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Above the River : The Complete Poems

Above the River : The Complete Poems - 90 edition

ISBN13: 978-0374522827

Cover of Above the River : The Complete Poems 90 (ISBN 978-0374522827)
ISBN13: 978-0374522827
ISBN10: 0374522820
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 90
Publisher: Noonday
Published: 1990
International: No

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Above the River : The Complete Poems - 90 edition

ISBN13: 978-0374522827

James Wright

ISBN13: 978-0374522827
ISBN10: 0374522820
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 90
Publisher: Noonday

Published: 1990
International: No
Summary

Wright (1927-1980) has enjoyed a widespread influence on American poets; this collection of his life's work eloquently shows why. Born to a working-class family in Ohio, Wright was educated at Kenyon College, and though he traveled to Europe and lived in New York City, in his poetry he returned in an often elegiac mode to his industrially marred but still suggestive native Midwestern landscape. Writing with a "lonely wisdom" of life's fragility, Wright has few peers; his regrets over the limits of mortality, love and language are tempered, with utmost tenderness, by a sympathetic willingness to experience and endure. In purity of image, rhythm and solitariness of tone, Wright reflects the work of his admired Theodore Roethke and Edgar Arlington Robinson, as well as that of Robert Frost, but the aura of delicately wistful dreaming evoked in matchless free verse is his alone. In this collection, readers can handily compare Wright's early formal poems with his later, more fluid style; sandwiched in are his translations of work by Cesar Vallejo, Pablo Neruda and others.

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