The Collected Poems of Theodore Roethke

The Collected Poems of Theodore Roethke This paperback edition contains the complete text of Roethke s seven published volumes plus sixteen previously uncollected poems Included are his Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winners The Wal

  • Title: The Collected Poems of Theodore Roethke
  • Author: Theodore Roethke
  • ISBN: 9780295959733
  • Page: 270
  • Format: Hardcover
  • This paperback edition contains the complete text of Roethke s seven published volumes plus sixteen previously uncollected poems Included are his Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winners The Walking, Words for the Wind, and The Far Field.

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    1. There a several poems by Roethke that I quite like. Once in a while I think he is brilliant. But I've decided I can't read collections of his work. There is too much I don't care for, and too much repetition -- primarily repetition of a mood of self-absorption that gets old fast. Lust, guilt, poor you, whatever. Maybe if you tried actually talking to a woman instead of talking about their bodies and animality and desirability you'd have more luck. Even the poems about his wife (he married in mid [...]

    2. Roethke's historical significance rests both on his established place in the American canon and on his influence over a subsequent generation of award-winning poets that includes Robert Bly, James Dickey, Carolyn Kizer, Sylvia Plath, Anne Sexton, William Stafford, David Wagoner, and James Wright. The other difference between Roethke and other poets of his time is his technique. Roethke is never obscure; he always writes in fresh language, avoiding cliches, although his symbols are indeed persona [...]

    3. Book #1: Open House (1941) In "Prognosis" Roethke uses these lines to show the impact of parents: Though the devouring mother cry, "Escape me? Never---" And the honeymoon be spoiled by a father's ghost, Again in "The Premonition" he speaks of his father: But when he stood up, that face Was lost in a maze of water. And here is his famous poem about a bat: The Bat By day the bat is cousin to the mouse.He likes the attic of an aging house.His fingers make a hat about his head.His pulse beat is so s [...]

    4. James Dickey called him our best American poet, and he was the teacher of who I consider our best American poet (or one of them), Jack Gilbert.It'd be hard to find fault with Roethke, then, though I struggled a bit with the first quarter of this collection (I'm not a fine of outright rhyming sonance). The rest of his stuff is great, subdued and often weird, not to the point of strangulated cacophony but a drifting sense of unease.

    5. I need to find out what poems I read in Premier Book of Major Poets: An Anthology that made me want this book so bad, because it was so tedious and disappointing. Maybe I'm not sophisticated enough to get it, but this guy rambles about leaves almost as much as Walt Whitman. Maybe that's not my genre. I think I need more structure. Like if you're going to talk about a river, finish the thought. If you're going to talk about love, don't cut yourself off mid-way to start talking about dirt on a roc [...]

    6. A wordless silence between words. An underrated poet in my mind, wouldn't doubt that he'd all but been forgotten had he been any less than brilliantly innovative. You want deep image? His stick runs deep. The river is wide. The way home for Roethke is back through the womb, back into blood. Additionally, if you've read My Papa's Waltz only, you have no idea, alright?

    7. One of my "desert island" books. I once had three copies because I kept loaning it out to friends who took too long to return it. The whole book is wonderful, but the poems from "The Lost Son" collection are my favorites.

    8. I suppose the time is right to admit that I had a secret, blazing love affair with Theodore Roethke when I was a student.He showed me bird's tongue orchids, gave dreams of death, and taught me the inexorable sadness of pencils.Theo's been dead since 1963, and my lit profs will be of too advanced an age to be much bothered by my admission.After all these years, his voice jars me like the shattering of a clay flower pot.Our worst moment was when I discovered the phonetic spelling of his surname. I [...]

    9. Some of it is mind-boggling--those swampy and phlegmy poems. Then there's crap like the much-anthologized "My Papa's Waltz." I'm glad to have rediscovered him--what's good here is unlike anything else, puts me in touch with something long-forgotten.

    10. My favorite poet, hands down. His way with words is stunning. Personal favorite poems include Reply to a Lady Editor, Elegy for Jane, My Papa’s Waltz, The Geranium and The Saginaw Song. I'm obsessed.

    11. For me, it's all about the "North American Sequence" and the last book, The Far Field. Screw "My Papa's Waltz." ;)

    12. Like any great poet, Roethke gives words to experiences you forgot you ever had. Wonderful collection. Just the poem `What Can I Tell My Bones' can be mind altering.

    13. One of my new favorite poet.The Waking poem started all this for me I'm glad I found and bought a copy.I had loads of fun reading this I really enjoyed it!

    14. I love Roethke, and I love poems in classical forms, but a book of them is overwhelming. Read only a few at a time to really appreciate them.

