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Inventions of Farewell: A Book of Elegies Hardcover – April 17, 2001

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Co-author of The Madwoman in the Attic: The Woman Writer and the 19th-Century Literary Imagination and author of the recent Kissing the Bread: New and Selected Poems 1969-1999, Sandra M. Gilbert has here assembled Inventions of Farewell: A Collection of Elegies. She divides the poems among sections entitled "Watching: Visions of the Dying and the Dead," "`In the Chill of the Body': Viewing the Dead," "`How To Perform Funeral': Ceremonies of Separation" and "Grieving: Lamentation for the Dead," among others, and includes a section of "`Laments for the Makers': Poets Mourning Other Poets": Johnson on Shakespeare, Bishop on Lowell, Sexton on Plath, Hayden on Dunbar, Crane on Melville, and others.

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It seems astonishing that an anthology of elegies like Gilbert's did not already exist. Here are all the great, sonorous lines one might have expected: "How do you like your blue-eyed boy Mister Death" and "Rage, rage against the dying of the light" and "I am the grass, I cover all." Here are Milton's "Lycidas" and Shelley's "Adonais," Donne's "Death, be not proud," John Crowe Ransom's "Elegy for Jane, my student thrown from a horse," and A. E. Housman's "With Rue My Heart Is Laden." If this book gathered only all those together with Shakespeare's sonnets and Dickinson's lyrics, it would have been enough. But Gilbert, who herself was widowed young, gathers such contemporary work as searing selections from Without, Donald Hall's book-length elegy for his wife, poet Jane Kenyon; Ruth Stone's hallucinatory yet ordinary memories; and Tess Gallagher's devouring grief for Raymond Carver: "oh-me-of-the-last-of-his-lastness." Like poems of love, elegies articulate universal experience and, so doing, speak to a large readership, which this collection certainly deserves. Patricia Monaghan
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  • Item Weight : 1.64 pounds
  • Hardcover : 288 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0393049728
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0393049725
  • Product Dimensions : 6 x 1.5 x 8.6 inches
  • Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company; 1st Edition (April 17, 2001)
  • Language: : English
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