“I was 15 when I first became deeply touched by the rhythm and structure of words” Leonard Cohen Names His “Two Great Heroes:” Yeats & Lorca

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I was 15 when I first became deeply touched by the rhythm and structure of words. I would haunt all the secondhand book shops in Montreal with this huge appetite for poetry. My two great heroes are WB Yeats and Federico Garcia Lorca.1

 

Leonard Cohen

 

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As a young man, Yeats spoke to me in a way I could understand. Shakespeare I couldn’t understand, but Yeats I could. It was his subject matter and also I really admired the way he put his personal life on the line.

 

Leonard Cohen

 

The Leonard Cohen Reading List

Collected Poems by W.B. Yeats and Collected Poems by Federico Garcia Lorca are the latest entries to the Leonard Cohen Reading List, a compilation of readings admired by the Canadian singer-songwriter.

All entries in the Leonard Cohen Reading List can be found at

The Original Leonard Cohen Reading List

I am republishing selected posts from my former Leonard Cohen site, Cohencentric, here on AllanShowalter.com (these posts can be found at Leonard Cohen). This entry was originally posted July 23, 2015.

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  1. A Secular Saint by Brian Goyd (Irish Times: Jan 28, 2012) []

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