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All that You Praise I Take: A Glimpse of the Young Thom Gunn

Eavan Boland

in At the Barriers

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print July 2009 | ISBN: 9780226890432
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226890371 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226890371.003.0002
All that You Praise I Take: A Glimpse of the Young Thom Gunn

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In this chapter the author intends to sketch something of the young Thom Gunn as he first appeared to him: as a poet from a different world whom he tried to apprehend and, at first, only partially understood. This is a description of an inexact process whereby he offers this piece not as a scholarly or complete view of his first book, but rather as a snapshot of how younger poets first understand older ones. The author writes “I listened and listened. It all sounded strange to me—those blunt and thumping stanzas about cold roads and dance halls. And yet something about it was also familiar, startling, and thrilling. I was surprised, engaged, and lost.”

Keywords: Thom Gunn; poet; stanzas; cold roads; dance halls

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Subjects: Literary Studies (Poetry and Poets)

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