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Poems by Melville, privately printed in 1891. Besides the title piece, the volume contains some 40 other light poems inspired by the author's travels in Greece and Italy (1857), as well as the unique and contrasting “After the Pleasure Party,” which is concerned with “the sexual feud that clogs the aspiring life” and a bitter arraignment of the fate that makes “selfhood” seem “incomplete” and yet seldom allows the mating of “matching halves.”

Subjects: Literature.

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Herman Melville (1819—1891) American novelist and short-story writer

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