Selected Poems of Frederick Goddard Tuckerman

Selected Poems of Frederick Goddard Tuckerman

by Frederick Goddard Tuckerman, Ben Mazer, Stephen Burt
     
 

Unlike Whitman, Dickinson, or Wordsworth, Frederick Goddard Tuckerman (1821–1873) never wanted to start a revolution in poetry. Nor did he—like Longfellow or his friend Tennyson—capture or ever try to represent the spirit of his age. Yet he remains one of America’s most passionate, moving, and technically accomplished poets of the nineteenth

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Unlike Whitman, Dickinson, or Wordsworth, Frederick Goddard Tuckerman (1821–1873) never wanted to start a revolution in poetry. Nor did he—like Longfellow or his friend Tennyson—capture or ever try to represent the spirit of his age. Yet he remains one of America’s most passionate, moving, and technically accomplished poets of the nineteenth century: a New Englander through and through, a poet of the outdoors, wandering fields and wooded hillsides by himself, driven to poetry and the solitude of nature by the loss of his beloved wife. This is the persona we encounter again and again in Tuckerman’s sonnets and stanzaic lyric poetry.

Correcting numerous errors in previous editions, this is the first reliable reading edition of Tuckerman’s poetry. Ben Mazer has painstakingly re-edited the poems in this selection from manuscripts at the Houghton Library. Included in this generous selection are several important poems omitted in The Complete Poems of Frederick Goddard Tuckerman. In his introduction to the volume, Stephen Burt celebrates an extraordinary poet of mourning and nature—an anti-Transcendental—who in many ways seems closer to writers of our own century than to, say, Emerson or even Thoreau. Readers who enjoy the verse of Richard Wilbur, Anthony Hecht, or Mary Oliver will find much to admire in Tuckerman’s poetry.

Editorial Reviews

John Burt
No poet of nature has known the natural world with the intimacy, subtlety, and sensitivity to detail of Tuckerman. This edition freshly illuminates the complete poetry of this major, but little known, American talent.
Denis Donoghue
This is a welcome new edition of one of the masters of the meditative lyric.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674050488
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
04/15/2010
Series:
John Harvard Library Series , #115
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.10(d)

What People are saying about this

Denis Donoghue
This is a welcome new edition of one of the masters of the meditative lyric.
Denis Donoghue, New York University
John Burt
No poet of nature has known the natural world with the intimacy, subtlety, and sensitivity to detail of Tuckerman. This edition freshly illuminates the complete poetry of this major, but little known, American talent.
John Burt, Brandeis University

Meet the Author

Ben Mazer is the author of several collections of poetry, most recently, January 2008 and Poems.

Stephen Burt is Professor of English at Harvard.

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