The Collected Poems And Selected Prose

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The first collection of Stanley Burnshaw's poetry, plus a broad overview of his prose writing.
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The first collection of Stanley Burnshaw's poetry, plus a broad overview of his prose writing.
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Morris Dickstein
Stanley Burnshaw has played an active role on the literary scene since the late 1920s in many capacities--poet, critic, editor-publisher, fiction writer, memoirist, translator, anthologist, and theorist of poetry and translation. Besides collecting most of his poems for the first time, something which has long been overdue, this book gives a broad overview of his prose writing, including the whole last section of his biography/memoir of Robert Frost; a key chapter from his classic work of poetic theory, The Seamless Web; the definitive last word on his controversy with Wallace Stevens; and the whole text of his superb memoir/novella, My Friend, My Father. These are pieces that will never go out of fashion.
As a poet, Burnshaw is a meticulous craftsman with a fine ear and a considerable lyric gift. The first section, Early and Late Testament, is not his strongest, but there are many fine poems here. Caged in an Animal's Mind (1963) and In the Terrified Radiance (1972) show Burnshaw at the peak of his powers as a poet, breaking through to an essential clarity and simplicity, as do some of the last poems. Burnshaw, now in his nineties, has made numerous small revisions in poems all through the book, and every single one of them is an improvement, [which] shows what a conscious craftsman and creative student of verse he remains.
In sum, this book not only fills out the historical record of an important and enduring literary career, but also offers a wonderful range of good reading in both prose and poetry--in short, a living body of work.
Morris Dickstein, Distinguished Professor of English and Senior Fellow, Center for the Humanities, Graduate Center of the City University of New York
Morris Dickstein
Stanley Burnshaw has played an active role on the literary scene since the late 1920s in many capacities—poet, critic, editor-publisher, fiction writer, memoirist, translator, anthologist, and theorist of poetry and translation. Besides collecting most of his poems for the first time, something which has long been overdue, this book gives a broad overview of his prose writing, including the whole last section of his biography/memoir of Robert Frost; a key chapter from his classic work of poetic theory, The Seamless Web; the definitive last word on his controversy with Wallace Stevens; and the whole text of his superb memoir/novella, My Friend, My Father. These are pieces that will never go out of fashion.
As a poet, Burnshaw is a meticulous craftsman with a fine ear and a considerable lyric gift. The first section, Early and Late Testament, is not his strongest, but there are many fine poems here. Caged in an Animal’s Mind (1963) and In the Terrified Radiance (1972) show Burnshaw at the peak of his powers as a poet, breaking through to an essential clarity and simplicity, as do some of the last poems. Burnshaw, now in his nineties, has made numerous small revisions in poems all through the book, and every single one of them is an improvement, [which] shows what a conscious craftsman and creative student of verse he remains.
In sum, this book not only fills out the historical record of an important and enduring literary career, but also offers a wonderful range of good reading in both prose and poetry—in short, a living body of work.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780292726512
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press
  • Publication date: 8/1/2002
  • Pages: 504
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Early and Late Testament (1952)
Early and Late Testament
(Preamble)
Time of Brightness
(First Testament)
Bread
(Second Testament)
The Iron Lands
Do I Know Their Names?
For a Workers' Road-Song
All Day the Chill . . .
Will You Remake These Worlds?
(Third Testament)
A Coil of Glass (I)
Anchorage in Time (I)
(Fourth Testament)
This War Is Love
A Coil of Glass (II)
Hero Statues
(Fifth Testament)
Dialogue of the Heartbeat
The Bridge
Heartbeat Obbligato
End of the Flower-World
(Sixth Testament)
Looking for Papa
Among Trees of Light
Coasts of Darkness
In Strength of Singleness
(Seventh Testament)
Blood
It Was Never This Quiet . . .
When Was It Lost?
Woodpecker
Voices in Dearness . . .
