At the Barriers: On the Poetry of Thom Gunn

At the Barriers: On the Poetry of Thom Gunn

by Joshua Weiner (Editor)


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780226890449
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 07/15/2009
Pages: 344
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Joshua Weiner is associate professor of English at the University of Maryland, College Park, and the author of two books of poetry, The World's Room and From the Book of Giants, both  published by the University of Chicago Press. He lives in Washington,  D.C.


Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi

List of Abbreviations xiii

Introduction Joshua Weiner 1

Part I In England

All That You Praise I Take: A Glimpse of the Young Thom Gunn Eavan Boland 11

Young Gunn: Coming Out Fighting Neil Powell 19

Existentialism and Homosexuality in Gunn's Early Poetry Alfred Corn 35

Gunn, Shakespeare, and the Elizabethans Clive Wilmer 45

Part II Across the Water

Thom Gunn: The Plain Style and the City August Kleinzahler 71

Thom Gunn and Anglo-American Modernism Keith Tuma 85

From Ladd's Hill to Land's End (and Back Again): Narrative, Rhythm, and the Transatlantic Occasions of "Misanthropos" Joshua Weiner 105

Two Versions of "Meat" Thom Gunn 127

Gunn's "Meat": Notations on Craft Joshua Weiner 129

Part III In America

Summation and Chthonic Power John Peck 135

Our Dionysian Experiment: Three Theses on the Poetry of Thom Gunn Brian Teare 181

Part IV Of The World

Thom Gunn's New Jerusalem Tom Sleigh 241

Domains of Ecstasy David Gewanter 257

Considering "Considering the Snail" Paul Muldoon 269

Thom Gunn's "Duncan" Wendy Lesser 277

Coda: Thom Gunn, Inside and Outside Robert Pinsky 287

Notes 293

List of Contributors 319

Index of Names 323

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