Selected Poems

Selected Poems: A.M. Klein

ZAILIG POLLOCK
SEYMOUR MAYNE
USHER CAPLAN
Copyright Date: 1997
Pages: 176
https://www.jstor.org/stable/10.3138/j.ctt1287x32
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    Selected Poems
    Book Description:

    This collection of 84 poems offers a representative sampling of Klein?s finest poetry, while taking into account the changing critical discourse of the last 50 years.

    eISBN: 978-1-4426-2775-8
    Subjects: Language & Literature

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-iv)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. v-viii)
  3. Acknowledgments
    (pp. ix-x)
  4. Editors’ Introduction
    (pp. xi-2)

    Throughout his career Klein entertained high, perhaps impossibly high, ambitions for his poetry. Poetry was not true poetry unless it engaged some great theme; and Klein’s career as a poet is largely the record of a continuous inner struggle, through periods of silence as well as ones of intense productivity, to define and redefine such a theme, and to develop the means – emotional, intellectual, and artistic – to do it justice. It is a struggle which culminates in the great achievements of his maturity, and, then, in the bleak silence of his final years.

    The essence of Klein’s theme...

  5. POEMS

  6. TRANSLATIONS OF BIALIK

    • O Thou Seer, Go Flee Thee – Away
      (pp. 147-147)
    • A Spirit Passed before Me
      (pp. 148-149)

      A spirit passed before my face, it dazzled me; for an instant your fingertip, O Lord, quivered the strings of my heart.

      I stood there humbled, hushed, all ardor quelled. My heart curled within me; my mouth could not muster a psalm.

      And, in truth, with what was I to come into the Temple? And how could my prayer ever be pure?

      For my speech, O Lord, is altogether abhorrent, has become a broth of abomination.

      There is not a word in it that has not been infected to the root; not a phrase but heard and it is mocked,...

    • Stars Flicker and Fall in the Sky
      (pp. 149-150)
  7. Notes
    (pp. 153-188)
  8. Selected Bibliography
    (pp. 189-190)
  9. Index of Titles
    (pp. 191-194)
  10. Index of First Lines
    (pp. 195-197)