The Poems of Herman Melville

The Poems of Herman Melville

by Herman Melville
     
 

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Unlike his fiction, which has been popular and often reprinted, Melville's poetry remains obscure. The last "collected poems" appeared in 1947 and "selected poems" in the 1970s, and only two books dealing exclusively with Melville's poetry have appeared, both published in the 1970s. In this revised edition of his Poems of Herman Melville, Douglas RobillardSee more details below

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Unlike his fiction, which has been popular and often reprinted, Melville's poetry remains obscure. The last "collected poems" appeared in 1947 and "selected poems" in the 1970s, and only two books dealing exclusively with Melville's poetry have appeared, both published in the 1970s. In this revised edition of his Poems of Herman Melville, Douglas Robillard updates the scholarship on the poetry through his introduction and notes and makes a case for revised estimate of the importance of Melville as a poet.

The Poems of Herman Melville contains entire texts of "Battle-Pieces" (1866), "John Marr and Other Sailors" (1888), and "Timoleon" (1891). Selected cantos form "Clarel" are reprinted with accompanying notes and commentary.

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Library Journal - Library Journal
This collection of poetry is edited by Melville scholar Robillard, author of the book-length study Melville and the Visual Arts as well as a number of periodical articles. It presents the complete texts of "Battle-Pieces," "John Marr and Other Sailors," and "Timoleon," as well as additional manuscript poems. Also presented are excerpts from the long narrative poem Clarel to give the reader a taste of the style and content of this work. The editor's introduction, as well as his notes at the end of each section, are informative as well as appreciative of Melville's status as a poet. The reader who admires the writer's novels will discover that, especially in the Civil War and sea poems, Melville was as adept in poetry as he was in prose. The forthcoming Northwestern-Newberry volume of poetry in its collected works of the author will eventually replace all other editions, but until that comes out the reader will find this collection to be a good introduction to the craft of Melville the poet. Recommended for all library collections, especially those that lack a selection of this writer's poetry.--Morris Hounion New York City Technical Coll. Lib., Brooklyn Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.\

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780873386609
Publisher:
Kent State University Press
Publication date:
08/01/2000
Edition description:
REVISED
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.80(d)

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