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Collected Poems

ISBN-10: 037570941X
ISBN-13: 9780375709418
Edition: 2001
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Description: The publication of James Merrill'sCollected Poemsis a landmark in the history of modern American literature. HisFirst Poems—its sophistication and virtuosity were recognized at once—appeared half a century ago. Over the next five decades, Merrill's  More...

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Book details

List price: $27.50
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/5/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 912
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 1.75" tall
Weight: 2.640

The publication of James Merrill'sCollected Poemsis a landmark in the history of modern American literature. HisFirst Poems—its sophistication and virtuosity were recognized at once—appeared half a century ago. Over the next five decades, Merrill's range broadened and his voice took on its characteristic richness. In book after book, his urbanity and wit, his intriguing images and paradoxes, shone with a rare brilliance. As he once told an interviewer, he "looked for English in its billiard-table sense—words that have been set spinning against their own gravity." But beneath their surface glamour, his poems were driven by an audacious imagination that continually sought to deepen and refine our perspectives on experience. Among other roles, he was one of the supreme love poets of the twentieth century. In delicate lyric or complex narrative, this book abounds with what he once called his "chronicles of love and loss." Like Wallace Stevens and W. H. Auden before him, Merrill sought to quicken the pulse of a poem in surprising and compelling ways—ways, indeed, that changed how we came to see our own lives. Years ago, the critic Helen Vendler spoke for others when she wrote of Merrill, "The time eventually comes, in a good poet's career, when readers actively wait for his books: to know that someone out there is writing down your century, your generation, your language, your life . . . He has become one of our indispensable poets." This book brings together a remarkable body of work in an authoritative edition. From Merrill's privately printed book,The Black Swan, published in 1946, to his posthumous collection,A Scattering of Salts, which appeared in 1995, all of the poems he published are included, except for juvenalia and his epic,The Changing Light at Sandover. In addition, twenty-one of his translations (from Apollinaire, Montale, and Cavafy, among others) and forty-four of his previously uncollected poems (including those written in the last year of his life) are gathered here for the first time. Collected Poems in the first volume in a series that will present all of James Merrill's work—his novels and plays, and his collected prose. Together, these volumes will testify to a monumental career that distinguished American literature in the late twentieth century and will continue to inspire readers and writers for years to come.

James Ingram Merrill 1926-1995 James Ingram Merrill was born in New York on March 3, 1926. He attended Amherst College. Merrill would go on to receive every major poetry award in the United States, including the 1977 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for Divine Comedies. Merrill was honored in mid-career with the Bollingen Prize in 1973. He would receive the National Book Critics Circle Award in 1983 for his epic poem The Changing Light at Sandover. He won the National Book Award for Poetry twice, in 1967 for Nights and Days and in 1979 for Mirabell: Books of Number. Merrill died on February 6, 1995. Since his death, his work has been anthologized in three divisions: Collected Poems, Collected Prose, and Collected Novels and Plays.

J. D. McClatchy is the author of four books of poems, two books of literary essays, & four opera libretti. He is the editor of "The Yale Review" & a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets.

Stephen Yenser is Professor of English, University of California, Los Angeles.

