History Of The Night Poem by Jorge Luis Borges

History Of The Night

Rating: 3.9

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UnKnown Messenger 21 July 2010

In fact unlike Pieter I appreciate Michael Pruchnicki's response because most of these late poets' poems sound to the average Joe like a load of gibberish. (me in particular) Perhaps something like 'expressive' is not worthy of a great poet if you can truly fathom his/her greatness. As far as poems are concerned I do believe seeing them from the poet's perspective makes it all the more better than what you make of it. Not everyone can know everything and simplest of poems do require some understanding of the use of words and phrases outside of it. In that sense as Straw says nothing is pure poetry.

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enjoyed this poem and the poet's style..about the content..i liked the first part..nice to see this discussion and the differencies of opinions...you made our poet feel little alive again..thank you

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Cyrina Moon 21 July 2007

Absolute brilliance. You've unveiled encapsuled visions of ones who've walked before us in remarkable poetic hindsight. Cy

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I love this poem. Its so well-worded and well thought of. Tatianna Rei

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Major Tom 21 July 2009

Dear mr. Straw, I have to dissagree with you. First of all, gongorism is a literary style, you may or you may not like it. And Shakespeare? It shows total lack of knowledge to say something like that. He is the writer who introduced many, but really many neologisms in the English language; do you think it was easy for an 16th century man to read his sonets? Defining poetry is very hard, almost impossible, and there cannot be a contradiction in poetry, for it is poetry; I don't believe you should be making such conclusions without thinking them through all the way. I had no intention of insulting you while writing this, my goal was to defend an artist who has been underservedly criticised. A great artist.

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Edwin Cordevilla 21 July 2010

To be able to truly appreciate this poem, it is my opinion that one needs not only to train the eye, but also the soul. Borges achieves both the beauty of simplicity and complexity in this poem. Simplicity, because he used simple, easy-to-understand words. Complexity, because although the presentation may be simple, the poem displays a universe of varying meanings, where every re-reading may yield new meanings, new perspective. To enjoy this poem, the reader needs to approach it with absolute honesty and truthfulness, otherwise, the reader may be missing a real, rare gem.

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Joshua Livengood 21 July 2010

i only liked the begining of it.

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Kevin Straw 21 July 2010

So there was night, and then a word for it. Borges does not get anywhere near a poetic expression of the transition between the wordless experience of night and the creation of a word for it. The constant references to knowledge which the reader may or may not have are both irritating and irrelevant. I repeat, a poem should contain all the information needed for an understanding of it. Whoever mentioned Shakespeare's neologisms as a response to my last comment is well off the track I beat thereby.

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Joseph Poewhit 21 July 2010

Words capture man's nature. Day and night created by, GOD, very simple. Then man through invention, adds to the simple beauty of GODS creation. Making his life more complex and trying by invention.

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Ramesh T A 21 July 2010

The night we know has beginning and end! But the night in the Universe is endless! The myths and the messages of night we all know from the poems of poets since long start from the first literary out put in the world. In this poem the poet touches of a few important aspects well!

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Jorge Luis Borges

Jorge Luis Borges

Buenos Aires / Argentina
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