Selected Poems (2020)

Selected Poems James Merrill Stephen Yenser J.D. McClatchy Selected Poems James Merrill himself once called his body of work chronicles of love and loss and in twenty books written over four decades he used the details of his own life comic and haunting exotic and domesti
  • Title: Selected Poems
  • Author: James Merrill Stephen Yenser J.D. McClatchy
  • ISBN: 9780375711664
  • Page: 225
  • Format: Paperback
Selected Poems James Merrill Stephen Yenser J.D. McClatchy James Merrill himself once called his body of work chronicles of love and loss, and in twenty books written over four decades he used the details of his own life comic and haunting, exotic and domestic to shape a portrait that in turn mirrored the image of our world and our moment This volume brings together the best of Merrill from the domestic rupture of The Broken HJames Merrill himself once called his body of work chronicles of love and loss, and in twenty books written over four decades he used the details of his own life comic and haunting, exotic and domestic to shape a portrait that in turn mirrored the image of our world and our moment This volume brings together the best of Merrill from the domestic rupture of The Broken Home to the universal connections of Lost in Translation from the American storyteller of The Summer People to the ecologically motivated satirist of Self Portrait in a TyvekTM Windbreaker Merrill dazzles at every turn, and this balanced and compact selection will be an ideal introduction to the work for both students and general readers, and an instant favorite among his familiars.LogThen when the flame forked like a sudden pathI gasped and stumbled, and was less.Density pulsing upward, gauze of ash,Dear light along the way to nothingness,What could be made of you but light, and this
Selected Poems James Merrill Stephen Yenser J.D. McClatchy

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  1. Douglas Perry

    Merrill s poetry gets five stars in my book, but I only gave three to this particular collection because his magnum opus, The Changing Light at Sandover, is seriously underrepresented If one were to go by this book only, one would hardly know it even existed.

  2. Ben Doeh

    3 4 stars pre Divine Comedies, 5 stars from Divine Comedies onwards.In the first half of his career, Merrill s talent was uneven His formal abilities were immense, but his ideas sometimes floundered and sometimes flew With Divine Comedies, he struck upon a rich plethora of fantastic and real sources that enabled him to dwell on the innate complexity of our imaginative life From there on, he consistently wrote with splendour, multifariousness, exotic yet real situations and above all, a disarming [...]

  3. Terence Manleigh

    Pulitzer Prize winning poet James Merrill, who died in the 1990s, was a dazzling formalist and one of the great American lyric poets and elegists His glittering rhymes are a constant source of delight and surprise, and his memoiristic meditations, chronicles of love and loss, are at times so witty that he seems to be the love child of Robert Lowell and Stephen Sondheim Like Lowell, Merrill s best poems are autobiographical, but he is too full with the love of world play to take himself over seri [...]

  4. Christian Harder

    I have a litany of complaints, but I ll attempt brevity Let s see Well, James deploys lyre in a poem somberly That particular poem was released in 1959, the same year Castro arrived in Havana Good god Elsewhere, he writes of the four great elements with the subtlety of a pornographer directing a pizza delivery We are given our great floods, our fires, our women that are wide open, and sunny A boring concupiscence for the wild and human each tamed here completely in form Whitman Muir but less bra [...]

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