The Selected Poems of Robert Penn Warren

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
For those overwhelmed by the recent Collected Poems of Robert Penn Warren, the editor of that volume, Brandeis professor of English John Burt, has culled The Selected Poems of Robert Penn Warren. As Burt notes, while RPW was first poet laureate of the U.S. and twice the winner of the Pulitzer Prize, he, like Thomas Hardy, is still better known as a novelist, though he "thought of himself, first and last, as a poet" as, rightly, did Hardy. Burt's selection and cogent introduction bring readers into line with the poet's self-conception, presenting ample, accessible choices from Penn Warren's 60-plus years of published verse. ( Apr.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807126776
  • Publisher: Louisiana State University Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2001
  • Pages: 312
  • Sales rank: 1,017,863
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

A prodigiously diversified writer, Robert Penn Warren was the first poet laureate of the United States and twice winner of the Pulitzer Prize for poetry. He is the author of fifteen volumes of poetry and ten novels, including All the King's Men, which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. Warren was born in Guthrie, Kentucky, in 1905 and died in Stratton, Vermont, in 1989.

John Burt is the editor of The Collected Poems of Robert Penn Warren and the author of two books of poems. He is professor of English at Brandeis University, where he has taught since 1983.

LSU Press

A prodigiously diversified writer, Robert Penn Warren was the first poet laureate of the United States and twice winner of the Pulitzer Prize for poetry. He is the author of fifteen volumes of poetry and ten novels, including All the King's Men, which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. Warren was born in Guthrie, Kentucky, in 1905 and died in Stratton, Vermont, in 1989.

