Pure poetry in search of the Nature of Memory, the collection of “Faithful Nights” by Nobel Prize winner Louise Gleick is published


On October 8, 2020 Beijing time, the Nobel Prize in Literature was awarded to American poet Louise Gleick.”The simple beauty of her precise poetic language makes individual existence universal,” the citation said.In March, Century wenjing will publish her new collection of poems, The Night of Loyalty.If In her early writing, Gorek often “turned an ordinary existence into a unique and irreplaceable existence” (in Sichuan-language), “Faithful Night” tends to extract more universal phenomena and meanings from the unique existence.It was first published in 2014 as a National Book Award winner.Though small in size, with only twenty-four poems, it shows a shift from her previous style of writing.Instead of focusing solely on the traumas and epiphanies she experienced from her personal experience, She takes a more detached perspective, discovering the many unspeakable mysteries and dimly visible truths of life in the course of time.As the title suggests, the book is enveloped by the dark atmosphere that Greick has always preferred, a darkness that points not only to pain or the unknowable fate, but also to the limits of life and the loneliness of bereaved relatives that the poet comes to perceive in his later years.The 2014 National Book Award jury said that in this collection of poems, Glick consciously uses “darkness” to blur the lines between opposing objects, such as loss and renewal, male and female, living and dead, in order to awaken readers to experience and examine these uncertainties.The first poem, “Fable,” sets the tone and raises the fundamental questions that run through the book: It describes a group of people about to embark on a journey, and they debate whether the journey has a definite destination at all.Their discussions lasted so long that they delayed their journey for so long that their departure was delayed.But in the process, they have traveled through time, changed in time.Some believe that travelers need to have a purpose, while others believe that we must keep an open mind to discover the truth.The poet oscillates between these two conflicting views of life, and the poems that follow operate within this frame of mind.The title of the collection comes from the poem “The Night of The Faithful,” a misreading: “As I spoke, / My brother was reading a book, which he said was/” The Night of the Faithful.””Night” is actually “Knight” : My brother is reading about King Arthur.But “I” didn’t understand the word and mistook it for “night.”My brother’s book merges with everything around it in my memory, and the whole poem, and even the entire collection, takes the perspective of old age looking back on a distant, mysterious childhood.But the “ME” in “Faithful Night” is a fictional character, a male painter.He appears repeatedly in the poem as the mirror image and contrast of Gerik’s self.The book is better seen as a series or long poem, consisting of many individual poems, each representing a different aspect of life.Shortly before the book was published, Gerik’s mother died and she felt orphaned again.The mention of the word “knight” and the association of the night with the knight conjures up themes of asceticism, fierce sacrifice, and the power of faith forgotten by contemporary people.Greick sees old age as a second childhood, when lust and passion recede and the elements and experiences that shaped her early life come to the surface.At the same time, for the individual, the journey towards the end of life, namely death, also means a second maturity.In general, though there are mythological elements (Arthurian legends) in this collection, It is more simple and concise, and more like a frank and eloquent confession of old age.She explores the dual role of artistic talent — the joy and prestige it brings to creation, as well as torture and pain.At the same time, being an artist can lead to estrangement from loved ones, and it’s not hard to see a hint of guilt in Gleick’s recollection: “My parents were standing in the cold/on the front step.My mother stared at me — / daughter, both women./ You never think of us, she said.”But death, She thought, would heal the rifts.The reporter also learned that, as a great poet who won the Nobel Prize for Literature, there are many poems of Gerik that have not been published in the Chinese world, in the near future, century Wenjing will publish these poems one by one, please look forward to it.Yangtse Evening News/Purple Cow news reporter Huang Yanwen proofread Xu Heng

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