Song Aspires to Silence
Anchorage in Time (II)
(Eighth Testament)
Two Men Fell in the Irish Sea
Poetry: The Art
Odes and Lyrics
To a Young Girl Sleeping
Innocence
Wave
Event in a Field
The Fear
Light Outlives All Shape
Midnight: Deserted Pavements
Random Pieces of a Man
Waiting in Winter
Outcast of the Waters
Restful Ground
Days
Driving Song
Willowy Wind
The Hollow River
Second-Hand Poems
Anonymous Alba: En un vergier soiz folha d'albespi
Orléans: Le temps a laissié . . .
Spire: Nudités
Spire: Ce n'est pas toi . . .
Spire: Nativité
Spire: Un parfum éternel . . .
Spire: Baisers
Spire: Friselis
Spire: Volupté
Caged in an Animal's Mind (1963)
Thoughts about a Garden
Historical Song of Then and Now
Summer
Ravel and Bind
Caged in an Animal's Mind
Ancient of Nights
Symbol Curse
The Valley Between
Thoughts about a Garden
Petitioner Dogs
Father-Stones
Night of the Canyon Sun
A Recurring Vision
Midnight Wind to the Tossed
The Axe of Eden
Listen:
Random Pieces of a Man
Thoughts of the War and My Daughter
A River
Surface
Preparation for Self-Portrait in Black Stone
Mornings of St. Croix
Boy over a Stream
Letter from One Who Could Not Cross the Frontier
Voyage: Journal Entry
Nightmare in a Workshop
Seven
Clay
A Rose Song
Guide's Speech on a Road near Delphi
Song of Nothings: In the Mountain's Shadow at Delphi
I Think among Blank Walls
Seedling Air
Three in Throes
Modes of Belief
House in St. Petersburg
Time Is a Double Line
Second-Hand Poems
Akhmatova: The Muse
George: Denk nicht zu viel . . .
Éluard: L'Amoureuse
Von Hofmannsthal: Eigene Sprache
Alberti: El ángel bueno
In the Terrified Radiance (1972)
The Terrified Radiance
The Terrified Radiance
To a Crow
Innocent War
Gulls . . .
Central Park: Midwinter
The Finding Light
Erstwhile Hunter
Their Singing River (I)
Not to Bereave . . .
Underbreathing Song
Emptiness . . .
Procreations
Women and Men
Movie Poster on a Subway Wall
End of a Visit
The Echoing Shape
Summer Morning Train to the City
Women and Men
Terah
Isaac
Talmudist
What Plato Was
Song of Succession
En l'an . . .
Dialogue of the Stone Other
In the Coastal Cities
Will of Choice
Chanson Innocente
The Rock
Condor Festival
Three Friends
We Brought You Away As Before . . .
Friend across the Ocean
Wildness
The Hero of Silence
I. Dedication: An Eternity of Words
II. Master and Pupils
III. Soliloquy from a Window: Man and Flowers
IV. Dialogue before Waking
V. Fume
VI. Into the Blond Torrent
VII. The Waking
Second-Hand Poems
Paz: Más allá del amor
Spire: Retour des Martinets
Alberti: Canción del ángel sin suerte
Alberti: El ángel mentiroso
Verhaeren: La Bêche
Akhmatova: from "The White Flock"
Unamuno: Me destierro . . .
Mirages: Travel Notes in the Promised Land (1977)
I. First Landscape
II. Generations of Terror
III. Blind Tale
IV. Seventh-day Mirage
V. The Rock
VI. Talmudist
VII. Marching Song
VIII. Choices
Later Poems (1977- )
Message to Someone Four Hundred Nights Away
The House Hollow
Argon
Florida Seaside
Old Enough at Last to Be Unsolemn
Mind, If You Mourn at All
To Wake Each Dawn
Their Singing River (II)
Speech, the Thinking-Miracle
Man on a Greensward
Social Poems of the Depression (from The New Masses and The Iron Land [1936])
The Crane-Driver
Street Song: New Style
I, Jim Rogers
Mr. Tubbe's Morning Service
Notes on the Poems
Selected Prose
My Friend, My Father
Stevens' "Mr. Burnshaw and the Statue"
The Poem Itself: "Discussing Poems into English"
Thomas Mann Translates "Tonio Kröger"
A Future for Poetry: Planetary Maturity
The Seamless Web
Toward the "Knowable" Frost
Index of Poem Titles and First Lines
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