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Collected Poems, 1919-1976

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One of the early-twentieth century Southern intellectuals and artists of the early twentieth century known as the Agrarians, Allen Tate wrote poetry that was rooted strongly in that region's past--in the land, the people, and the traditions of the American South as well as in the forms and concerns of the classic poets. In "Ode to the Confederate Dead"-- generally recognized as his greatest poem--he delineates both the horror of the sight of rows of tombstones at a Confederate cemetery and the honor that such ...

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Overview

One of the early-twentieth century Southern intellectuals and artists of the early twentieth century known as the Agrarians, Allen Tate wrote poetry that was rooted strongly in that region's past--in the land, the people, and the traditions of the American South as well as in the forms and concerns of the classic poets. In "Ode to the Confederate Dead"-- generally recognized as his greatest poem--he delineates both the horror of the sight of rows of tombstones at a Confederate cemetery and the honor that such sacrifice embodies, resulting in "a masterpiece that could not be transcended" (William Pratt).

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"Allen Tate is the supreme classicist, the most convincingly grandiloquent orator, of his generation. The rhetoric of his monologues, analyzing the sublime decadence of the moral and political scene, is gloomy, scornful and yet icily aloof. The more philosophical poems tease the reader with ironies of existence and morality. Everywhere is an easy 17th-century formality, sureness with myth, and habit of cadence and judgment…. It is simply important to have Tate again in print, accessible to a couple of generations of readers who probably hardly know him."
-John Fuller, on the hardcover publication of Collected Poems 1919-1976 in 1977

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780374530952
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Publication date: 10/16/2007
  • Series: FSG Classics Ser.
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 1,013,650
  • Product dimensions: 5.93 (w) x 7.79 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

Allen Tate (1899-1979) was born in Winchester, Kentucky, and spent much of his adult life teaching  first in the South, then in Minnesota. He is also the author of the novel The Fathers.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2006

    Modernist Master

    Is this book really still in print? It certainly should be. Here you will find such challenging and memorable poems as 'Death of Little Boys,' 'Mr. Pope,' 'The Wolves,' 'The Mediterranean,' 'Aeneas at Washington' (where there is a serious misprint--'struck,' which should read 'stuck' in the concluding lines), 'Sonnets at Christmas,' and 'The Swimmers' (a masterful late, autobiographical poem in terza rima about a lynching)--not to mention 'Ode to the Confederate Dead,' Tate's most famous poem. Tate, as Langdon Hammer puts it, presents one side of the 'Janus face' of Modernism--Hart Crane, Tate's exact contemporary, presenting the other side. Tate styled himself a classicist in poetic temperament, but he is hardly less the visionary--if always a less rhapsodic one--than Crane. And as with his Mr. Pope, there is sometimes 'rage between his teeth,' at other times an enervated spirit. Tate's discordant music, which so influenced the early Robert Lowell's and Geoffrey Hill's, is unforgettable.

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