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- DescriptionLife has to have the plenitude of art, Edward Hirsch affirms in his fifth volume of poems, <b>On Love</b>, which further establishes him as a major artist. From its opening epigraph by Thomas Hardy and an initiating prayer for transformation, <b>On Love</b> takes up the subjects of separateness and fusion, automy and blur. The initial progression of fifteen shapely and passionate lyrics (including a sonnet about the poet at seven, a villanelle about the loneliness of a pioneer woman on the prairie, and an elegy for Amy Clampitt) opens out into a sequence of meditations about love. These arresting love poems are spoken by a gallery of historical figures from Denis Diderot, Heinrich Heine, Charles Baudelaire, and Ralph Waldo Emerson to Gertrude Stein, Federico Garcia Lorca, Zora Neale Hurston, and Colette. Each anatomizes a different aspect of eros in poems uttered by a chorus of historical authorities that is also a lone lover's yearning voice. Personal, literary, <b>On Love</b> offers the most formally adept and moving poetry by the author Harold Bloom hails as utterly fresh, canical, and necessary.
- Author BiographyEdward Hirsch was born in Chicago in 1950 and educated at Grinnell College and the University of Pennsylvania. His first book of poems, <b>For the Sleepwalkers</b> (1981), received the Lavan Younger Poets Award from the Academy of American Poets and the Delmore Schwartz Memorial Award from New York University. His second book of poems, <b>Wild Gratitude</b> (1986), received the National Book Critics Circle Award. His third, <b>The Night Parade</b> (1989), and his fourth, <b>Earthly Measures</b> (1994), were both listed as notable books of the year by the <i>New York Times Book Review.</i> He writes frequently for leading magazines and periodicals--among them <i>American Poetry Review, DoubleTake, </i> where he is editorial advisor in poetry, and <i>The Paris Review</i>--and he has received a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, an Ingram Merrill Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the Rome Prize from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. He teaches at the University of Houston.
- Author(s)Edward Hirsch
- PublisherRandom House USA Inc
- Date of Publication15/03/2000
- SubjectPoetry Texts & Poetry Anthologies
- Place of PublicationNew York
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintRandom House USA Inc
- Weight176 g
- Width146 mm
- Height210 mm
- Spine8 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (UK)
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