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.


Can vei la lauzeta mover
(When I see the lark moving)


(ca. 1150-60)

The beginning of the chivalric song like the prodigious image of a lark moving towards the sunrays, forgetting itself, falling, falling. In the first stanza, everything conspires to construct a sound (lauzeta / chazer / ses /oblid.es / laissa /) that reproduces the feeling of melting, close to melting of the soul that mystical poets refer to. In this case, it is the heart that melts into desire.