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By John Berryman

ISBN-10: 1466879610

ISBN-13: 9781466879614

A wild, masterful Pulitzer Prize'winning cycle of poems that part a century later nonetheless shocks and astounds

John Berryman was once infrequently unknown while he released 77 Dream Songs, however the quantity was once, however, a surprise and a revelation. A 'spooky' assortment within the phrases of Robert Lowell--"a maddening paintings of genius."

As Henri Cole notes in his stylish, perceptive advent, Berryman had chanced on "a looser sort that combined low and high dictions with a wierd syntax." Berryman had additionally found his such a lot enduring adjust ego, a paranoid, passionate, depressed, inebriated, irrepressible antihero named Henry or, occasionally, Mr. Bones: "We contact at definite points," Berryman claimed, of Henry, "But i'm a precise human being.''

Henry is probably not actual, yet he comes alive at the web page. And whereas the main well-known of the Dream Songs starts, “Life, associates, is boring,” those poems by no means are. Henry lusts: seeing a lady “Filling her compact & scrumptious physique / with chook páprika” he can slightly restrain himself: “only the actual fact of her husband & 4 folks / saved me from springing on her.” Henry despairs: “All the area like a woolen lover / as soon as did appear on Henry’s facet. / Then got here a departure.” Henry, frightened of his personal violent urges, consoles himself: “Nobody is ever missing.”

77 Dream Songs gained the Pulitzer Prize in 1965, yet Berryman’s formal and emotional innovations—he cracks the language open, creates a brand new idiom within which to precise everlasting feelings—remain as alive and instant this day as ever.

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Page 44 The Long Shower Sloshing and sleeking like a waterfall His hair like moss, it pounds, it pours On him till having cooled his head, Invades his mind, Annulling even the memory of heat, Yesterday's and the day before's. In a loud solitude of assaulting drops He stands, veiled and unveiled, Dazzling and plain, To everything beyond his whirlwind world Oblivious and water-dazed While one hand gropes to force the furious rain. Cold, cold, cold, how it comes at him Like anger, like insult, flat in the face Or, better, some gusty Greek god's masquerade.

Page 16 November Willows My slow eyes Only today have Seen November willows Willows with all Their sweeping pendant Leaves still golden After all other Beech, birch, maple Golds have gone Only today after These many years Of half-seeing Suddenly in mist Rain or clearing This November gold. Page 17 Appraisal I who have made a virtue and a skill Of compromise, defending it as a mean, Though less than golden, among various goods, A resolution of conflicting goods, A goal and measure of maturity, Find myself guilty in this young man's eyes Looking at me out of a prison sentence.

We were a little early. How clean, how beautiful the great wind was. Page 20 Late Cricket The celibate cricket Concealed and alone In his hermit cell Deep in a thicket Of grass by a stone In a field on a hill In numb November When breath blows chill And earth turns somber Still rings his bell ''All's well, all's well" Till white bird December Has feathered and flown. Page 21 Midsummer Twelve white cattle on the crest, Milk-white against the chicory skies, Six gazing south, six gazing west With the blue distance in their eyes.

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