Bewilderment: New Poems and Translations (Paperback)

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    Winner of the 2012 National Book Award for Poetry.

    To read David Ferry’s Bewilderment is to be reminded that poetry of the highest order can be made by the subtlest of means. The passionate nature and originality of Ferry’s proso...

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    David Ferry is the Sophie Chantal Hart Professor Emeritus of English at Wellesley College and also teaches at Suffolk University. In 2011 he received the prestigious Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize for his lifetime accomplishments.

    Winner of the 2012 National Book Award for Poetry.

    To read David Ferry’s Bewilderment is to be reminded that poetry of the highest order can be made by the subtlest of means. The passionate nature and originality of Ferry’s prosodic daring works astonishing transformations that take your breath away. In poem after poem, his diction modulates beautifully between plainspoken high eloquence and colloquial vigor, making his distinctive speech one of the most interesting and ravishing achievements of the past half century. Ferry has fully realized both the potential for vocal expressiveness in his phrasing and the way his phrasing plays against—and with—his genius for metrical variation. His vocal phrasing thus becomes an amazingly flexible instrument of psychological and spiritual inquiry. Most poets write inside a very narrow range of experience and feeling, whether in free or metered verse. But Ferry’s use of meter tends to enhance the colloquial nature of his writing, while giving him access to an immense variety of feeling. Sometimes that feeling is so powerful it’s like witnessing a volcanologist taking measurements in the midst of an eruption.

    Ferry’s translations, meanwhile, are amazingly acclimated English poems. Once his voice takes hold of them they are as bred in the bone as all his other work. And the translations in this book are vitally related to the original poems around them.

    From Bewilderment:

    October

    The day was hot, and entirely breathless, so
    The remarkably quiet remarkably steady leaf fall
    Seemed as if it had no cause at all.

    The ticking sound of falling leaves was like
    The ticking sound of gentle rainfall as
    They gently fell on leaves already fallen,

    Or as, when as they passed them in their falling,
    Now and again it happened that one of them touched
    One or another leaf as yet not falling,

    Still clinging to the idea of being summer:
    As if the leaves that were falling, but not the day,
    Had read, and understood, the calendar.

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    ISBN 9780226244884
    Genre POETRY / American / General
    Format Paperback
    Pages 115
    Publisher Date 2012-09-14 00:00:00.0
    Publisher Univ of Chicago Pr
    Copyright Year 2012
    Height 9.0 in
    Wdth 6.0 in
    Thickness 0.5 in
    Unit weight 0.44 lb
    Language English
    Subtitle New Poems and Translations
    Series Name Phoenix Poets
    Audience General/trade
    Authors Ferry, David

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