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The Dream Songsby John Berryman
I've read the poems in The Dream Songs many, many times over and I can't say I fully understand them. I can say, with full confidence, that in their own strange way they are genius. In his introduction, W. S. Merwin uses the adjectives "intimate, elusive, wild, unbearable, beautiful" to describe Berryman's poems. They are all that and more.
Synopses & Reviews
This edition combines The Dream Songs, awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1965, and His Toy, His Dream, His Rest, which won the National Book Award for Poetry in 1969 and contains all 385 songs. Of The Dream Songs, A. Alvarez wrote in The Observer, "A major achievement. He has written an elegy on his brilliant generation and, in the process, he has also written an elegy on himself."
About the Author
A widely celebrated American poet and critic whose contemporaries and friends included Robert Lowell, Elizabeth Bishop, and Delmore Schwartz, John Berryman (1914-72) taught at Princeton, Harvard, the University of Iowa, and the University of Minnesota.
Table of Contents
Dreamsongs — Blanket of love — Rainbow slumber tree — Lullaby Lane — Gently, gently — First wonder --Once upon a time — Ninna nanna — You are loved --Angel child — Sweet dreamer — A twinkling star.
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