Silence in the Snowy Fields: Poems / Edition 1

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Overview

'Robert Bly writes of silence, sleep, moonlight and snow in Minnesota....It is lively and beautiful. For what interests Bly in silence is the articulate quality of it, its creative noise.'--John Logan, The Critic
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Editorial Reviews

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“Mr. Bly’s poems name delicate, humble things, and at the same time describe man assuming his existence, beginning over again the test of illusions. At the end of each poem there is silence, without complaint.” —Wallace Fowlie, New York Times Book Review

“Bly writes of silence, sleep, moonlight and snow in Minnesota . . . It is lively and beautiful. For what interests Bly in silence is the articulate quality of it, its creative noise”—John Logan, The Critic

“This is poetry which springs out of an uncommon vision of nature…The poems are frequently epiphanies of man-in-nature without any fuss.” —Thomas McGrath, National Guardian

“Bly has pared his images (most of them stemming from a life close to natural phenomena) down to the bone and used them with charm and ingenuousness.”—Beloit Poetry Journal

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780819510150
  • Publisher: Wesleyan University Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/1962
  • Series: Wesleyan Poetry Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 60
  • Product dimensions: 5.97 (w) x 8.03 (h) x 0.19 (d)

Meet the Author

ROBERT BLY, poet, translator, editor, lives on a farm near Madison, Minnesota, in the region where he was born. He has been dedicated to poetry even before his student years at Harvard. Silence in the Snowy Fields, his first book of poetry, was published in 1962. His second, The Light Around the Body, won the 1968 National Book Award for poetry. Among several translations is Time Alone: Selected Poems of Antonio Machado (Wesleyan 1983).
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Table of Contents

ELEVEN POEMS OF SOLITUDE Three Kinds of Pleasures Return to Solitude Waking from Sleep Hunting Pheasants in a Cornfield Surprised by Evening Thinking of Wallace Stevens on the First Snowy Day in December Sunset at a Lake Fall Approaching Winter Driving toward the Lac Qui Parle River Poem in Three Parts AWAKENING Unrest Awakening Poem against the Rich Poem against the British Where We Must Look for Help Remembering in Oslo the Old Picture of the Magna Carta Summer, 1960, Minnesota With Pale Women in Maryland Driving through Ohio At the Funeral of Great-aunt Mary the Ferry Across the Chesapeake Bay A Man Writes to a Part of Himself Depression Driving to Town Late to Mail a Letter Getting Up Early A Late Spring Day in My Life Love Poem
"Taking the Hands"
Afternoon Sleep Images Suggested by Medieval Music Solitude Late at Night in the Woods Watering the Horse In a Train SILENCE ON THE ROADS After Working The Clear Air of October Laziness and Silence September Night with an Old Horse Night After Drinking All Night with a Friend, We Go Out in a Boat at Dawn to See Who Can Write the Best Poem Boards Late at Night during a Visit of Friends Silence Snowfall in the Afternoon
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