Possessed by Memory (Pdf) Author Harold Bloom

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Haunted him since childhood and which he has possessed by memory from the Psalms and Ecclesiastes to Shakespeare and Dr Johnson; Spenser and Milton to Wordsworth and Keats; Whitman and Browning to Joyce and Proust; Tolstoy and Yeats to Del Schwartz and Amy Clampitt; Blake to Wallace Stevens and so much And though he has written before about some of these authors these exegeses written in the winter of his life are movingly informed by the freshness of last thingsAs Bloom writes movingly One of my concerns throughout Possessed by Memory is with the. Possibly my favorite Bloom book this one seems to encompass the works he found most inspiring There is a lot of esoterica here especially Hermeticism hermeneutics gnosticism etc I feel like this is a book at the top of his mountain and one you should read after many of his other great works for the best payoff RIP No one like Bloom

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Possessed by Memory

Beloved dead Most of my good friends in my generation have departed Their voices are still in my ears I find that they are woven into what I read I listen not only for their voices but also for the voice I heard before the world was made My other concern is religious in the widest sense For me poetry and spirituality fuse as a single entity All my long life I have sought to isolate poetic knowledge This also involves a knowledge of God and gods I see imaginative literature as a kind of theurgy in which the divine is summoned maintained and augmented. A memoir in the form of commentary on great classic poems and contemporary poems by people Bloom knew I wish he did this for novelists too but this is uite good

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In arguably his most personal and lasting book America's most daringly original and controversial critic gives us brief luminous readings of than eighty texts by canonical authors texts he has had by heart since childhoodGone are the polemics Here instead in a memoir of sorts an inward journey from childhood to ninety Bloom argues elegiacally with nobody but Bloom interested only in the influence of the mind upon itself when it absorbs the highest and most enduring imaginative literature He offers than eighty meditations on poems and prose that have. Beautiful A personal work filled with final observations of a lifetime of reading I learned a lot from Bloom s influences and works that hold a special place for him I found the recollection of his memories that tie works to specific moments very moving


10 thoughts on “Possessed by Memory

  1. says:

    This book is reverie and not argument My title is the book in a single phrase What is it to be “possessed by memory”? How does possession differ in these to possess dead or lost friends and lovers or to possess poetry and heightened prose by memory? Nearing ninety legendary critic Harold Bloom has assembled in Possesse

  2. says:

    My introduction to Harold Bloom was his Anxiety of Influence which I read over 30 years ago I still have my original hardcover though it is not a reference book; like something to hang onto because you found it intriguing like a colo

  3. says:

    Beautiful A personal work filled with final observations of a lifetime of reading I learned a lot from Bloom's in

  4. says:

    This is a moving book to read some six months after Bloom's death not because what he writes is new but because its elegiac cast I would have enjoyed a straightforward memoir of Bloom's inner intellectual and 'spiritual' development

  5. says:

    I remember walking into a bookstore last April and seeing this heavy book displayed on the countertop 'Dear God the guy is still alive?' I said to the bookstore's owner 'It must be a posthumous volume' I did not buy the book then it overwhelmed me But just a couple of days later I dutifully trotted back to the same place and splurged on thi

  6. says:

    Possibly my favorite Bloom book this one seems to encompass the works he found most inspiring There is a lot of esoterica here especially Hermeticism hermeneutics gnosticism etc I feel like this is a book at the top of his mountain an

  7. says:

    Eurocentric literariness at its best

  8. says:

    A memoir in the form of commentary on great classic poems and contemporary poems by people Bloom knew I wish he did this for novelists too but this is uite good

  9. says:

    Normally I love his insight ‘s but not this time This is a reflection on me than the author

  10. says:

    Bloom in his late 80s musing on poetry He is at his best with Shakespeare

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