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Autumn Journal

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Rosley Books for Antiquarian books, Cumberland, Everyman, Keswick, Inklings, Literature, MacDonald, Rarities, Theology and History. He praised its “imagery of things lived through, and not merely chosen for poetic suggestiveness” (qtd.

Why not admit that other people are always Organic to the self, that a monologue Is the death of language and that a single lion Is less himself, or alive, than a dog and another dog? In an effort to address the unrepeatable presentness of the now, to escape some false and corrupting sense of identity, the speaker in Autumn Journal departs now and then to Greek but also to relevant Roman exempla of human experience and behavior.

Each section is formed with all the simple grace of a tautly twisted bud, set to bloom with every reading.

So the humanist in his room with Jacobean panels Chewing his pipe and looking on a lazy quad Chops the Ancient World to turn a sermon To the greater glory of God. Autumn Journal's design, its forms of language, its molds, its select features of reiterating personal inscription, and its distinctive poetic rhythm of coordinating the grand and the banal, mark the infrastructure of what I posit is a very carefully orchestrated collection. When “war seemed round the corner again,” when Woolf felt too “black” to “gather together,” she recognized the intense necessity to oppose the dispersal of things and souls.I'm haunted by this work since it turned me on to a kind of journalistic way of writing poetry as an adolescent. The poem I'd put alongside it is Auden's New Year Letter, which was written in a similar style at precisely the same time and also combines autobiography, political observation and phiosophical reflection. In Autumn Journal, the speaker knows that “the dice are loaded / Against the living man” (IX); he anticipates a “harder life” (I) to come, and yet he sees life as always promising complexity and mystery.

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