Host(s): Gregory Fitz Gerald and Rodney Parshall
Tape order number: VF-3-2
Visit Date: April 11, 1972
Length: 30 minutes
Brief Summary: Hall stresses poetry's form over poetry's message and emphasizes the craft of poetry, noting that he takes two to four years to finish a poem. He says that poems are never about anything, that they embody feelings and the release of the poet from the control of civilization; thus, the importance of pre-rational thinking and dreams to poets. Hall regrets omitting Ginsberg from the 1962 edition of Contemporary American Poetry.
I try to talk about the 'Peas Porridge Hot' part of John Donne.
-- Donald Hall
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