Human Wishes

Human Wishes

Robert Hass / Feb 27, 2020

Human Wishes Poems deal with language desire suffering art human relationships and mortality

  • Title: Human Wishes
  • Author: Robert Hass
  • ISBN: 9780880012126
  • Page: 442
  • Format: Paperback
  • Poems deal with language, desire, suffering, art, human relationships, and mortality.

    Human Wishes American Poetry Series Robert Hass Still, Human Wishes, in my opinion, stands out as a work of delicate craft and compassionate thoughtfulness Hass achieves something extremely uncommon among modern poets, of course, and so much rarer among our politicians he conveys strong conviction without smearing you The Vanity of Human Wishes by Samuel Johnson Summary and The Vanity of Human Wishes by Samuel Johnson Summary and Analysis The Vanity of Human Wishes is written by English poet Samuel Johnson in and publishes in It is a long poem of twenty five stanzas with varying lengths written in heroic couplet. Human Wishes by Robert Hass Human Wishes has ratings and reviews Helena said my boyfriend studied with robert haas in grad school my dad lives in the same neighborhood as The Vanity of Human Wishes Shmoop The Vanity of Human Wishes is a poem about, well, the vanity of human wishes Great, so we re done here Well not quite You see, this is not the most optimistic poem In it, the speaker lays out why all our hopes and dreams are likely to come to nothing We want lots of money Good luck to us. The Vanity of Human Wishes Britannica In Samuel Johnson The Vanity of Human Wishes In Johnson published The Vanity of Human Wishes , his most impressive poem as well as the first work published with his name It is a panoramic survey of the futility of human pursuit of greatness and happiness. The Vanity of Human Wishes CIE Literature In our small snippet of the poem we don t actually get onto comment on a specific figure, only focusing on the general condition of human folly that is the subject of both works Both poems preach the value of abandoning our self centred wishes and desires and instead place our trust in the hands of the divine. The Vanity of Human Wishes The Vanity of Human Wishes The Tenth Satire of Juvenal Imitated is a poem by the English author Samuel Johnson It was written in late and published in see in poetry. Disjecta Beckett Part IV Human Wishes The only known extant fragment was given by Beckett to Ruby Cohn Beckett left it in her Paris Hotel room shortly before the completion of her book of Beckett criticism, Just Play, the first to outline Beckett s dramatic juvenilia The fragment was first printed as an appendix to that volume. The Vanity of Human Wishes Summary eNotes The Vanity of Human Wishes The Tenth Satire of Juvenal Imitated was published eleven years after London It, too, is a long poem It consists of twenty five stanzas of varying lengths, written in Vanity of Human Wishes Introduction The Virginia Anthology The Vanity of Human Wishes has been considered to be a challenging poem ever since it was first published in Like London, The Vanity of Human Wishes is an imitation of one of the Satires of the Roman poet Juvenal, whose works date to the first and second centuries.

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      • Robert Hass

        Robert Hass was born in San Francisco and lives in Berkeley, California, where he teaches at the University of California He served as Poet Laureate of the United States from 1995 to 1997 A MacArthur Fellow and a two time winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award, he has published poems, literary essays, and translations He is married to the poet Brenda Hillman.


    1. my boyfriend studied with robert haas in grad school. my dad lives in the same neighborhood as robert haas and keeps meeting him at uc berkeley lectures where they end up seated together. when my dad and my boyfriend met, they bonded by unceasingly talking about robert haas as "bob." this sounds slightly obnxious, but this book really, really, really makes you want to call robert haas "bob." It makes you want to sit on a porch in northern california with him and eat mangoes with your hands. It m [...]

    2. The shorter poems ended too abruptly and the longer poems, with their stream of consciousness drift between the meta and concrete, felt klunky and not particularly revelatory, the digression evasive and unsatisfying. Maybe I don't share Hass' preoccupations (they often felt dated), but he didn't make much new for me. There were some pleasurable turns of thought, like in Berkeley Eclogue.

    3. What moves this book from 3 to 4 stars for me is that it contains one of Hass' best poems: "Misery and Splendor," a meditation on two lovers embracing:"They are trying to become one creature,and something will not have it. They are tenderwith each other, afraid, their brief, sharp cries will reconcile them to the momentwhen they fall away again. So they rub against each other, their mouths dry, then wet, then dry.They feel themselves at the center of a powerful and baffled will. They feel they a [...]

    4. This is a book I keep in the middle of the most easily accessible bookshelf in my house. I just had a thought that maybe I need ten copies so that I won't have to decide which shelf is best and could just have it on all of them. Because I love it and read delicious lines from it all the time and anytime. I used to sit in on Robert Hass' poetry classes at Berkeley even though I was studying physics and Chinese and had no time for anything. That was before Hass had won so many awards and accolades [...]

    5. Reading poetry feels like an almost impossibly intimate exchange between the poet and me. There is something absolutely vital the poet is trying to tell me, specifically. There is something about the immediacy and the vulnerability of poetry that gives me this feeling.Robert Hass, in this book, is talking to me about balance. He's talking about the unbelievably painful balance between beauty and terror, about the balance between loving and being afraid, between the seasons, between home and away [...]

