Flowers for Hitler

Flowers for Hitler[PDF / Epub] ☆ Flowers for Hitler By Leonard Cohen – Jobs-in-kingston.co.uk What I'm Doing HereTo a Man Who ThinksHe Is Making an AngelI Had It for a Moment The HearthOn the Sickness of My LoveIsland Bulletin Portrait of the City HallCruel BabyIndependence CongratulationsFor What I'm Doing HereTo a Man Who ThinksHe Is Making an AngelI Had It for a Moment The HearthOn the Sickness of My LoveIsland Bulletin Portrait of the City HallCruel BabyIndependence CongratulationsFor MarianneThe House The Drawer's Condition on November The Failure of a Secular LifeOrder The SuitMy MentorsDestiny Business as UsualHydra ueen Victoria and Me Indictment of the Blue HoleLeviathanThe Pure List and the Commentary Nothing I Can LoseHeirloomThe New Flowers for PDF/EPUB ² Step A Ballet Drama in One Act Police GazettePromiseThe Paper No PartnersSkyNursery Rhyme On the Death of an Uncharted PlanetWaiting for MarianneOld Dialogue I Wanted to Be a DoctorWhy I Happen to Be FreeWinter Bulletin On Hearing a NameLong UnspokenThe True DesireWhy Did You Give My Name to the Police Finally I CalledThe Way BackGovernments Make Me Lonely StyleThe ProjectThe Lists Goebbels Abandons His Novel and Joins the PartyHydra To the Indian Pilgrims Why Commands Are ObeyedAll There Is to Know about Adolph EichmannThe Music Crept By Us It Uses UsThe New LeaderThe Telephone The First MurderHow It Happened in the Middle of the DayDisguises My Teacher Is DyingFor EJPLot Montreal The Glass DogOne of the Nights I Didn't Kill Myself Why Experience Is No TeacherA Migrating DialogueThe Big World For My Old LaytonThe BusNarcissus The Only Tourist in Havana Turns His Thoughts Homeward LaundryCherry Orchards The Invisible TroubleThe Rest Is DrossStreetcars Sick AloneHow the Winter Gets InBullets MillenniumPropagandaHitler Hitler the Brain MoleOpium and HitlerFront Lawn Death of a LeaderFor Anyone Dressed in MarbleKerensky Alexander Trocchi Public JunkiePriez Pour NousWheels FirecloudsAnother Night with Telescope Three Good NightsFolk. Mixed There are some very good poems here concise nuggets with precisely filed language and imagery And there are some that lack discipline that seem to be trying too hard Lines like Now a rooster with a razorplants the haemophelia gash acrossthe soft black skysound like the sort of thing that seems ingenious when drunk or stoned than like genuine poetry Admittedly such moments are the exception rather than the rule Still the overall effect is uneven And the one act play about three uarters of the way through seems like an odd interpolation Nevertheless Cohen's bleak humour and his unmistakeable phraseology are freuently evident as is what I can only describe as his clear eyed sentiment a sort of emotional honesty that somehow avoids mawkishness And yes Hitler and the holocaust freuently appears or at least lies uneasily beneath the surface of these poems Some of Cohen's darkest and strangest poetry good introduction to leonard cohen's poetic voice my first and still my favourite though the reasons are perhaps sentimental This is my favorite of his poetry books Flowers for Hitler is one of Cohen's darkest books only seconded to Death of a Ladies Man It is interesting to see a younger Cohen's mind at work and specifically to see such consistency in theme running from the beginning of his career to its end Cohen's earlier works focus on undermining the upper class lifestyle of Westmount but also on experimentation with new age religious ideals and the Far East Cohen's darker side his urge to commit suicide his inability to stay satisfied with the same type of women and his mood swings all make appearances in this collection of poems although they do not bear the same kind of weight as his later poems do Flowers for Hitler stands out for exposing a darker side of Cohen but it also stands out as a work of art in revolt in revolt of the hypocrisy of the ruling classes; in revolt of the mundane and in revolt to the massacres of Nazi Germany and near destruction of Jewish history and cultureThere are many exceptional poems in this collection such as For EJ Pratt and Disguises but the collection is not perfect That being said I find it hard to give this book four stars as it regardless of its flaws stands out as exceptional Something about this felt very off It was promising at first but then there was not much else This is my first encounter with Cohen's writings I am only familiar with his music and not even much of