The Philosopher's Window: And Other Poems

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The speaker of The Philosopher's Window and Other Poems, Allen Grossman tells us, is "an old man compelled by the insistent questioning of the children to explain himself" - and in this way, the world. He begins with creation ("The Great Work Farm Elegy"), recalls the romantic quest of youth ("The Philosopher's Window"), returns to reality ("The Snowfall" and "Whoever Builds"). His tales told, the old man wakes in a stormy springtime ("June, June"), "when the lilacs are gone." Grossman's allegory of life's journey, at once sonorous and antic, takes in the high and the low in these new visionary songs of innocence and experience.

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Allen Grossman is Andrew W. Mellon Professor of the Humanities at The Johns Hopkins University.

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Grossman's allegory of a life journey is a tale of perception, recollection, and explanation. The book makes several blatant references: to the imagery (fire, water, light) and rhetorical stance of the Bible; to the often embellished, hyperbolic language and fable form inherent in oral tradition; and to great epics, such as Rimbaud's and Virgil's. Although the first section of the book (The Great Farm Works Elegy) has some beautiful, highly charged verse, it is rather abstract, not allowing the reader to gain early access to the text, and more basically, to locate the speaker within the poem. The main bulk of the book ("The Philosopher's Window" ) interweaves philosophic discourse, rough and earthy observation, and romantic notions. Grossman reveals the self as a fluid entity. Knowledge about life is gained through the self's flexible perception, the ability to "step into another's shoes," so to speak. Grossman sets out on a course of epic proportions in this book, and although his aim is ambitious, his success will inevitably be measured by time. Janet St. John

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