Academic Festival Overtures

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Originally published in 1985, Daryl Hine's Academic Festival Overtures is a rare feat of formal and imaginative brilliance, a long confessional poem and bildungsromans, recounting the author's own fourteenth year in 1950s British Columbia. The work evokes the passage from adolesence through puberty, the discovery of vocation and sexuality, and is an important contribution to gender and queer studies in Canada, as well as literary history. With ...

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Overview

Originally published in 1985, Daryl Hine's Academic Festival Overtures is a rare feat of formal and imaginative brilliance, a long confessional poem and bildungsromans, recounting the author's own fourteenth year in 1950s British Columbia. The work evokes the passage from adolesence through puberty, the discovery of vocation and sexuality, and is an important contribution to gender and queer studies in Canada, as well as literary history. With a new introduction by poet and scholar John Hollander.

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After a ten-year stint as editor of Poetry and ten volumes of exquisitely wrought poems, Canadian Daryl Hine has yet to achieve the accolades from readers that he has from poets. His Academic Festival Overtures , a 187-page (!) Alexandrine poem, recounts the rites of spring, summer, and passage through his 14th year, his first in a British Columbian junior high school. He must cope with the recent death of his beloved mother, a lonely life with a stern father, his homosexuality and first (unconsummated) love for a ``straight'' age-mate who is paralyzed in a bicycle accident. Precocious and priggish, Hine's narrator/persona treats the reader to literary allusions, bons mots, excellent characterizations, awful sexual puns, and clever enjambementsin short, a sustained, autobiographical tour of the poet's youthful libido. J.P. Lewis, Integrative Studies Dept., Otterbein Coll., Westerville, Ohio
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689115806
  • Publisher: Scribner
  • Publication date: 9/1/1985
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Pages: 204
  • Product dimensions: 0.47 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

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