A. R. Ammons: Selected Poems

A R Ammons Selected Poems Meditative comic emotionally wrenching steeped in both the natural world and the life of the mind the poetry of A R Ammons is at once cosmic in scope and intimate in its moment to moment transform

  • Title: A. R. Ammons: Selected Poems
  • Author: A.R. Ammons David Lehman
  • ISBN: 9781931082938
  • Page: 445
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Meditative, comic, emotionally wrenching, steeped in both the natural world and the life of the mind, the poetry of A R Ammons is at once cosmic in scope and intimate in its moment to moment transformations With his mastery of description and cadence, his roiling wit and fearless gaze, Ammons was a philosopher of the everyday who found surprise everywhere he looked HeMeditative, comic, emotionally wrenching, steeped in both the natural world and the life of the mind, the poetry of A R Ammons is at once cosmic in scope and intimate in its moment to moment transformations With his mastery of description and cadence, his roiling wit and fearless gaze, Ammons was a philosopher of the everyday who found surprise everywhere he looked He is often witty, sometimes bawdy, writes editor David Lehman, on a perpetual quest to find forms capacious enough for an imagination intent on finding a place for everything A compound, in editor David Lehman s words, of wisdom, pathos, humor, mortal longing, and intimations of immortality, the work of A R Ammons is like nothing else in modern American poetry Ammons s tireless formal invention and restless curiosity about every aspect of nature and of the mind are embodied in poetry that is effortlessly accessible and generous in its impulses Whether spreading out in the long forms of Tape for the Turn of the Year or Garbage, or honing his perceptions down to the extreme brevity of his shorter lyrics, he holds tight to his vision of the way all day life itself is bending, weaving, changing, adapting, failing, succeeding This new selection covering the whole range of Ammons s career offers a superb introduction to the pleasures and surprises of his work His uncanny ability to balance wide ranging abstract speculation with meticulous observation of natural phenomena, in poetry that encompasses moods of tragic pathos, low comedy, and seemingly casual profundity marks him as one of the preeminent figures in our recent literature

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    1. A.R. Ammons' poems give off an air of transcendence through his observation of nature. A scientist, he posses a keen eye for things easily missed, while still finding and interpreting, as a spiritual man also, the inaudible expressions of the Artist through creation in a manner reminiscent of Thoreau and Whitman. His tone is more composed than I prefer, but colloquial, sincere (lacking any sarcasm), and strangely uplifting even in depicting garbage. Besides "Cason's Inlet," my favorites containe [...]

    2. I read this collection on the basis of a poem I read upon open the book to a random pageI saidMr. Schaferdid you get up to see the comet:and he saidOh nolet it go by, I don't care: - Dominion (pg. 43)This poem contains the humour of a poet who once referred to himself as a "drab pot" ("top bard" backwards). Otherwise, the poem is less remarkable in the collection, belonging to the free form poems that seem to get lost among the lengthier poems that are more formally inclined - most notably, the [...]

    3. This collection receives a four star rating from me only because of the poem "Easter Morning" which is one of the most beautiful and insightful poems I have ever encountered. This is not to say I didn't enjoy the rest, in fact, I love Ammons style and the way he uses enjambment throughout his work. I suppose its because I read Easter Morning first, and then came to this work. While I enjoy nature, what got to me about Easter Morning, the utter humanity of it, was just not present in a lot of his [...]

    4. After reading this collection I will have to say I like Ammons' shorter poems best. This collection has more medium to long poems, some of which are also excellent, but his short poems are the best.

    5. I've now done presentations on Ammons in two different classes and I just love his work more and more. I definitely recommend this collection!

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