John Burt is the editor of The Collected Poems of Robert Penn Warren and the author of two books of poems. He is professor of English at Brandeis University, where he has taught since 1983.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
About the Texts
Acknowledgments
The Bird and Stone 1
The Concert 2
Conquest 2
Oxford City Wall 3
San Francisco Night Windows 4
The Fierce Horsemen 5
Wild Oats 5
The Mouse 6
The Moon 6
Portraits of Three Ladies 7
Alf Burt, Tenant Farmer 8
The Wrestling Match 9
The Return: An Elegy 11
Rebuke of the Rocks 13
At the Hour of the Breaking of the Rocks 14
History Among the Rocks 14
Watershed 15
The Return 16
Pondy Woods 16
Eidolon 18
History 19
Letter from a Coward to a Hero 21
Late Subterfuge 23
Ransom 23
To a Friend Parting 24
So Frost Astounds 24
Cold Colloquy 25
The Garden 25
To a Face in a Crowd 26
Bearded Oaks 29
Picnic Remembered 30
Crime 31
Original Sin: A Short Story 32
End of Season 33
Revelation 34
Pursuit 35
Love's Parable 36
Terror 38
The Ballad of Billie Potts 41
Butterflies Over the Map 52
The World Comes Galloping: A True Story 52
Small Soldiers with Drum in Large Landscape 53
The Mango on the Mango Tree 54
[Jefferson's Opening Monologue] 57
[The annus mirabilis] 60
[The Murder of John] 61
[Jefferson on the Aftermath] 64
[John's Lament] 66
[The Recognition of Complicity] 66
Sirocco 67
Gull's Cry 67
The Child Next Door 68
The Flower 69
Colder Fire 71
What Was the Promise That Smiled from the Maples at Evening? 73
Court-martial 74
School Lesson Based on Word of Tragic Death of Entire Gillum Family 77
Summer Storm (Circa 1916), and God's Grace 78
Founding Fathers, Nineteenth-Century Style, Southeast U.S.A. 80
Infant Boy at Midcentury 81
When the Century Dragged 81
Modification of Landscape 82
Brightness of Distance 83
Dragon Country: To Jacob Boehme 83
Ballad of a Sweet Dream of Peace 85
And Don't Forget Your Corset Cover, Either 85
Keepsakes 85
Go It, Granny - Go It, Hog! 86
Friends of the Family, or Bowling a Sticky Cricket 87
You Never Knew Her Either, Though You Thought You Did 87
I Guess You Ought to Know Who You Are 88
Rumor Unverified Stop Can You Confirm Stop 88
Lullaby: A Motion like Sleep 88
Apology for Domitian 91
Tiberius on Capri 92
After Night Flight Son Reaches Bedside of Already Unconscious Father, Whose Right Hand Lifts in a Spasmodic Gesture, as Though Trying to Make Contact: 1955 93
A Dead Language: Circa 1885 94
Fox-fire: 1956 94
In the Turpitude of Time: n.d 95
A Vision: Circa 1880 96
Ornithology in a World of Flux 97
Holly and Hickory 97
The Well House 97
In Moonlight, Somewhere, They Are Singing 98
Debate: Question, Quarry, Dream 99
Bear Track Plantation: Shortly after Shiloh 99
Harvard '61: Battle Fatigue 100
What Happened 103
The Mad Druggist 104
Answer Yes or No 105
The Interim 105
What Were You Thinking, Dear Mother? 109
Insomnia 109
His Smile 112
The Wart 113
The Spider 113
One Drunk Allegory 114
Multiplication Table 115
Wind 115
Does the Wild Rose? 116
What Day Is 117
Where the Slow Fig's Purple Sloth 118
Natural History 118
Riddle in the Garden 119
Paul Valery Stood on the Cliff And Confronted the Furious Energies of Nature 120
Treasure Hunt 121
Myth on Mediterranean Beach: Aphrodite as Logos 121
The Ivy 124
Where Purples Now the Fig 124
The Red Mullet 124
A Place Where Nothing Is 125
Masts at Dawn 126
The Leaf 127
Was Not the Lost Dauphin 130
The Dream He Never Knew the End Of 131
We Are Only Ourselves 137
The Sigh Whereby He Knew 137
The Sound of That Wind 139
Love and Knowledge 142
Tell Me a Story 142
The Nature of a Mirror 145
Natural History 145
Time as Hypnosis 146
Blow, West Wind 147
Interjection #1: Caveat 148
I Am Dreaming of a White Christmas: The Natural History of a Vision 149
Interjection #2: I Know a Place Where All is Real 156
Chain Saw at Dawn in Vermont In Time of Drouth 156
Small White House 158
Forever O'Clock 158
Rattlesnake Country 160
Homage to Theodore Dreiser: Psychological Profile 164
Flaubert In Egypt 165
Vision Under the October Mountain: A Love Poem 167
Stargazing 168
Little Boy and Lost Shoe 168
Composition in Gold and Red-Gold 169
There's a Grandfather's Clock in the Hall 170
Reading Late at Night, Thermometer Falling 171
Folly on Royal Street before the Raw Face of God 176
Sunset Walk in Thaw-Time in Vermont 178
Birth of Love 180
A Problem in Spatial Composition 181
A Way to Love God 183
Evening Hawk 184
Answer to Prayer 185
Paradox 186
Midnight Outcry 186
Old Nigger on One-Mule Cart Encountered Late at Night When Driving Home From Party in the Back Country 187
American Portrait: Old Style 191
Boy Wandering in Simms' Valley 194
Orphanage Boy 195
Red-Tail Hawk and Pyre of Youth 196
Youth Stares at Minoan Sunset 200
Ah, Anima! 200
Unless 201
Not Quite Like a Top 202
Waiting 203
The Mission 204
When the Tooth Cracks - Zing! 205
Love Recognized 206
How to Tell a Love Story 206
Little Black Heart of the Telephone 207
Last Laugh 208
Heat Lightning 209
Inevitable Frontier 210
Heart of the Backlog 212
Diver 213
Rather Like a Dream 214
Heart of Autumn 215
Speleology 217
When Life Begins 218
Grackles, Goodbye 219
Youthful Truth-Seeker, Half-Naked, at Night, Running down Beach South of San Francisco 220
Snowshoeing Back to Camp in Gloaming 221
Sila 223
Vision 226
Part of What Might Have Been a Short Story, Almost Forgotten 227
Cocktail Party 229
The Cross 230
Language Barrier 231
Antinomy: Time and What Happened 232
Auto-da-fe 233
Passers-By on Snowy Night 235
Chthonian Revelation: A Myth 237
Looking Northward, Aegeanward: Nestlings on Seacliff 238
Going West 239
Rumor Verified 241
Mountain Mystery 241
Vermont Ballad: Change of Season 243
Dead Horse in Field 244
The Corner of the Eye 245
What Voice at Moth-Hour 246
Another Dimension 246
English Cocker: Old and Blind 247
Have You Ever Eaten Stars? 248
Afterward 249
Fear and Trembling 250
[Little Bear Paws and Joseph's Surrender] 251
[Joseph at Grant's Funeral] 256
Three Darknesses 259
Mortal Limit 261
Immortality Over the Dakotas 261
Arizona Midnight 262
Hope 262
Explosion: Sequence and Simultaneity 263
Goodbye to Tinian 263
Take-off: Tinian Island 264
Mystic Name 265
When? 266
Iwo Jima 267
Self and Non-Self 267
Dawn 268
The Approach 268
What That Is 268
Like Lead 269
Manic Atmosphere 269
Triumphal Beauty 269
Home 270
Sleep 270
True Love 270
Last Walk of Season 271
Last Meeting 272
Muted Music 273
Why Boy Came to Lonely Place 274
Youthful Picnic Long Ago: Sad Ballad on Box 275
Last Night Train 276
Question at Cliff-Thrust 277
Index of Titles and First Lines 279
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