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Selected Poems 1947-1995 av Allen Ginsberg
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Selected Poems 1947-1995 (utgåvan 1996)

av Allen Ginsberg

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Allen Ginsberg, one of America's most distinguished living poets, turned 70 this year. Selected Poems 1947-1995 commemorates his brilliant career and honors a landmark birthday. Ginsberg personally chose the selections for this handy volume and has written a retrospective Apologia that places the poems from each decade in their historical and literary context. Here are well-known masterpieces such as the lyric "Howl" and the narrative "Kaddish"--Classic works of American literature - as well as more recent gems, the long dream poem "White Shroud," the visionary "After Lalon," and the political rock lyric "The Ballad of the Skeletons." The pieces included in Selected Poems 1947-1995, which span five decades of work, document Ginsberg's spiritual path during a life devoted to exploring the creative possibilities of the conscious mind. Ginsberg's verse is always raw-toned, often whimsical, in both style and content, and displays elegant technical variety from singable exact lyrics to Sapphics to Skeltonics to twelve-bar blues to projective open-form verse and "spontaneous bop prosody." Ginsberg takes readers on a tour of his intelligence as a poet, from the transcendent-themed early poems such as "Magic Psalm" (1960) and "T.V. Baby" fragments (1961), to the poetic realism of the later 1960s with which he confronted and challenged a nation at war, to the integration of song (rags, ballads, and blues) into his poetic repertoire in the early 1970s. Many long poems - including "The Fall of America" and "Iron Horse" - have been edited to reveal exquisite passages hitherto unnoticed by many readers. Ginsberg's immersion in Eastern thought and his hands-on practice of Tibetan Buddhism is reflected in poems throughout this collection. In contrast, readers will delight in highlights of his erotic narrative "Contest of Bards" (1977), at once baroque and idiosyncratic, which was inspired in great part by a marathon reading of William Blake's complete poetry. His most recent work expands on classic meditation experience, recording the recognition of rich daydream activity as conscious poetic thought. In addition to the rich and varied collection of poetry included here, Selected Poems 1947-1995 offers accessible and extensive indexes, illuminating notes to the poems, and prefaces to supplement enthusiasts in their reading of one of the wisest and most revolutionary poets of this century.… (mer)
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Titel:Selected Poems 1947-1995
Författare:Allen Ginsberg
Info:HarperCollins Publishers (1996), Hardcover, 442 pages
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Ginsberg can be terribly entertaining and powerful. He can also be trite and plain unlikable. ( )
  mrgan | Oct 30, 2017 |
Allen Ginsburg is a phenomenal poet. Everyone knows "Howl", the Beat anthem, but I think Ginsberg's best is "Kaddish", a poem mourning the breakdown and death of his mentally ill mother. It's graphic, uncomfortable, but touching. This collection spans Ginsberg's career. I couldn't find a time from his life where I didn't love at least one of the selections. It is iteresting to see the progression of his writing from spirited convention breaking work to socially aware call to arms work to fragile works by a sick, dying old man. ( )
  falonanjel | Apr 7, 2007 |
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Allen Ginsberg, one of America's most distinguished living poets, turned 70 this year. Selected Poems 1947-1995 commemorates his brilliant career and honors a landmark birthday. Ginsberg personally chose the selections for this handy volume and has written a retrospective Apologia that places the poems from each decade in their historical and literary context. Here are well-known masterpieces such as the lyric "Howl" and the narrative "Kaddish"--Classic works of American literature - as well as more recent gems, the long dream poem "White Shroud," the visionary "After Lalon," and the political rock lyric "The Ballad of the Skeletons." The pieces included in Selected Poems 1947-1995, which span five decades of work, document Ginsberg's spiritual path during a life devoted to exploring the creative possibilities of the conscious mind. Ginsberg's verse is always raw-toned, often whimsical, in both style and content, and displays elegant technical variety from singable exact lyrics to Sapphics to Skeltonics to twelve-bar blues to projective open-form verse and "spontaneous bop prosody." Ginsberg takes readers on a tour of his intelligence as a poet, from the transcendent-themed early poems such as "Magic Psalm" (1960) and "T.V. Baby" fragments (1961), to the poetic realism of the later 1960s with which he confronted and challenged a nation at war, to the integration of song (rags, ballads, and blues) into his poetic repertoire in the early 1970s. Many long poems - including "The Fall of America" and "Iron Horse" - have been edited to reveal exquisite passages hitherto unnoticed by many readers. Ginsberg's immersion in Eastern thought and his hands-on practice of Tibetan Buddhism is reflected in poems throughout this collection. In contrast, readers will delight in highlights of his erotic narrative "Contest of Bards" (1977), at once baroque and idiosyncratic, which was inspired in great part by a marathon reading of William Blake's complete poetry. His most recent work expands on classic meditation experience, recording the recognition of rich daydream activity as conscious poetic thought. In addition to the rich and varied collection of poetry included here, Selected Poems 1947-1995 offers accessible and extensive indexes, illuminating notes to the poems, and prefaces to supplement enthusiasts in their reading of one of the wisest and most revolutionary poets of this century.

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