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The wild iris

Author: Louise Glück; Poets Laureate Collection (Library of Congress)
Publisher: Hopewell, NJ : Ecco Press, [1992] ©1992
Edition/Format:   Print book : Poetry : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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The Wild Iris was written during a ten-week period in the summer of 1991. Louise Gluck's first four collections consistently returned to the natural world, to the classical and biblical narratives that arose to explain the phenomena of this world, to provide meaning and to console. Ararat, her fifth book, offered a substitution for the received: a demotic, particularized myth of contemporary family. Now in The Wild  Read more...
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Genre/Form: American poetry
Poetry
Poems
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Louise Glück; Poets Laureate Collection (Library of Congress)
ISBN: 0880012811 9780880012812 0880013346 9780880013345
OCLC Number: 24627896
Awards: Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, 1993.
Description: ix pages, 2 unnumbered leaves, 63 pages, 1 unnumbered leaf ; 24 cm
Contents: The wild iris --
Matins --
Matins --
Trillium --
Lamium --
Snowdrops --
Clear morning --
Spring snow --
End of winter --
Matins --
Matins --
Scilla --
Retreating wind --
The garden --
The hawthorn tree --
Love in moonlight --
April --
Violets --
Witchgrass --
The Jacob's Ladder --
Matins --
Matins --
Song --
Field flowers --
The red poppy --
Clover --
Matins --
Heaven and earth --
The doorway --
Midsummer --
Vespers --
Vespers --
Vespers --
Daisies --
End of summer --
Vespers --
Vespers --
Vespers --
Early darkness --
Harvest --
The white rose --
Ipomoea --
Presque Isle --
Retreating light --
Vespers --
Vespers : parousia --
Vespers --
Vespers --
Sunset --
Lullaby --
The silver lily --
September twilight --
The gold lily --
The white lilies.
Other Titles: Poems.
Responsibility: by Louise Glück.

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The Wild Iris was written during a ten-week period in the summer of 1991. Louise Gluck's first four collections consistently returned to the natural world, to the classical and biblical narratives that arose to explain the phenomena of this world, to provide meaning and to console. Ararat, her fifth book, offered a substitution for the received: a demotic, particularized myth of contemporary family. Now in The Wild Iris, her most important and accomplished collection to date, ecstatic imagination supplants both empiricism and tradition, creating an impassioned polyphonic exchange among the god who "discloses/virtually nothing," human beings who "leave/signs of feeling/everywhere," and a garden where "whatever/returns from oblivion returns/ to find a voice." The poems of this sequence see beyond mortality, the bitter discovery on which individuality depends. "To be one thing/is to be next to nothing," Gluck challenges the reader. "Is it enough/only to look inward?" A major poet redefines her task--its thematic obsessions, its stylistic signature--with each volume. Visionary, shrewd, intuitive--and at once cyclical and apocalyptic--The Wild Iris is not a repudiation but a confirmation, an audacious feat of psychic ventriloquism, a fiercely original record of the spirit's obsession with, and awe of, earth.

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