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Book Synopsis A Reader's Guide to James Merrill's The Changing Light at Sandover by : Robert Polito
Download or read book A Reader's Guide to James Merrill's The Changing Light at Sandover written by Robert Polito and published by University of Michigan Press. This book was released on 1994 with total page 304 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: An invaluable road map for the epic poem of our time
Book Synopsis The Changing Light at Sandover by : James Merrill
Download or read book The Changing Light at Sandover written by James Merrill and published by Knopf. This book was released on 2019-11-27 with total page 730 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: James Merrill’s audacious and dazzling epic poem, The Changing Light at Sandover, remains as startling today as when it first emerged in separate volumes over a period of several years. Individual parts won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, and the entire poem, when it was collected into one volume in 1982, won the National Book Critics Circle Award. It is now an American classic, here in a definitive new hardcover edition that includes Voices from Sandover, Merrill’s recasting of the poem for the stage. The book carries us to the scene of Merrill’s Ouija board sessions with his partner, David Jackson—the candlelit Stonington dining room with its flame-colored walls and the famous Willowware cup they used as a pointer in their occult travels. In a shimmering interplay of verse forms, Merrill set down their extended conversations with their familiar and guide, Ephraim (a first-century Greek Jew), W. H. Auden, W. B. Yeats, Plato, a brilliant peacock named Mirabell, and other old friends who had passed to the other side. JM (whom the spirits call “scribe”) and DJ (“hand”) are also introduced to the lonely eminence God B (“God Biology”), his sister Mother Nature, and a host of angels and lesser residents of the empyrean who are variously involved in the ways of this world. The laughter, the missteps, and the schoolroom frustrations of the earthly pair’s gradual enlightenment make this otherworldly journey, finally, and utterly human one. A unique exploration of the writer’s role in a postatomic, postreligious age, Sandover has been compared to the work of Yeats, Proust, Milton, and Blake. Merrill’s tale of the joys and tragedies of man’s powers, and his message about the importance of our endangered efforts to make a good life on earth, will stand as one of the most profound experiences available to readers of poetry.
Book Synopsis The Changing Light at Sandover by : James Merrill
Download or read book The Changing Light at Sandover written by James Merrill and published by Knopf Publishing Group. This book was released on 1992 with total page 584 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt:
Book Synopsis The Changing Light at Sandover by : James Merrill
Download or read book The Changing Light at Sandover written by James Merrill and published by Alfred A. Knopf. This book was released on 2006 with total page 648 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This dazzling epic poem remains as startling today as when it first emerged in separate volumes over a period of several years starting in 1976.
Download or read book James Merrill written by Judith Moffett and published by Columbia University Press. This book was released on 1984-04-16 with total page 284 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: James Merrill
Book Synopsis Encyclopedia of the New York School Poets by : Terence Diggory
Download or read book Encyclopedia of the New York School Poets written by Terence Diggory and published by Infobase Publishing. This book was released on 2009 with total page 577 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: An A-to-Z reference to writers of the New York School, including John Ashbery, who is often considered America's greatest living poet. Examines significant movements in literary history and its development through the years.
Book Synopsis What is it Then Between Us? by : Eric Murphy Selinger
Download or read book What is it Then Between Us? written by Eric Murphy Selinger and published by Cornell University Press. This book was released on 1998 with total page 274 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Tracing the solitude of the American self, the difference between idolatrous and companionate affection, and the dream of an "America of love," Selinger shows how such concerns can shape a poet's most intimate decisions about genre and form.
Book Synopsis The Book of Ephraim by : James Merrill
Download or read book The Book of Ephraim written by James Merrill and published by Knopf. This book was released on 2018-04-03 with total page 216 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: For the first time in a stand-alone edition, the acclaimed poet's classic poem about his communication with Ephraim, a guiding spirit in the Other World, is here introduced and annotated by poet and Merrill scholar Stephen Yenser. "The Book of Ephraim," which first appeared as the final poem in James Merrill's Pulitzer-winning volume Divine Comedies (1976), tells the story of how he and his partner David Jackson (JM and DJ as they came to be known) embarked on their experiments with the Ouija board and how they conversed after a fashion with great writers and thinkers of the past, especially in regard to the state of the increasingly imperiled planet Earth. One of the most ambitious long poems in in English in the twentieth century, originally conceived as complete in itself, it was to become the first part of Merrill's epic The Changing Light at Sandover (1982), the multiple prize-winning volume still in print. Merrill's "supreme tribute to the web of the world and the convergence of means and meanings everywhere within it" is introduced and annotated by one of his literary executors, Stephen Yenser, in a volume that will gratify veteran readers and entice new ones.
Book Synopsis James Merrill and W.H. Auden by : P. Gwiazda
Download or read book James Merrill and W.H. Auden written by P. Gwiazda and published by Springer. This book was released on 2007-10-01 with total page 203 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: James Merrill and W.H. Auden offers a substantial analysis of the literary and personal relationship between two major twentieth-century poets. As Gwiazda argues, Auden's prominence in the post-World War II American poetry scene as a homosexual poet and critic makes his impact on Merrill particularly noteworthy. Merrill's imaginary recreation of Auden in his occult verse trilogy The Changing Light at Sandover (1982) offers a powerful statement about the dynamics of poetic influence between gay male poets. Combining archival research, textual analysis, and aspects of queer theory, James Merrill and W.H. Auden examines Sandover's implications to the contentious issues of homosexual identity and self-representation.
