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Walking Toward the Sun

Walking Toward the Sun

Edward Weismiller
Foreword by W. S. Merwin
Copyright Date: 2002
Published by: Yale University Press
Pages: 80
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    Walking Toward the Sun
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    In 1936, twenty-year-old Edward Weismiller became the youngest poet to win the prestigious Yale Series of Younger Poets prize. Today, more than sixty years later, he retains that distinction. Yale University Press here reintroduces Edward Weismiller-now the oldest living Younger Poet-with the publication of his latest book of poetry. Weismiller's is "a talent that has kept faith with itself and its sources," says W. S. Merwin, current judge of the Younger Poets Series.InWalking Toward the Sun,youthful lyricism has given way to plainness of speech-even spareness. These poems are honest and unflinching, always striking in their prosody. They will remind some readers of Yeats, for they convey nobility in the face of old age, infirmity, and disappointment. Weismiller sings powerfully about a world of loss, but he is never grim or despairing. The poet in old age remains hopeful, open to possibility, and always aware of beauty in the smallest places.

    eISBN: 978-0-300-12766-9
    Subjects: Language & Literature

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-vi)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. vii-viii)
  3. Foreword
    (pp. ix-xii)
    W. S. Merwin

    Continuity, extension, maturity, indeed survival, in a single talent as in the history of an art, are certainly rarer than the exciting occurrence of talents in the first place. It is bound to be so, but more attention may be paid to the discovery of new gifts than to their subsequent development. To use the word “promising” about early talent is perhaps somewhat misleading, for talent, as the passage of time makes clear to us, allows hope but does not in fact promise. A talent cannot remain as it is at first, and as it moves and changes, and as...

  4. Acknowledgments
    (pp. xiii-xiv)
  5. 1
    (pp. 3-18)
  6. 2
    (pp. 21-42)
  7. 3
    (pp. 45-64)