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Father of Forms: Merrill, Auden, and a Fable of Influence

Aidan Wasley

in The Age of Auden: Postwar Poetry and the American Scene

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691136790
eISBN:
9781400836352
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691136790.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter discusses Auden's influence on James Merrill. It suggests that Merrill looked to Auden as the guide who could instruct him and encourage him to enjoy the feast of the full range of ... More


The Age of Auden: Postwar Poetry and the American Scene

Aidan Wasley

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691136790
eISBN:
9781400836352
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691136790.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

W. H. Auden's emigration from England to the United States in 1939 marked more than a turning point in his own life and work—it changed the course of American poetry itself. This book takes, for the ... More


A Collected Unconscious: James Merrill’s Dictionaries

Andrew Blades

in Poetry & the Dictionary

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9781789620566
eISBN:
9781789629989
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781789620566.003.0010
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

In The Changing Light at Sandover (1982), James Merrill sketches a tableau of his study, singling out his hardbound set of the Oxford English Dictionary. Indeed, dictionaries were never far from his ... More


It’s All by Someone Else

Robert Polito

in The Voice as Something More: Essays toward Materiality

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9780226656397
eISBN:
9780226656427
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226656427.003.0006
Subject:
Music, Performing Practice/Studies

This chapter takes on the trope of the poet’s voice, via James Merrill’s monumental poem The Changing Light at Sandover, which incorporates large swaths of voices from beyond the grave, dictated to ... More


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