Download or read book Chaosmos written by Philip Kuberski and published by State University of New York Press. This book was released on with total page 232 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This book shows how writers like James Joyce, James Merrill, and Doris Lessing; scientists like Gregory Bateson, Ilya Prigogine, and David Bohm; and theorists like Jacques Derrida, Jacques Lacan, and Michel Serres forecasted and initiated a shift away from modernist conceptions of the world as a machine; the self as an isolated, enclosed principle, and representation as a reductive survey of the world and the self. The focus of this book is the chaosmos (a Joycean coinage) apparent within the atom and also within analogous nuclear sites such as the self, the word, the organism, and the world. By chaosmos, Kuberski intends a unitary and yet untotalizeda chiasmicconcept of the world as a field of inevitable and intermittent interference and convergence, a multi-leveled complexity from which emerge organisms, languages, and selves. In exploring and mapping chaosmos, Kuberski emphasizes significant convergences of literary and philosophic, deconstructive and organistic, Eastern and Western, and scientific and humanistic points of view.
Book Synopsis Poetry & the Dictionary by : Andrew Blades
Download or read book Poetry & the Dictionary written by Andrew Blades and published by Liverpool University Press. This book was released on 2020-03-26 with total page 312 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt:
Download or read book Precipitations written by Devin Johnston and published by Wesleyan University Press. This book was released on 2002-06-24 with total page 217 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Charts the influence of occultism on America poetry from WWII to the present.
Book Synopsis The Underworld in Twentieth-Century Poetry by : M. Thurston
Download or read book The Underworld in Twentieth-Century Poetry written by M. Thurston and published by Springer. This book was released on 2009-12-21 with total page 216 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: The hero s descent into the Underworld is not only one of the oldest stories in western literature; it is also one of the most often retold. Why do so many modern poets - British and American, black and white, male and female, from the metropole and from the margins - stage Underworld descents in their works? Through a series of contextualized close readings, this study traces the cultural work performed by modern deployments of the classical narrative. While some poets engage their literary forebears to exorcise anxiety and others use Hell to sharpen their cultural critique, most recent poets, including James Merrill, Derek Walcott, Tony Harrison, and Seamus Heaney, have found the Underworld descent to be a useful framework for addressing the claims of history and politics.
Book Synopsis Encyclopedia of American Poetry: The Twentieth Century by : Eric L. Haralson
Download or read book Encyclopedia of American Poetry: The Twentieth Century written by Eric L. Haralson and published by Routledge. This book was released on 2014-01-21 with total page 866 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: The Encyclopedia of American Poetry: The Twentieth Century contains over 400 entries that treat a broad range of individual poets and poems, along with many articles devoted to topics, schools, or periods of American verse in the century. Entries fall into three main categories: poet entries, which provide biographical and cultural contexts for the author's career; entries on individual works, which offer closer explication of the most resonant poems in the 20th-century canon; and topical entries, which offer analyses of a given period of literary production, school, thematically constructed category, or other verse tradition that historically has been in dialogue with the poetry of the United States.
Download or read book Word of Mouth written by Chad Bennett and published by JHU Press. This book was released on 2018-05-15 with total page 343 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: The first study of modern and contemporary poetry’s vibrant exchange with gossip. Can the art of gossip help us to better understand modern and contemporary poetry? Gossip’s ostensible frivolity may seem at odds with common conceptions of poetry as serious, solitary expression. But in Word of Mouth, Chad Bennett explores the dynamic relationship between gossip and American poetry, uncovering the unexpected ways that the history of the modern lyric intertwines with histories of sexuality in the twentieth century. Through nuanced readings of Gertrude Stein, Langston Hughes, Frank O’Hara, and James Merrill—poets who famously absorbed and adapted the loose talk that swirled about them and their work—Bennett demonstrates how gossip became a vehicle for alternative modes of poetic practice. By attending to gossip’s key role in modern and contemporary poetry, he recognizes the unpredictable ways that conventional understandings of the modern lyric poem have been shaped by, and afforded a uniquely suitable space for, the expression of queer sensibilities. Evincing an ear for good gossip, Bennett presents new and illuminating queer contexts for the influential poetry of these four culturally diverse poets. Word of Mouth establishes poetry as a neglected archive for our thinking about gossip and contributes a crucial queer perspective to current lyric studies and its renewed scholarly debate over the status and uses of the lyric genre.
Book Synopsis This Composite Voice by : Mark A. Bauer
Download or read book This Composite Voice written by Mark A. Bauer and published by Routledge. This book was released on 2004-06 with total page 292 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Readers of James Merrill's poetry have long noted the affinities and contrasts between Merrill and Yeats. This book provides the first in-depth examination of the extensive history and particularly vexed nature of this relationship.
Download or read book A Whole World written by James Merrill and published by Knopf. This book was released on 2021-04-06 with total page 745 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK OF THE YEAR • The selected correspondence of the brilliant poet, one of the twentieth century's last great letter writers. "I don't keep a journal, not after the first week," James Merrill asserted in a letter while on a trip around the world. "Letters have got to bear all the burden." A vivacious correspondent, whether abroad, where avid curiosity and fond memory frequently took him, or at home, he wrote eagerly and often, to family and lifelong friends, American and Greek lovers, confidants in literature and art about everything that mattered—aesthetics, opera and painting, housekeeping and cooking, the comedy of social life, the mysteries of the Ouija board and the spirit world, and psychological and moral dilemmas—in funny, dashing, unrevised missives, composed to entertain himself as well as his recipients. On a personal nemesis: "the ambivalence I live with. It worries me less and less. It becomes the very stuff of my art"; on a lunch for Wallace Stevens given by Blanche Knopf: "It had been decided by one and all that nothing but small talk would be allowed"; on romance in his late fifties: "I must stop acting like an orphan gobbling cookies in fear of the plate's being taken away"; on great books: "they burn us like radium, with their decisiveness, their terrible understanding of what happens." Merrill's daily chronicle of love and loss is unfettered, self-critical, full of good gossip, and attuned to the wicked irony, the poignant detail—a natural extension of the great poet's voice.