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Considering “Considering the Snail”

Paul Muldoon

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/9780226890371.003.0015
Considering “Considering the Snail”

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Paul Muldoon and Wendy Lesser write about two underrecognized poems of central interest to Gunn's body of work: Muldoon on “Considering the Snail,” from the second, experimental section of My Sad Captains (1961), which vividly indicates Gunn's growing feel for unpredictable rhythms, his own “deliberate progress”—sexual, social, formal—as poet and person; and Lesser on the elegy, “Duncan” that opens Gunn's last book, Boss Cupid (2000), and which enacts the tension of that very same progress. Gunn considered this poem his best.

Keywords: Considering the Snail; My Sad Captains; unpredictable rhythms; deliberate progress; Duncan

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Subjects: Literary Studies (Poetry and Poets)

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