    15. Roethke is a poet of small things: again and again he tells us that it's in the tiny particulars that life is real and earnest. He's also enormously if bemusedly benevolent: nothing seems to make sense, but it all, mystically, will-- probably. I like this guy a lot, and he improves with closer acquaintance. Very much recommended!

    16. Roethke grasps the tension between inner and outer worlds and translates it through powerful metaphors and an impeccable rythm which turns them almost palpable.

    17. A wonderful collection of Roethke's beautiful poetry. Some of his poems are funny, some are serious, all are worth reading. Some of his poems about nature are exquisite.

    18. I was so surprised at how much I enjoyed Roethke. I picked up the book at a used store, and then picked it up again on a whim from my bookshelf of poems, and I sunk into his work over the course of a long March. Spring slowly crept up from the frozen ground, and Roethke's brilliant treatment of season and nature accompanied the process unexpectedly well. I will forever respect and admire his work.The poet writes almost completely in metered verse, which lends a unique structure to his poems. I f [...]

    19. I almost love this book too much to write a review of it. I keep thinking my time might be better spent reading it again. I can sway to Roethke's poems as if they were songs - as if they were meant to be danced to. It's not so much in the meter of his writing, but more in the words that he chooses to convey movement, breathing, laughing, feeling. From The Waking:We think by feeling. What is there to know?I hear my being dance from ear to ear.I wake to sleep, and take my waking slowd this, From T [...]

    20. First off I have to say this is a terrible edition, I mean physically. The print is smeary and minuscule. There are no "supplemental" materials that one might expect of a "collected works" -- no biography, no introduction, no critical essays. Also I'm confused why some of the works are preceded by the title of the book, and other works are preceded with "from", which implies to me the entire book is not presented. Perhaps he repeated poems in various editions? I don't know.I do enjoy/appreciate [...]

    21. so far i have read "open house" and "the lost son and other poems". i really hate how publishers don't publish individual books of poems the way the author originally published them. imagine never being able to buy "nevermind" by nirvana, but only being able to buy their greatest hits, or their complete works. pretty ridiculous if you ask me. anyway i like "open house" the most out of the two. you can see what made roathke such a special american poet, his best tendencies are on full diplay in h [...]

    22. I first came across Roethke's name while reading the Dune books--apparently Frank Herbert was a fan of this once better known poet. Reading his work I can see why; Roethke definitely has a mystical bent. What I like about his poetry: heavy reference toward nature, and beautiful rhythm. There were lines that felt like they had no syntax, yet still pleased the ear. You can tell this man delighted in words, and the power of their sound. What I liked less: A little bit too much repetition. I know th [...]

    23. I love Roethke's earlier naturalistic work. It took me a while to get into, but I think The Open House is some of his best material. He's also got these really fantastic observational lines in his later work that are more about social dynamics and growth, in a way that feels almost like he's applying the same kind of lens to human behavior: "so much of adolescence is an ill-defined dying / an intolerable waiting."Some of the smaller nature poems blurred together for me but that probably has some [...]

    24. In elementary school, I bought a seven inch record of scary stories and poem, and one of the poems was The Bat by Roethke, although I didn't know his name at the time. I memorized the poem and would recite it with little provocation. When the internet came along, I Googled it and discovered who the author was. Recently I discovered that the Kurt Elling song The Waking, which I've always liked, was also based on a Roethke poem. So I had to read this. I discovered that a third poem which I rememb [...]

    25. I was familiar with only few of Theodore Roethke's poems, "The Waking," and "My Papa's Waltz." After reading his collected works, some two hundred poems, I am impressed with his body of work. I know that the late Jim Harrison, a great poet himself, thought much of Roethke. Maybe because they shared a love of the natural world.It took me a long while to finish this collection because I wanted to savor these poems. I was also taken by the maturity in skill from reading his first collection, publis [...]

    26. Roethke has a unique voice and one that swings between the beautiful and subtle to the abstract. But, through it all, his play with words and form does a great job of capturing his world in verse. Roethke spent a lot of time in his garden, and his love of cultivated nature comes through in his poems. I think the best thing about his work is that it is both immediate in its vision yet removed enough to allow some of the world's mysteries to trickle through.

    27. The poem "Elegy for Jane" is absolutely immortal and deserve to be in every anthology of English verse (along with Dylan Thomas's "Do not go gentle" and Archibald Macleish's "Ars Poetica). This collection is stuffed with poems that are a pleasure to read and that don't become tiresome after many visits.

    28. There are several poems by Roethke that I quite enjoyed. When I first started reading it, I was expecting a lot of poems to be like the papa's waltz I was kind of surprised by the variety and the different kinds of poetry in this collection that I never would have associated with Roethke. It was a pleasant (and sometimes unpleasant) surprise.

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