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Collected Poems 1937-1971 Paperback – 19 Aug 1991

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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Faber and Faber; New Ed edition (19 Aug. 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571163947
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571163946
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 3.3 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,319,245 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John Berryman (1914-72) was born John Smith in McAlester, Oklahoma, and educated at Colombia College and Cambridge University. He later held posts at Harvard and Princeton, before taking up a professorship at the University of Minnesota.He won the Pulitzer Prize in 1965 for 77 Dream Songs, and he continued to build upon this series of poems, publishing the end result, The Dream Songs, in 1969. His Collected Poems was published after his death in 1991.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 20 Aug. 2002
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Since his suicide the poetry of John Berryman has reached a much wider readership here in Europe, and with good reason. Much of the first half of his Collected Poems contains poetry that is so rich in language and beauty that one is shocked that one has never heard or read any of his work before. His "Homage to Mistress Broadstreet" remains one of the best long poems of the post-war era and revals Berryman as a master of style and syntax, almost equal to that of his immediate contemporary Robert Lowell.
His later more confessional poems ring with honesty and desperation and, quite often, a hard sarcastic humour, revealing a man well aware of not only his talent and abilities but also his flaws. This book is a must for anyone interested in modern American poetry.
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Beautiful loser poems 22 Feb. 2014
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It's Berryman. His tilt-a-whirl cadences are like no one elses. And if you don't find his Henry persona compelling, there's something serously wrong with you.
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