Official Review: Marginal Man by Byron G Nelson

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Official Review: Marginal Man by Byron G Nelson

Post by Mindi » 20 Dec 2017, 07:33

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Marginal Man" by Byron G Nelson.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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"Poetry is the window to the soul." I have heard this quoted before, and it came to my mind as I was reading Marginal Man by Byron G. Nelson. Poetry is the prime manner in which we can get a glimpse into how one views life and their personal experiences.

The book is a compilation of poems depicting Nelson's thoughts and experiences. At the beginning of the book, there is a foreword from a family member, telling about how, through poetry, Nelson always could express different aspects of life, even as a young person. The remainder of the book gives us many of these poems which cover a range of topics and feelings.

While not every poem will speak to everyone who is reading, I could sense the intensity and depth of his feelings throughout the poetry. Some poems were only a few lines, but they still expressed a clear feeling and viewpoint.

Nelson's poetry covered subjects such as nature, the world, love, people he has encountered in life, God, childhood, and so many other experiences that could evoke poetic thoughts. Just like the title of the book, one of the poems was called "Marginal Man." It depicted him as someone who, many times, is caught between two worlds or mindsets.

It was easy to tell Nelson's different feelings and moods he was going through when writing certain poems. The moods could be happy and comfortable as expressed in his poems with titles such as "Love Remembered" and "Morning Birds." At other times, poems such as "Frowning and Drowning" and "Ignorance" bring forth thoughts and feelings of anger and distress towards certain situations and people.

I noticed that the way certain poems were placed in the book were of importance. This was particularly at the beginning and ending of the book. These poems had feelings of opening and closing. Placement can be important, and it seemed to be done correctly in this book.

Overall, I am going to rate this book of poetry 4 out of 4 stars. I didn't see anything that should take away from this score. It was very clear that Nelson is a true poet and has very unique ways of expressing his feelings. Not everyone will identify with every poem, but that's the beauty of poetry. Many times, a poem may only reflect the current thoughts of the person writing it. These poems will definitely provoke deep thoughts on life, though. I strongly recommend this collection for anyone who is a lover of poetry.

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Post by Sahani Nimandra » 21 Dec 2017, 00:27

Not everyone has a gift in convaying what they feel through poetry, therefore this is a special gift! I found this book worth paying attention, the reviewer has done a good job in describing and defining what the author has to say and it caught my heart. It's really nice if u can put what you feel in to word in a world where people find it difficult to express themselves. Actually this book reminded me of someone I knew sometime back, he to had this ability, a very gifted person. Reading this review brought me back to my past and present situation, and now I feel very emotional!
Good job on the review and looking forward to read this book!
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Post by Kat Berg » 21 Dec 2017, 00:53

I am trying to envision reading through a poetry book. I love poetry, but...only in small amounts, I think. So, a poem here, a poem there. I really appreciate your observation that placement matters, and it is encouraging that the author did this well.

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Post by Mindi » 21 Dec 2017, 06:56

Sahani Nimandra wrote:
21 Dec 2017, 00:27
Not everyone has a gift in convaying what they feel through poetry, therefore this is a special gift! I found this book worth paying attention, the reviewer has done a good job in describing and defining what the author has to say and it caught my heart. It's really nice if u can put what you feel in to word in a world where people find it difficult to express themselves. Actually this book reminded me of someone I knew sometime back, he to had this ability, a very gifted person. Reading this review brought me back to my past and present situation, and now I feel very emotional!
Good job on the review and looking forward to read this book!
Yes, if worded correctly, poetry has a way of bringing out our own feelings and emotions about experiences we have faced.
I hope you enjoy the book!

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Post by Mindi » 21 Dec 2017, 07:03

Kat Berg wrote:
21 Dec 2017, 00:53
I am trying to envision reading through a poetry book. I love poetry, but...only in small amounts, I think. So, a poem here, a poem there. I really appreciate your observation that placement matters, and it is encouraging that the author did this well.
To be honest, I also was unsure how I would enjoy a poetry book. People have so many different poetry styles, and it's not always easy to figure out the message they are trying to convey. Nelson's poems were deep and poetic, but most were not hard to decipher. Some did not match my own emotions, yet others put feelings into words that I never could have expressed.

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Post by kandscreeley » 21 Dec 2017, 09:25

I'm glad you enjoyed this one. I haven't read poetry in a while. It wasn't my favorite while I was in school, but I should probably try it again. Thanks for the review.
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Post by Mercy Bolo » 21 Dec 2017, 11:50

As a poetry enthusiast, I always appreciate good poems. This is definitely worth checking out.
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Post by ParadoxicalWoman » 27 Dec 2017, 08:47

A fellow lover of poetry here! I would like to read the author's deep thoughts in poetry. I experience the same thing as you mentioned in your review when I was reading Love and Misadventure by Lang Leav.
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Post by BookHausJ » 07 Jan 2018, 04:24

Nelson's personal story expressing to poetry? That's great! I'm so happy about the subjects on nature, love people, real experience with God being tackled in this book. I might read it someday. Thanks for the review!

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