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The Complete Love Poems of May Swenson [Paperback]

May Swenson

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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin; Reprint edition (30 May 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 061834084X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0618340842
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1 x 22.8 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,632,434 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Read Them in Historical Context 17 Jan 2010
By Lyric Poet - Published on Amazon.com
May doesn't need defending, but here goes. You have to read the poems in historical context to understand how brave she was to write them. She had to overcome not only fear of the public, and of the poetry industry, but of-- in those days-- the psychiatric associations, and all the internalized voices of her distant youth. This was wrong. This was bad. The self censorship was the most stringent censorship of all back then. She may not be Bishop, as a pure lyricist, but she was far braver.
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3.0 out of 5 stars weaker than i expected 29 Jan 2004
By adead_poet@hotmail.com - Published on Amazon.com
I really expected a lot out of this collection, but I found it to be rather weak as a whole. In fact, many of the poems were a stretch as to if I'd even call them love poems. "Because I Don't Know" stands out as both a great poem and a great love poem. But one of the other of the best poems "Strawberrying" is a stretch, I think, to call it a love poem, though there is some sensual imagery in it. I just thought that this collection would be better than what it is.
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