The Black Swan
The Broken Bowl
The Green Eye
The Flint Eye
Medusa
Accumulations of the Sea
Cloud Country
The Drowning Poet
Entrance from Sleep
Dancing, Joyously Dancing
Poem in Spring
Hourglass
Conservatory
Wreath for the Warm-Eyed
Variations: The Air Is Sweetest That a Thistle Guards
River Poem
Kite Poem
Procession
Portrait
Parable
Proverb
Foliage of Vision
The Grape Cure
Figures in a Legendary Glade
Transfigured Bird
The Parrot
The Pelican
The Peacock
Primer
Variations and Elegy: White Stag, Black Bear
Periwinkles
Willow
The House
The Country of a Thousand Years of Peace
The Octopus
Fire Poem
Olive Grove
Thistledown
A Timepiece
The Greenhouse
The Lovers
Some Negatives: X at the Chateau
A Renewal
Kyoto: At the Detached Palace
Hotel de l'Univers et Portugal
The Wintering Weeds
Upon a Second Marriage
Saint
The Charioteer of Delphi
Who Guessed Amiss the Riddle of the Sphinx
A Narrow Escape
Midas Among Goldenrod
Salome
The Dunes
Mirror
Amsterdam
Laboratory Poem
Water Boiling
Night Laundry
Italian Lesson
The Cruise
The Tourist
Geography
At the Bullfight
A View of the Burning
Marsyas
Orfeo
The Doodler
The Perfume
The Day of the Eclipse
Walking All Night
A Survival
About the Phoenix
Voices from the Other World
The Power Station
Dream (Escape from the Sculpture Museum) and Waking
Stones
The Locusts
In the Hall of Mirrors
A Dedication
An Urban Convalescence
From a Notebook
A Vision of the Garden
Poem of Summer's End
After Greece
The Grand Canyon
Prism
For Proust
Scenes of Childhood
The Lawn Fete of Homunculus Artifex
The World and the Child
Childlessness
Getting Through
A Dream of Old Vienna
The Midnight Snack
Sundown and Starlight
Event Without Particulars
The Dandelion Sermon
Roger Clay's Proposal
The Reconnaissance
The Water Hyacinth
Annie Hill's Grave
Angel
To a Butterfly
The Parrot Fish
Letter from Egypt
The Smile
Swimming by Night
A Tenancy
Nightgown
The Thousand and Second Night
Maisie
The Furnished Room
Between Us
Violent Pastoral
1939
Time
Charles on Fire
The Art Dealer
The Broken Home
Little Fanfare for Felix Magowan
A Carpet Not Bought
The Current
Balanchine's
Discotheque
The Mad Scene
From the Cupola
Days of 1964
Lorelei
The Friend of the Fourth Decade
16.IX.65
Words for Maria
More Enterprise
Kostas Tympakianakis
Ouzo for Robin
To My Greek
The Envoys
"Light of the Street, Darkness of Your Own House"
Part of the Vigil
An Abdication
Nike
Flying from Byzantium
Last Words
David's Night in Velies
Another August
Remora
A Fever
Mornings in a New House
A Preface to the Memoirs
The Opera Company
Matinees
Pola Diva
The Summer People
Log
After the Fire
Pieces of History
In Monument Valley
Days of 1935
Mandala
18 West 11th Street
Another April
In Nine Sleep Valley
Willowware Cup
Banks of a Stream Where Creatures Bathe
Under Mars
Yam
The Black Mesa
Under Libra: Weights and Measures
Komboloi
Strato in Plaster
Up and Down
Electra: A Translation
Dreams About Clothes
Fleche d'Or
Days of 1971
The Victor Dog
Syrinx
The Kimono
Lost in Translation
McKane's Falls
Chimes for Yahya
Manos Karasterfanis
Yannina
Verse for Urania
The Will
Whitebeard on Videotape
Grass
Clearing the Title
Island in the Works
Developers at Crystal River
Think Tank
The Pier: Under Pisces
The Help
Domino
Palm Beach with Portuguese Man-of-War
The School Play
Revivals of Tristan
Days of 1941 and 44
Page from the Koran
Casual Wear
Popular Demand
Caesarion
Ideas
The "Metro"
The House Fly
An Upset
Month
Santo
Tattoos
Bad Trip
Future Apples Inc.
The First-Born
Fidelio from the Met
A Day on the Connecticut River
Last Mornings in California
Bronze
Channel 13
The Blue Grotto
From the Cutting-Room Floor
Arclight
Radiometer
Tress Listening to Bach
Paul Valery: Palme
Contacts
Microscopic
Telesope
Camera
In the Dark
Midsummer Evening on the Prinsengracht
Santorini: Stopping the Leak
After the Ball
Little Fallacy
Declaration Day
Morning Glory
Serenade
Waterspout
David's Watercolor
Arabian Night
Green Cove Springs
The Dresden Doll
The Fifteenth Summer
A Room at the Heart of Things
The Image Maker
The Parnassians
Menu
