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Selected Poems

Selected Poems: A.M. Klein

Copyright Date: 1997
Pages: 176
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  • Book Info
    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


    • 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)