By John Berryman
A wild, masterful Pulitzer Prize-winning cycle of poems that part a century later nonetheless shocks and astounds
John Berryman used to be rarely unknown whilst he released 77 Dream Songs, however the quantity was once, however, a surprise and a revelation. A "spooky" assortment within the phrases of Robert Lowell-"a maddening paintings of genius."
As Henri Cole notes in his stylish, perceptive advent, Berryman had came across "a looser variety that combined low and high dictions with a wierd syntax." Berryman had additionally came across his such a lot enduring modify ego, a paranoid, passionate, depressed, under the influence of alcohol, irrepressible antihero named Henry or, occasionally, Mr. Bones: "We contact at yes points," Berryman claimed, of Henry, "But i'm a precise human being."
Henry will not be actual, yet he comes alive at the web page. And whereas the main well-known of the Dream Songs starts, "Life, neighbors, is boring," those poems by no means are. Henry lusts: seeing a lady "Filling her compact & scrumptious physique / with poultry páprika" he can slightly restrain himself: "only the actual fact of her husband & 4 folks / stored me from springing on her." Henry despairs: "All the area like a woolen lover / as soon as did appear on Henry's part. / Then got here a departure." Henry, scared of his personal violent urges, consoles himself: "Nobody is ever missing."
77 Dream Songs received the Pulitzer Prize in 1965, yet Berryman's formal and emotional innovations-he cracks the language open, creates a brand new idiom within which to specific everlasting feelings-remain as alive and rapid this day as ever.
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77 Dream Songs: Poems (FSG Classics) by John Berryman