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The Collected Poems

Price, Reynolds

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ISBN 10: 0684832038 / ISBN 13: 9780684832036
Published by Scribner, Old Tappan, New Jersey, U.S.A., 1997
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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First printing. Signed on title page. Since the 1950s, Reynolds Price has garnered literary fame for his fiction, plays, memoirs, and poems. Collected Poems brings together all of his published work as well as new poems. Near fine in like DJ with remainder mark to bottom edge. 417 pp. Bookseller Inventory # 2015

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Title: The Collected Poems

Publisher: Scribner, Old Tappan, New Jersey, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1997

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Edition.

Book Type: Book

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This volume presents the full range of Reynolds Price's poetic accomplishment over the past thirty-six years. His first three collections are brought together in their entirety; and a masterful new collection, The Unaccountable Worth of the World, is introduced.
In his preface to The Collected Poems, Price credits guides as various as Miss Jane Alston, a public school English teacher in North Carolina, and W. H. Auden, one of his teachers at Oxford University. The sure trajectory of Price's development as a poet is traced from the "inexplicable elation" of his adolescent discovery of Emily Dickinson, to a lengthy immersion in John Milton's "polyphonic language, with its ready access to the eloquence of plain speech," to the four-stress rhythm of the Anglo-Saxons and Coleridge on which his work often continues to depend -- that rhythm being "closely allied to the wary economy and dignity of those kinds of speech that, in my lifetime, have been most concerned for lucid and memorable communication."
Those familiar with Price's earlier work will welcome having in one volume such vivid contributions as "The Annual Heron" (from Vital Provisions), "House Snake" (The Laws of Ice) and "An Afterlife, 1953 -- 1988" (The Use of Fire). All will be introduced for the first time to his latest poems from the journal called "Days and Nights." This notebook was begun in the early 1980s, shortly before Price was diagnosed with a grave illness; and the entries continue in the second of three parts of The Unaccountable Worth of the World, many of them contending with the death of friends -- "the Dying Belt, as my father called it." The whole new collection culminates in the powerful departures of such poems as "Scored by Light" and "The Closing, The Ecstasy."
The Collected Poems reveals, throughout, the accumulated variety of Reynolds Price's years as a poet -- the thematic breadth, formal steadiness, narrative vitality and intense lyricism that have marked his work since 1961. It is a landmark in his creative life and in the span of contemporary American verse.


Since the 1950s, Reynolds Price has garnered literary fame for his fiction, plays, memoirs, and poems. Collected Poems brings together all of his published work as well as new poems from a journal titled "Day and Nights." Begun while Price was struggling with spinal cancer, this work, which is notably different in form and tone from earlier poems, is from a meditation on death and dying that is remarkable in its evenhanded emotions and lack of easy sentiment. Even with this weighty subject matter, Price makes words sing; we are moved again and again to celebrate life and the endless ability of art to counteract the harm that comes to us in the world of the flesh.

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