The Life and Poetry of Manoah Bodman: Bard of the Berkshires

The Life and Poetry of Manoah Bodman: Bard of the Berkshires

by Lewis Turco
     
 

The Life and Poetry of Manoah Bodman reconstructs the poetry of Manoah Bodman, an important early American poet whose poems have not appeared in over a century and a half. Bodman, considered "a man of great eccentricity," regularly delivered orations in New England towns during the Second Great Awakening of the late nineteenth century. He published two broadsides,

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The Life and Poetry of Manoah Bodman reconstructs the poetry of Manoah Bodman, an important early American poet whose poems have not appeared in over a century and a half. Bodman, considered "a man of great eccentricity," regularly delivered orations in New England towns during the Second Great Awakening of the late nineteenth century. He published two broadsides, two booklets, and one book, all filled with depictions of verbal communication with visions of various kinds possibly brought about by epileptic seizures. Despite his long-winded, turgid prose, Bodman's poems are curiously modern in their diction. He wrote in an ejaculatory manner not seen in America until Emily Dickinson's work was published seventy-five years later, and more idiomatic than anyone else's in America until nearly the end of the nineteenth century. Bodman's inspiration was far less literary than experiential, providing a link between the work of Edward Taylor and Walt Whitman in the chain of the Transcendentalists. Lewis Turco brings together Bodman's curiously modern poems here for the first time, while providing an understanding of his life and family.

Editorial Reviews

Booknews
After a brief biographical sketch of American Puritan poet Bodman (1765-1850), this volume presents 31 poems as the editor believes them to have been originally written. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761813248
Publisher:
UPA
Publication date:
02/24/1999
Pages:
114
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Lewis Turco is a poet and Professor of English Emeritus at SUNY College at 'swego.

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