    6. A lot of people will be immediately turned off by the general context of these poems. They are, after all, the result of a middle-aged white dude reflecting on his middle-aged white dudeness and are thus populated by flowers and mountains and suburban abortions, banalities refracted through the prism of stereotypical and stereotypically stirring meditations on birds and angels and Memories Of What It Was Like To Be Young.Even so, this fucker can write. You won’t find yourself reciting incisive [...]

    7. Robert Hass's poems are soft and emotional. A gorgeous weaving of life, tiny snapshots of landscapes described in such detail to make every day domestic scenes seem wondrous. Some of hte poems in this collection follow a traditional, blank verse form, but my favorites are the prose poems, brushing ever so lightly the line between the poetic and flash fiction. In one of my favorites, Quartet, a dinner party of four is described in such a way: The main course isFrench, loin of pork probably, with [...]

    8. Mesmerizing.At first, I wasn't sure what to make of Hass' poetry. The poems were long--some of them pages--composed of statements. "She had bobbed hair " "He must have received a disability check. " "The main course is French, loin of pork probably, with a North African accent, and very good." Knowing that good writers show, not tell, and avoid statements, I began to to wonder if Robert Hass was overrated and almost did not finish the book of poems. On second re-reading, I fell in love with his [...]

    9. "The archbishop of San Salvador is dead, murdered by no one knows / who. The left says the right, the right says provocateurs. // But the families in the barrios sleep with their children beside them and / a pitchfork, or a rifle if they have one. // And posterity is grubbing in the footnotes to find out who the bishops is, // or waiting for the poet to get back to his business. Well, there's this: // her breasts are the color of brown stones in moonlight, and paler in / moonlight. // And that s [...]

    10. You know what it is about Bob Hass? He gets the ratio of things to ideas in a poem just right, according to some ancient formula, with a result that can be perfect, but also perfectly bland. But he's smart, especially in this book, to make the voice speak with a human frankness that folds back the edges of the page to reveal more dimensions of the poem.Hass's poems, from a wider vantage, limn a certain bourgeois morality with absolute precision, and by defining its limits, critiques them. But st [...]

    11. In these lush and intelligent poems, Robert Hass explores several human dichotomies, being most concerned with the chasm between what humans desire and what the reality of those realized desires is comparatively. He also investigates aging (“January,” 34-36), the contrast between suffering in the United States and the global view of suffering (“Museum,” 18), and the connectedness of the natural world and human actions (“Spring Rain,” 7-8, “Human Wishes,” 23). Hass is a technical [...]

    12. Well I hacen't read a Robert Hass book I think is perfect. This one doesn't have the stretched-out, conversational, biographical poems of Sun Under Wood -- nothing like "Regalia For a Black Hat Dancer" or "English: an Ode" -- but it does have some buzzy, mysterious, beautiful, liquid-seeming poems; the whole last section of the book is incredible. Of the prose poems, "A Story About the Body" is unfortunately way far the best, although I still love "Duck Blind" too.

    13. A great poet, but sometimes I find his poems a bit thick, a bit arduous to wade through. But I've learned a lot through reading Hass. He's been criticized for not being broad enough, and I think that's somewhat founded. But what he does, he does well. This is one of my favorite Hass compilations.

    14. There are perfect poems in this collection, poems that are accessible, meaningful, beautiful, sad, joyful. I could go on. The second section (prose poems) was particularly wonderful. I also enjoyed the fourth section a lot.There are poems in this collection that didn't speak to me at all, and I wonder if they will later in life, or if they would have 5 or 10 years ago.Great book.

    15. An interesting collection of poetry, often touching on the dynamics of family life. I found the most interesting the ones where Hass seems eager to wax poetic, and his thoughts are interrupted with troubling observations of his own children. I learned of this poetry collection from a tribute to Hass's birthday (02/28/1941) on Garrison Keillor's Writer's Almanac.

    16. Woah. Really dense, pretty amazing, and kind of over my head. So many beautiful lines. "Her breasts are the color of brown stones in moonlight and paler in moonlight." Amazing. Mostly poetry, but also an absolute balance of poetry and prose. But mostly poetry. Kind of don't even know what to make of it. Just woke up from a nap, for one thing.

    17. This is my favorite of Hass's works, with some of the most heart-wrenching, mind-exploding, carefully crafted poems I have ever read. His mastery of imagery and his subtle, emotional verse make him undoubtedly one of the greatest living poets today.

    18. Beautiful, devastating poetry. About the distances between people, experiences, perspectives. Poems I'll never forget: Privilege of Being, A Story About the Body, Paschal Lamb. I want to send my cut-off fingers to the shuddering angels

    19. I love this book so much.These lines run through my head all the time:"e desires do not split themselves up,there is one desire, touching the many things,and it is continuous." -from "Natural Theology"

    20. This was a difficult read, but so worth it to me after I fought my way through it. Well worth reading about fifteen times (it's short, so that's not ridiculous). His experiments with prose poetry are fascinating and add a completely different dimension to the book.

    21. I showed a friend an essay draft and he said to turn it into a prose poem. I read Hass to learn was a prose poem is. This is a book of deceptively casual scene sketches that calls to mind Nabokov: "Caress the detail. The divine detail."

    22. These were soft and sad, beautiful lines, and stories tinged with sorrow.I only had to reaction section 1 and 2 for class on Tuesday, but I read them all. After class I'll have more to say.------

    23. your life is incomplete until you read "story about the body". i'm so fucking serious about this. read this with ripe peaches by an open window in your kitchen.

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