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Gerald Stern characterization of Li-Young Lees poetry is very true Lee takes a lot of time in constructing the humility which is apparent in his poems Unlike Lee John Berryman is far from the humble type Reading the poem A Story by Lee I see that the words role off the page in a harmonic sense in which Lee portrays many subtle attitudes coming from a man You can also see the subtle search for understanding Understanding of the Mans love for the father and his sons supplication lead up to silence It seems as Lee wants to understand the feelings two people have for one another John Berryman is more of a renegade with his poetry Berryman is a very destructive poet who formalizes his poetry and attacks the pages with words such as wicked from The Dream Songs In the poem A Story by Lee we see how soft and simple he lays his words down on the page Using sentences such as But the boy is packing his shirts we see the simple five beat lines that could be a lyric in a song On the other hand Berryman uses lines such as All the world like a woolen lover taken from The Dream Songs This line is also a five beat line but does not have the same kind of dexterity that Lee has when he is writing his works I do not agree with Stern on the point of a desperate search for wisdom and understanding instead I feel as though Lee has an understanding that his words are more powerful when you can lay them flat on the paper and turn them into a revelation of some sort Another poet that is very simple with her words and yearns for understanding is Elizabeth Bishop Elizabeth uses this same simple style as Lee does giving the reader an understanding and wisdom through her poems Not using big words or
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