Ten memorable works to understand poetry

Between the structure of modern lyricism and poetry from the antiquity, the energy of silence and word keep flowing, despite claims that after Auschwitz, lyricism was impossible. How can one choose ten poems among the almost infinite sequence of poems that create something from the fugitive, from the sacred or from the nothing? From Pindarus to Rilke, from Garcilaso to Baudelaire, any choice is a risk. Here are the ten poems of my big gamble.


Chant of chants

(4th-5th centuries B.C.)

Every poem is an explosion of senses. Its reading travels through the most varied aromas, from myrrh and incense to tuberoses; several flavours, wine, honey, milk; textures of lips, skins; images of bodies, animals like gazelles, fawns; all this wealth of the external world, this intense sensualism and eroticism, we know it can be turned inside and, reversible, open us up to another invisible world; the world of the soul.