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Possession: A.S. Byatt [Jun. 11th, 2012|05:44 pm]
Tony Grist
A Victorian tragic romance folded up inside a modern romantic comedy- rather beautiful and quite extraordinarily clever with all its mirrorings, doublings and post-modern self awareness. If Charlotte Bronte had come after Joyce and Nabokov- instead of so long before them- this is the sort of thing she might have written. 

Just one note of regret: the poems ascribed to the imagined Victorian protagonists don't quite work. They are the simulacra of poems, not really poems at all. Poetry is one thing you can't fake- not even if you are a wonderfully skilled writer of other things. Real poems have an inner life- a certain vitality of language- which these cleverly-crafted pastiche poems almost entirely lack.

[User Picture]From: lblanchard
2012-06-19 11:43 am (UTC)
I just finished Possession and I skipped most of the poems to read for plot -- or, rather, for divergence between book and film. But I skimmed a couple of the poems, and although I don't especially think they work as poems I can see they are a necessary part of the work.

So I'll go back and read it again, with poems. There's plenty in there to merit subsequent reading(s). Plus, I am finding that I want to possess this book, in several senses of the term.
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