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Heart's Needle Paperback – October 12, 1983

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 62 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf; 1st pbk. ed edition (October 12, 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0394722205
  • ISBN-13: 978-0394722207
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.1 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,987,196 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Snodgrass is considered the grand-daddy of "confessional poets" who would follow him: Lowell and Plath in particular. One can see this in "Heart's Needle," the rampant appeal toward subjective experience, the filter of the self being the arbiter of all values. If the reader is used to the searing verse of Lowell or Plath, than Snodgrass' poetry can seem a bit more tame and disappointing. He takes on more quotidian themes, which one would expect from a college professor, like the girls in his class slipping beyond his erotic reach. Compared to Plath's searing, existential dilemmas, this is tame stuff. Yet Heart's Needle is an interesting read. A new chapter was turned on the page of American poetry, and here is one of its markers.
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By A Customer on November 14, 2001
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One of my favorite books of poetry. Snodgrass' poems about his daughter are beautiful and heartbreaking.
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By A Customer on May 31, 2001
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It's true that Heart's Needle is out of print, but it can still be found in Snodgrass's Selected Poems: 1957-1987.
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