Here are two versions of a poem of Reznikoff's, one seven years later than the other. What do you think of the revision? Or should we see here two separate poems? Express your opinions below.
(1)Trees standing far off in winter
Against a polished blue sky
With boughs blown about like brown hair;
The stiff lines of the twigs
Blurred by the April buds;
Or branches crowded with leaves
And a wind turning
Their dark green light.
AprilThe stiff lines of the twigs
Blurred by buds.
Texts are taken from Charles Reznikoff, Poems 1918-1936: Volume 1 of the Complete Poems of Charles Reznikoff edited by Seamus Cooney. Santa Barbara: Black Sparrow Press, 1976.
Page revised September 17, 1996. Updated 15 February 1999. Simplified 19 September 2003.
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