Love & Fame

Love Fame Berryman s most autobiographical poetry his last major work published prior to his suicide

  • Title: Love & Fame
  • Author: John Berryman
  • ISBN: 9780374510312
  • Page: 210
  • Format: Unknown Binding
  • Berryman s most autobiographical poetry, his last major work published prior to his suicide.

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    1. Some terrific poems in this collection, but after a while I grew tired of Berryman going on and on and on about all the woman he bedded (I kept turning to his author photo, an old, gray, long-bearded Berryman, and wondered how this man possibly could be the same guy who slept with so many women, so easily, many of them married). Also grew tired, more so, of his narcissism -- too many references to himself as a famous poet or to his famous poet friends.The first 3 parts of the book consist of 48 [...]

    2. My initial impression, as I read the first few poems, was disappointment because of the convoluted line structure of the poems. They evoked the voice of Yoda: ".ought much I then on perforated daddy" However, as I read on, then re-read, my appreciation deepened. Berryman's confessional style - blunt, sexual, introverted - is not always appealing but grows on one. This particular book, written later in his life, looks backward, to youthful escapades and adventures. They reflect stages of his life [...]

    3. Got this out of the library, my first Berryman. It's nice to read poetry with an actual personality, albeit a kinda sexually-braggy personality, and as a collection this worked really well, section by section the poems kind of bleed into each otherd you get a confessional, funny, nostalgic, fairly misogynistic picture of his early college years (which i liked the most) through to his beardy alcoholic years. I just found out he killed himself, not long after this collection.We will all die, & [...]

    4. If Salinger's Holden Caulfield had shown promise as a brilliant scholar, if he'd gone on to Columbia University and won a scholarship to study at Cambridge, if he could think of only reading and writing and girls, then this collection of poems -- really a novel in verse -- by John Berryman would have been the book Salinger's character might have written. Hilarious, callow, wildly arrogant: at times; at other times, sad, lonely, pathetic: throughout these poems demonstrate a singular, consistent, [...]

    5. Yeah, I guess I'm the only poet in America that is left pretty cold by the Dream Songs. However, I really like Love & Fame. This is Berryman does Frank O'Hara, all that personal reference, wildly inventive language, elliptical slip of consciousness, and lots and lots of sex, of course.

    6. Liked part 4 the best. "11 Addresses to the Lord.""Oil all my turbulence as at Thy dictationI sweat out my wayward works."

    7. The Addresses to the lord at the end are what cranked up the rating. Some great stuff, following some cringy-cringy-wince-wince stuff

    8. In four sections. Each reads more personal and intimate. The most beautiful in section four, "Eleven Addresses to the Lord.". So surprising and unforgettable. My first book of Berryman.

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