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Collected Poems of John Ciardi (P) Paperback – April 1, 1997

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From Library Journal

Ciardi, the winner of many awards and honors and a highly esteemed translator of Dante, was one of America's premier modern poets of the latter half of this century. This volume supersedes the earlier Selected Poems (1984), providing a vastly more comprehensive sampling of Ciardi's work: 450 poems culled from over 20 individual volumes published between 1940 and 1993. In it we find testimony to Ciardi's desire to achieve not "a voice," a style formed to forward an author's individuality, but "voice"?one that is determined by the externals the poet addresses. If there is "a voice" present in Ciardi's work, it does not appear in any single poem but in what he calls the "total poem of all the others put together...his personality." Highly recommended for all libraries.?Thomas F. Merrill, Univ. of Delaware, Newark
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In his introduction, editor Edward Cifelli tells readers to "expect extraordinary range," an understatement Ciardi himself would greatly have appreciated. The collection contains 450 poems, selected from 20 books, beginning with Homeward to America, published in 1940 when Ciardi was all of 24 years old, to the last book published during his lifetime, The Birds of Pompeii (1985), on through three posthumously published volumes; each and every poem testifies to the vitality of Ciardi's literary gifts. A teacher at Harvard and Rutgers, renowned translator of Dante, and poetry editor for the Saturday Review from 1956 through 1972, Ciardi lived, breathed, and no doubt dreamed language. He also possessed a taxonomic eye and the sort of fluid concentration required for transforming observation and experience into philosophy and art. And Ciardi was in it for the long haul, writing about everything from war to birdsong, love, and death with grace, wit, irony, and unceasing tenderness. Donna Seaman --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 618 pages
  • Publisher: University of Arkansas Press (April 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1557284490
  • ISBN-13: 978-1557284495
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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By J. M. Ewing on May 27, 2014
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Ciardi remains one of the more underrated American poets in the 20th century since he rarely appears in college-level anthologies and is best known for his translation of Dante's Inferno. His war poems, written in his early twenties, include such gems as "Death of a Bomber" where he demonstrates his promise as one of the country's leading formalists yet sacrifices none of the incident's emotional drama as the flaming aircraft descends and the crew attempts to escape. Throughout the later poems, Ciardi rarely submits to the ease of free verse. Like many formalists, however, his love of language occasionally overrides the need for clear communication and at times, much like his Welsh contemporary Dylan Thomas, the reader must simply go with the flow and admire the skill rather than demand clarity. For anyone interested in the evolution of well-crafted American poetry, Ciardi's Collected Poems is a library essential.
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Ciardi's poems are just amazing. What a pleasure it is to have this volume. What does six more words mean. Who is in charge of this evaluation.
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Entire collection! Much appreciated
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