Carp
Spell
Monday Morning
Hindu Illumination
Ginger Beef
Laser Majesty
IF U CN RD THS
Voltaire: A Statue of Christ in Jesuit Attire
Anagram/Anagramme
Lipstick, 1935
Snake Pit
To an Actor on Location for a Film in Which He Gets Killed
A Bit of Blue Tile on the Beach
Dead Center
Prose of Departure
Walks in Rome
Graffito
Grace
Icecap
Cornwall
Losing the Marbles
Investiture at Cecconi's
Farewell Performance
Processional
A Downward Look
Big Mirror Outdoors
Nine Lives
Morning Exercise
Albaster
Snow Jobs
Home Fires
The Ring Cycle
The Ponchielli Complex
To the Reader
Volcanic Holiday
Rescue
The Instilling
Novelettes
My Father's Irish Setters
The Great Emigration
More or Less
Lamp, Terracotta Base, U.S., ca. 1925
Mantel Clock, Imitation Sevres
Scrapping the Computer
A Look Askance
Press Release
Vol. XLIV, No. 3
Tony: Ending the Life
body
Pledge
Cosmo
Radio
Family Week at Oracle Ranch
164 East 72nd Street
Quantrains for Pegasus
The Pyroxenes
Pearl
Overdue Pilgrimage to Nova Scotia
Alessio and the Zinnias
Self-Portrait in Tyvek Windbreaker
An Upward Look
From Morning into Morning
The Cosmological Eye
Perspectives of a Lonesome Eye
Phenomenal Love Song
The Formal Lovers
Suspense of Love
Embarkation Sonnets
The Diary of the Duc de L[superscript ***]
A Valentine in Crayons
Europa
Lecture: The Skeleton
The Bed
Cupid
Zeno Reminded of a Family Quarrel
Bath Poem
Birthday
Early Settlers
India: The Dance of Giving
Pact with the Astrologer
Rough Scheme for an Eon in the Alps
Lover by Full Moon
Ascendancy of Children
Men's Song at Wedding
The Candid Decorator
Words for the Familiar Spirit
Landscape with Torrent
Music from Above
Fountain in Disuse: Athens
Landscape with VW
Oracle
Envoi
Juan Burning the Diary
Economic Man
Table Talk
A Bag of Peanuts for John Hollander
The Kitchen Knight
Autumn Elegy
The Bequest
On the Bridge
From "The Broken Home"
Hourglass
Delft
Crocheted Curtain
The Caseworker
A Silence
Mosquito
642719
At a Texas Wishing-Well
The Seventh Round
Castaway
The Romance Language
Tsikoudhia
No Word
Full Moon: Letter to T
Trellis
Country Music
Opaque Morning
Seaside Doorway, Summer Dawn
Tomorrows
The Pardoner's Tale
We Walk in Woods
Desert Motel with Frog Amulet
Lunch with a Scholar
Child of the Earth
Master and Man
The Catch-All
Les Collines (Apollinaire)
The Malleability of Sorrow (Lodeizen)
For May Father (Londeizen)
The Water (Lodeizen)
Second Rose Motif (Meireles)
Vigil (Meireles)
Ballad of the Ten Casino Dancers (Meireles)
The Dead Horse (Meireles)
Pyrangyrite Metal, 9 (Meireles)
The House of the Customs Men (Montale)
The Eel (Montale)
New Stanzas (Montale)
Cafe at Rapallo (Montale)
In the Greenhouse (Montale)
In the Park (Montale)
The Shadow of the Magnolia (Montale)
The Blackcock (Montale)
The Author in Exile to His Publisher in Prison (Vassilikos)
The Afternoon Sun (Cavafy)
On an Italian Shore (Cavafy)
Days of 1908 (Cavafy)
Beginner's Greek
Gothic Novel
At Mamallapuram
Poets at Home
Above All That?
Neo-Classic
Mouthpiece
Acrostic
With a Greek Coin (Heads, Athena in Profile; Tails, Her Owl) for a Silver Anniversary
Copied onto the Thing Itself
In a Notebook from Delphi
On a Photograph of the Author Presented to His Former Student After a Stay in Greece
With a Fountain Pen
Fort Lauderdale
En Route
Her Craft
The Suppliant
Garonce
Epithalamium
Snapshot of Adam
Siestas of an Architect
Hubbell Pierce (1925-1980)
Another Postscript
The Hospitable Translators
To a Pocket Calculator
The Illustrations
Pipe Dream
Gadfly Triolets
Philip Larkin (1922-1985)
Here Today
Domestic Architecture
Idea
Song
Key West Aquarium: The Sawfish
Peeled Wands
November Ode
Navarino
Storm
Chinese Poem
Introduction to the Media
The Poem as Crutch
Woman Leaving Shop
In Caravaggio's Studio
People Will Talk
April in Athens
Rest Home
Life in the Mezzogiorno
Word Made Flesh
How Long?
After Cavafy
Minotaur
Oranges
In the Pink
Rhapsody on Czech Themes
Christmas Tree
Koi
Days of 1994
Textual Notes
Biographical Note
Index of First Lines
Index of Titles

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