Collected Early Poems, 1950-1970

Collected Early Poems From their first publication when Rich was twenty one in the prestigious Yale Younger Poets series the successive volumes of her poetry have both charted the growth of her own mind and vision and m

  • Title: Collected Early Poems, 1950-1970
  • Author: Adrienne Rich
  • ISBN: 9780393313857
  • Page: 376
  • Format: Paperback
  • From their first publication, when Rich was twenty one, in the prestigious Yale Younger Poets series, the successive volumes of her poetry have both charted the growth of her own mind and vision and mirrored our tempestuous, unsettled age Her unmistakable voice, speaking even from the earliest poems with rare assurance and precision, wrestles with urgent questions while nFrom their first publication, when Rich was twenty one, in the prestigious Yale Younger Poets series, the successive volumes of her poetry have both charted the growth of her own mind and vision and mirrored our tempestuous, unsettled age Her unmistakable voice, speaking even from the earliest poems with rare assurance and precision, wrestles with urgent questions while never failing to explore new poetic territory.In Collected Early Poems, readers will once again bear witness to Rich s triumphant assertion of the centrality of poetry in our intertwined personal and political lives.

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    1. Reading "early" collections of poems allows you to see the development of the young poet towards the more mature (sometimes). This collection of Adrienne Rich's does that in a compelling fashion--good, solid, academic-based poems turning toward the freer, more uniquely voiced. From 1969 ("Night in the Kitchen"): "You will become a black lace cliff fronting a deadpan sea;/ nerves, friable as lightning/ ending in burnt pine forests".

    2. "A life I didn’t choosechose me: evenmy tools are the wrong onesfor what I have to do."Reading this book is a great journey into Rich's voice. Watching as she moves from the poetry she was taught that she ought to write into the poetry that she had to write.

    3. There are some amazing poems in this collection. I like that she writes about a variety of subjects and is capable of expressing herself in very short verses or longer poems.

    4. Sometimes a little self-impressed, but structurally magnificent poems. Rich earned her stripes, no question. "I will see you new again, entire/ the way we look upon the things we lose."

    5. I am gonna hug this and kiss it and squeeze it and call it George. And possibly sleep with it under my pillow. I think I will shelve it right next to First Cities.

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