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Theodore Roethke: Selected Poems (American Poets Project)

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From the recollections of his youth in Michigan to the visionary longings of the poems written just before his death, Theodore Roethke embarked on a quest to restore wholeness to a self that seemed irreparably broken. In the words of editor Edward Hirsch, "he courted the irrational and embraced what is most vulnerable in life." Hirsch's selection and perceptive introduction illuminate the daring and intensity of a poet who, in poems such as "My Papa's Waltz" and "The Lost Son," reached back into the abyss of childhood in an attempt to wrest self-knowledge out of memory. Roethke's true subject was the unfathomable depths of his own being, but his existential investigations were always shaped and disciplined by an exacting formal stringency, as equally at ease with Yeats' vigorous cadence ("Four for Sir John Davies") as with the spacious Whitmanian idiom on display in the virtuoso efforts of The Far Field. This gathering of Roethke's works also includes several of his poems for children, and a generous sampling from his notebook writings, offering a glimpse of the poet at work with the raw materials of language and ideas.

Synopsis:

Expansive, dynamic, displaying an electrifying command of language and sound, Theodore Roethke's poems shine with a rich, seductive music. Writing with honesty and wit, grace and the courage to strip away consoling illusions, he explored the depths of his inner life to create a testament to his own mysteries. His poems, suffused with awe and wonder, reveal him as a "worthy successor to Whitman and Emerson," as editor Edward Hirsch writes in his introduction.

Synopsis:

The best-selling author of How to Read a Poem and Fall in Love with Poetry selects and introduces the work of a still-underappreciated 20th century genius.

Synopsis:

Editor Edward Hirsch's selection and introduction illuminate the daring and intensity of a poet who, in poems such as "My Papa's Waltz" and "The Lost Son," reached back into the abyss of childhood in an attempt to wrest self-knowledge out of memory. This gathering of Roethke's works also includes several of his poems for children, and a generous sampling from his notebook writings, offering a glimpse of the poet at work with the raw materials of language and ideas.

About the Author

Edward Hirsch is the author of several books of poetry and criticism, including Lay Back the Darkness and How to Read a Poem and Fall in Love with Poetry. His many awards include a National Book Critics Circle award and a MacArthur fellowship. He is president of the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation.

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION

from Open House (1941)

  • Open House
  • The Premonition
  • Mid-Country Blow
  • The Heron
  • The Bat
  • "Long Live the Weeds"
  • On the Road to Woodlawn
  • Highway: Michigan
  • Night Journey
  • from The Lost Son and Other Poems (1948)

  • Cuttings
  • Cuttings (later)
  • Root Cellar
  • Forcing House
  • Weed Puller
  • Orchids
  • Moss-Gathering
  • Big Wind
  • Old Florist
  • Frau Bauman, Frau Schmidt, and Frau Schwartze
  • Transplanting
  • Child on Top of a Greenhouse
  • Flower Dump
  • Carnations
  • My Papa's Waltz
  • Pickle Belt
  • Dolor
  • Double Feature
  • The Return
  • Night Crow
  • River Incident
  • The Minimal
  • The Waking
  • The Lost Son
  • The Long Alley
  • A Field of Light
  • The Shape of the Fire
  • from Praise to the End! (1951)

  • Where Knock Is Open Wide
  • I Need, I Need
  • Praise to the End!
  • Unfold! Unfold!
  • I Cry, Love! Love!
  • from The Waking (1953)

  • O, Thou Opening, O
  • A Light Breather
  • Elegy for Jane
  • from Four for Sir John Davies: The Dance
  • The Waking
  • from Words for the Wind (1958)

  • Words for the Wind
  • I Knew a Woman
  • The Sententious Man
  • The Pure Fury
  • The Surly One
  • The Beast
  • A Walk in Late Summer
  • Snake
  • Slug
  • from Meditations of an Old Woman: First Meditation
  • from The Far Field (1964)

  • North American Sequence
  • The Longing
  • Meditation at Oyster River
  • Journey to the Interior
  • The Long Waters
  • The Far Field
  • The Rose
  • Elegy
  • Otto
  • The Meadow Mouse
  • Heard in a Violent Ward
  • The Geranium
  • The Storm
  • The Thing
  • In a Dark Time
  • The Sequel
  • The Right Thing
  • POEMS FOR CHILDREN

  • Dinky
  • The Cow
  • The Serpent
  • The Sloth
  • The Lady and the Bear
  • The Kitty-Cat Bird
  • The Whale
  • The Yak
  • The Donkey
  • The Hippo
  • The Lamb
  • The Lizard
  • FROM THE NOTEBOOKS
    Biographical Note
    Note on the Texts
    Notes
    Index of Titles and First Lines

    Product Details

    ISBN:
    9781931082785
    Author:
    Roethke, Theodore
    Publisher:
    Library of America
    Editor:
    Hirsch, Edward
    Subject:
    American - General
    Subject:
    Single Author / American
    Subject:
    Poetry-A to Z
    Copyright:
    Edition Description:
    Hardback
    Series:
    American Poets Project
    Series Volume:
    15
    Publication Date:
    20050431
    Binding:
    HARDCOVER
    Grade Level:
    from 12
    Language:
    English
    Pages:
    200
    Dimensions:
    7.63x4.92x.66 in. .56 lbs.
    Age Level:
    from 18

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    "Synopsis" by , Expansive, dynamic, displaying an electrifying command of language and sound, Theodore Roethke's poems shine with a rich, seductive music. Writing with honesty and wit, grace and the courage to strip away consoling illusions, he explored the depths of his inner life to create a testament to his own mysteries. His poems, suffused with awe and wonder, reveal him as a "worthy successor to Whitman and Emerson," as editor Edward Hirsch writes in his introduction.
    "Synopsis" by , The best-selling author of How to Read a Poem and Fall in Love with Poetry selects and introduces the work of a still-underappreciated 20th century genius.
    "Synopsis" by , Editor Edward Hirsch's selection and introduction illuminate the daring and intensity of a poet who, in poems such as "My Papa's Waltz" and "The Lost Son," reached back into the abyss of childhood in an attempt to wrest self-knowledge out of memory. This gathering of Roethke's works also includes several of his poems for children, and a generous sampling from his notebook writings, offering a glimpse of the poet at work with the raw materials of language and ideas.
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