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Definitely the lush, romantic images of human demoralization I expected from Leonard Cohen and loved This is the first of his I ve read, as I know him primarily as a songwriter And because this is his first published book, I expect it is not his most developed work However, throughout the poems, the theme of disenchantment with religion present day mythology interestingly contrasts with the beauty, hope, and generosity that comes from the possibility and hope of something greater than ourselv Definitely the lush, romantic images of human demoralization I expected from Leonard Cohen and loved This is the first of his I ve read, as I know him primarily as a songwriter And because this is his first published book, I expect it is not his most developed work However, throughout the poems, the theme of disenchantment with religion present day mythology interestingly contrasts with the beauty, hope, and generosity that comes from the possibility and hope of something greater than ourselves The book is delicately unified, and worthwhile reading.When I mention religion, I mean, for one, that Cohen makes us aware of his Jewish background, i.e When young the Christians told me how we pinned Jesus like a lovely butterfly against the wood, and I wept beside paintings of Calvary note his misplaced modifier in the first line.But it doesn t escape Cohen that the human condition is plagued by other religions, the ones of addiction, technology s comforts, and apathy In Summer Night, he writes, Help Help I am alone But then all subtlety was goneand it was stupid to be obvious before the field and sky,experts in simplicity So we fled on highways,in our armoured cars, back to air conditioned homes.There is also the shadow of ancient Greek religion mythology In Pagans he writes, Oh pass by, I challenged you and gods in their approval rustled my hair with marble hands, and you approached slowly with all the pain of a thousand year statue breaking into life Just about every poem ends in a deliciously demoralized state The Sparrows ends with,But what shall I tell you of migrationswhen in this empty skythe precise ghosts of departed summer birdsstill trace old signs or of desperate flightswhen the dimmest flutter of a coloured wingexcites all our favorite streetsto delight in imaginary spring.Even joy is begrudged as delusion Yet I get a sense of happiness through redemption in Prayer for Messiah, which ends with, O break from your branches a green branch of love after the raven has died for the dove Leonard Cohen s work is not typically anthologized and studied in an academic setting, but who cares I think there is passion in it that is a gift to read [[ Kindle ]] ☟ Let Us Compare Mythologies ⇫ Published inwhen he was twenty two years old, Let Us Compare Mythologies is Leonard Cohen s first book Long out of print, it is now available exactly as it appeared fifty years ago as one of the four hundred copies published by the McGill Poetry Series in Canada, with its original cover and illustrations by Canadian artist Freda Guttman Refreshing read interspersed with lines of striking brilliance To say nothing of the man later in life, this is the most purposefully obtuse college boy poetry I ve ever had the misfortune of seeing published in a solo volume Written by someone who doesn t yet realize that women are people and can be alluded to using imagery other than legs The only good thing about this book is that his following works are allegedly better. This is Leonard Cohen s first published book of poetry It came out in 1956 I was rereading for the first time in what must be nearly fifty years What comes to me tonight is how young he is here I think when I first read this I was only several years older than his age here Reading them now, after his career ofpoetry, two novels and fifty years of music it is easy to see the talent When I was younger, reading his poems, I did not stop to evaluate his talent but let my adolescent self This is Leonard Cohen s first published book of poetry It came out in 1956 I was rereading for the first time in what must be nearly fifty years What comes to me tonight is how young he is here I think when I first read this I was only several years older than his age here Reading them now, after his career ofpoetry, two novels and fifty years of music it is easy to see the talent When I was younger, reading his poems, I did not stop to evaluate his talent but let my adolescent self be swept along by his words and his passions.Here s one I remembered from so long ago It still rings loudly.TO I.P.L.No answers in your delightfulzarathustrian tales,how the streets and alleys of heavenwere not safe for holy girls,and a century of curfew haddriven the seraphim indoors,while He raged, depraved,hanging around street corners,entertaining hags in public places,going wild with thunder and stray children and how you finally came in, furious than any Canadian poet,and found Him gasping against a cloud,His back already broken by some rebel band,and not hesitating you finished up the jobwhile He mumbled tired cursesand a chorus of invalid angelsrattled their fistsand chanted odes to you.aCanadian publisher McClellan Stewart, who I believe were the original publishers of all his work save this one, are releasing his poetry and novels in attractive uniform editions This is the first My review may be a bit biased, because I m a huge Cohen fan I was floored when he died.These poems still hold up, much like his music I do wish I knew the Old Testament properly, though, as some of the Judaeo Christian references were unfamiliar to me I was raised secular, by a Buddhist mom who was raised Anglican and an atheist dad who was raised Catholic We have a whole set of religious texts in the house, though I ve just been too lazy to attempt reading them But I still could appreci My review may be a bit biased, because I m a huge Cohen fan I was floored when he died.These poems still hold up, much like his music I do wish I knew the Old Testament properly, though, as some of the Judaeo Christian references were unfamiliar to me I was raised secular, by a Buddhist mom who was raised Anglican and an atheist dad who was raised Catholic We have a whole set of religious texts in the house, though I ve just been too lazy to attempt reading them But I still could appreciate this volume of poetry especially Rites and Lovers , which quite frankly broke my heart Elegy and Story are two other favourites, which I was familiar with already from an anthology of Canadian poetry that my mom has around the house somewhere.This book isn t due back to the library for another week I may keep it out and re read a few of the poems It s interesting to contrast this with Cohen s later work It has a lot in common so far as sensibilities and moods go, but is also drastically different in execution A large part of the appeal of Cohen for me is how communicative he is Here, he feels very insular and inaccessible a lot of the time The poems are well written and intellectually engaging without making me feel in any way connected to them. Young, lustful, shining with wisdom but lacking the sorrowful regret old age brings, the poems are a beautiful collection of a young creative artist engaging in life Some of them punched me in the gut hard for which, I was thankful. Beautiful, evocative, dark and sensual. It s hard to know exactly how I feel about this book If it came from any other author who d achieved less fame I d definitely have less interest in it, but as it s Cohen s first published work at age 22 it s hard not to focus on it a little harder.But make no mistake, the poetry is obtuse and has many of the drawbacks that I see in poetry written across the twentieth century People without much experience or depth of thought trying to write something profound when they haven t experienced or u It s hard to know exactly how I feel about this book If it came from any other author who d achieved less fame I d definitely have less interest in it, but as it s Cohen s first published work at age 22 it s hard not to focus on it a little harder.But make no mistake, the poetry is obtuse and has many of the drawbacks that I see in poetry written across the twentieth century People without much experience or depth of thought trying to write something profound when they haven t experienced or understood much of the world yet Like a high school band writing about love at age 17.To me good poetry comes from the experience of the poet, it can t be contrived or forced What someone is writing about either has power, or it doesn t, and too often poets over the centuries tried to produce something that wasn t there Nice words, but no depth And this is how this book comes across a young poet whose understanding of things are all theoretical, who hasn t experienced love in it s full force, or the birth of a child, or many of the other experiences that give spice to one s writing.And yet at the same time the poetry is well crafted, very good writing for someone at that age And there s also something encouraging about knowing that at one time even Cohen hadn t found his voice yet Beyond that it s interesting to see who he would become later in embryo which is primarily what interested me in this book