom though Phantom is mixed, a bit absolutist in parts On the whole enjoyed very much, thought its praise deserved.

    16. Michael Palkowski

      Rain , the title piece which appears at the end of the book is fantastic The quality wains occasionally however and the poetic construction seemed lazy at points, such as had had in a particular line The content becomes at times like platitudes or lines that seem stripped of true purpose or content, but snapshots that have unknown relevance to the author himself Despite this, it s a pleasant read with the odd stroke of brilliance.

    17. Danny Daley

      It s rare that I find a well received collection that I dislike so much The structures of the poems are varied, almost as exercises, and yet they all still feel so rigid and dry In reading other reviews, readers have exposited some of the poems, and I find myself thinking Where did you see that The poems are, for me, relatively lifeless.

    18. UChicagoLaw

      Rain by Don Paterson, a Scottish poet and musician, is an accessible, yet bracingly astringent, book of poems that captures both Patterson s local cadences and also vocalizes evocatively wider concerns of aging, loss, and grief Aziz Z Huq

    19. Sarah

      My interest in and enjoyment of these poems rated only about 2 stars, but Paterson is obviously an accomplished poetand the collection is tight so I gave it three The poem The Lie is worth about four and there are a few other poems that sweetened the collection.

    20. C

      I always get nervous when I don t adore something that was on someone s top 10 list These read unremarkably, a few pleasant surprises here and there Plain speech and rhyme, few images But an endearing earnestness.

    21. Martyn

      There are some fine poems in this collection, but too often I found myself frustrated by the overly ornate nature of the writing Too often we see misery, weeping, and writing that just takes itself a little too seriously Not one I enjoyed.

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