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The One Day. A Poem in Three Parts

Hall, Donald

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ISBN 10: 0899198171 / ISBN 13: 9780899198170
Published by Ticknor & Fields, New York, 1988
Used Condition: Good Plus Hardcover
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pp.67. Paper on board, cloth spine. Some shelf wear, edges bumped and some light soiling otherwise good plus. Bookseller Inventory # 505298

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Title: The One Day. A Poem in Three Parts

Publisher: Ticknor & Fields, New York

Publication Date: 1988

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Good Plus

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In a long poem, the narrator looks back on his childhood and shares his attitudes toward the past


The One Day is a long poem that weaves the voice of a male and a female together with classic texts in an examination of middle age and its accompanying crisis. The poem, which won a National Book Critics Circle Award in 1988, has three parts--"Shrubs Burnt Away," "Four Classic Texts" and "To Build a House"--and uses a 10-line stanza with variable line length in an experimental form. The words often strike deep into the heart of mid-life anxiety; he calls the bed "a preparation of death." But The One Day isn't all despair, it is also about a life worth living: "Work, love, build a house, and die. But build a house."

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