The Inner Room James Merrill

ISBN: 9780394572482

Published: November 5th 1988

Hardcover

95 pages


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The Inner Room  by  James Merrill

The Inner Room by James Merrill
November 5th 1988 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, RTF | 95 pages | ISBN: 9780394572482 | 10.77 Mb

James Merrills new collection, The Inner Room, combines symmetry with surprise.The first and last of its five parts include, in addition to diverse two masterly long poems each (Morning Glory and A Room at the Heart of Things in Part I andMoreJames Merrills new collection, The Inner Room, combines symmetry with surprise.The first and last of its five parts include, in addition to diverse two masterly long poems each (Morning Glory and A Room at the Heart of Things in Part I and Walks in Rome and Losing the Marbles in Part V).

The central section, an arrangement of shorter poems and a bittersweet meditation written some years ago but not collected until now, is framed by the books most startling accomplishments. In Part II Merrill returns to the verse drama, a genre that he has not worked in since the 1950s, when The Bait was produced off-Broadway. The Image Maker is an exquisitely fashioned one-act play about a santero, a saint-maker, whose carved figures are objects of veneration and sources of power in his Caribbean village.

The santero also practices santeria, the Latin American religion that syncretizes the Yoruba lore which the slaves brought with them from West Africa and the Catholicism imposed on them in their new world. In this exotic context, Merrill rings changes on themes developed in his epic poem The Changing Light at Sandover. Part IV, a sequence entitled Prose of Departure, is itself another striking departure from Merrills recent work. Set mostly in Japan, it intertwines narratives of beginnings and endings even as it intersperses its prose with hokku in a manner reminiscent of Bashos travel journals -- though the delicately managed rhymes set Merrills cachet upon the form.

Among the other work here are poems in Sapphics and in syllabics- a villanelle whose recursions celebrate memory, and a doubled anagram, in which the English poem is shadowed by a French versionStephen Yenserauthor of The Consuming Myth, The Work of James Merrill



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