The Dream Songs

The Dream Songs

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This edition combines The Dream Songs, awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1965, and His Toy, His Dream, His Rest, which won the National Book Award for Poetry in 1969 and contains all 385 songs. Of The Dream Songs, A. Alvarez wrote in The Observer, "A major achievement. He has written an elegy on his brilliant generation and, in the process, he has also written an elegy on himself."

The Dream Songs are eighteen-line poems in three stanzas. Each individual poem is lyric and organized around an emotion provoked by an everyday event. The tone of the poems is less surreal than associational or intoxicated. The principal character of the song cycle is Henry, who is both the narrator of the poems and referred to by the narrator in the poems.

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Title:The Dream Songs
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  • Mariel

    There sat down, once, a thing on Henry's heart so heavy, if he had a hundred years & more, & weeping, sleepless, in all them timeHenry could not make good. Starts again always in Henry's earsthe lit...

  • AK

    mid-way through i wrote:i am deep into The Dream Songs, John Berryman's book of 385 poems published in 1969, such that i found myself wondering last night whether i can continue to relate to people wh...

  • Matt

    I've been pecking, then rummaging, then gobbling, then feasting, then gagging, then lilting over these poems for the past month or so. I appreciate it when more erudite people than myself admit that t...

  • John

    Here it is Columbus Day weekend, & again I'm setting out in the too-small boats of my brains & sensibility across the turbulence of these DREAM SONGS. Here be monsters. Berryman's singed-earth spiral ...

  • Sam

    I was often confused and frustrated by this book. Berryman was by all accounts a vicious drunk and an entirely unlikable person, and these poems seem to reflect that; there's not much here to make you...

  • Jim Collins

    The aging Professor Berryman was at the top of his career. He lived with a beautiful young woman, he was well respected in the literary community and on the job at the University of Minnesota, and was...

  • Meghan

    John Berryman's sweeping anti-epic joins Eliot's "The Wasteland" and Tennyson's "In Memoriam" as one of the greatest poetic series ever crafted. Berryman's influences are as panoramic as the scope of ...

  • Vderevlean

    O antologie scurtă, din păcate. Însă bilingvă, destul de rar pe la noi, pentru că majoritatea traducătorilor nu au curajul să pună originalul pe pagina din stânga. E important că a apărut ...

  • Mike Lindgren

    My relationship with John Berryman’s Dream Songs, like the songs themselves, is murky, complicated, obscure in origin, and not easy to explain—not even to myself. One signpost of great art, it see...

  • Peter Landau

    Reading THE DREAM SONGS by John Berryman is difficult, especially if you’ve seen him reading the poems on YouTube, drunk with an overgrown beard. He looks like a nut and he sounds like one, too. May...