Monday, January 20, 2003

Having It Out With Melancholy Comments

Rating: 4.7

1FROM THE NURSERY


When I was born, you waited

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Jane Kenyon
COMMENTS
Fabrizio Frosini 15 December 2015

When I was born, you waited behind a pile of linen in the nursery, and when we were alone, you lay down on top of me, pressing the bile of desolation into every pore. - ITALIAN: Quando nacqui, tu aspettavi dietro una pila di biancheria nella nursery, e quando eravamo soli, ti sdraiavi sopra di me, spremendo il fiele della disperazione in ogni poro.

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Smoky Hoss 24 May 2015

An expansive, transparent honesty envelopes these wonderful words; great poem.

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Linda Goodman 03 December 2007

Jane's dialogue with depression carries a powerful message and as Wilhelmina Jenkins notes, should be read by anyone who has suffered from depression. I would like to add that it should also be read by those who do not suffer from depression, so clear is the picture she paints. On the flip-side, I love her poem 'Otherwise' as it describes in a moment of clarity the gratitude of which we all need to be reminded. lmg

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Wilhelmina Jenkins 28 May 2007

A breathtaking insight into the pain of depression and the exhilleration when it finally lifts.Some experiences can only be communicated poetically, and Kenyon does a beautiful job here. Should be read by everyone whose life has been touched in any way by the horror of depression.

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Jessica Dillaway 02 November 2006

this poem is the story of my life one of my favorite poets

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