it The take seemed interesting at first but it got uite repetitive and bland for me When it comes to poetry I am willing to take a lot with a grain of salt in consideration of different styles and perspectives but oh dear could I not push myself to keep reading this At some point it felt like an offence to my inner voice to have it keep echoing these words into my brain I'm sorry if this is too harsh I'm sure many people are fans of this book and if you like it there's nothing wrong with you or your tastes but if you're into structured poetry or poetry with many visual lyrical philosophical and sentimental elements like myself I doubt you'd enjoy this Something about it falls very flat and is almost suffocating in its emptiness and refusal to be I found myself grasping at straws; a single metaphor a play on words a n y t h i n g just to have a reason to keep reading Reading poetry has been and always should be in my opinion a seamless experience that intrigues the mind and touches the heart and that book sadly fails to do either I’ve spent pretty much my whole life reading Cohen but until recently some of the books had been harder to find This one dates from 1964 and seems the beginning of a schism between the earlier flowery poetry of Mythologies and Spice Box and a later sparer style dealing with uglier images and ideasOver time Cohen lost his habit of stacking busy and sometimes metaphor stretching images on top of one another and I’m glad for that Too many of these poems are undone by long surreal metaphors that begin to seem cliched in their thickly layered surreality The sparser ones however are stunning It seems like you can read him developing the particular power of restraint This was obviously an important step in his voice becoming what it would remain So I certainly didn’t hate it but I’ve become so habituated to the lifetime Cohen voice that the youthfulness in display here seems composed mostly of bad habits he’s slowly discarding Flowers for Hitler offers another sharp departure from the previous book in Cohen's catalogue published at age 30 while he was living in Hydra Greece His themes get a bit darker here touching occasionally on drugs suicide death and other subjects less flowery than in his prior work He also gains a sense of humor here and stops taking his writing so seriously another mark of a great writer Overall it's clear that at the time Cohen was escaping his conservative upbringing and education and beginning to chart his own life as a writer and artist A few years afterward he would release his first stunning album as a musicianAt the time of writing this review I haven't gone through 'Parasites of Heaven' yet but I suspect Flowers for Hitler marks the beginning of a new phase in Cohen's career culminating with 'Death of a Lady's Man' A phase where he was a bit of a cocky drug addled and lusty not so young man but not yet uite old I always try to take my time when reading poetry as I find it's a disservice to race through the book I like to let the poems sink in and to think about them before I going to the next That said I am never uite sure how to rate a collection of poems On the basis of each individual poem or how I felt about the book overall I did find in comparison to his first two books of poem that I liked the overall collection than the individual poems That said there were also poems that had of an impact on me I will also say that the poems in this book felt cynical that the poems in the first two books That's not to say that the first two books were idealistic or naive And none of the topics in this book are new to Cohen either But there is something that's just a shade darker than his first two collections of poems If you know Leonard Cohen for his elouent often sparse song lyrics you may be surprised at some of the content in his 1964 collection Eual parts profound and glib the poems in this book are rife with bizarre imagery and surreal often rambling verse Cohen weaves together reflections of love and life opaue political commentary and Canadian in jokes; there's even a very weird one act play about body image All in all it's a fitting showcase for the iconic poet showcasing not just his lyrical skill but also the underrated strangeness of his artistic vision A must read for Cohen fansFlowers for Hitler

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  • Paperback
  • 154 pages
  • Flowers for Hitler
  • Leonard Cohen
  • English
  • 10 September 2016
  • 9780224008419