Donald Justice Summary

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Critical Essay by Thom Gunn There are a few obvious misfires in [The Summer Anniversaries] (the only disastrous one being the final poem, which is really too close to Auden to be taken seriously), but... Read more
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Critical Essay by Alan Hollinghurst Donald Justice's [Selected Poems] persistently haunt and are haunted by the past, to the extent that their present is characterised by a weary passivity, a l... Read more
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Critical Essay by J. D. Mcclatchy Donald Justice is an elusive poet, esteemed but not widely read, and it is a convenience to have so much of his work brought together in one volume [Selected Poems]&#... Read more
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Critical Essay by Lewis Turco Mr. Justice writes a spare line, and he writes by the line, painstakingly. His determination to get the perfect word in the perfect place is absolute, and if he doesn�... Read more
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Critical Essay by Vernon Young I doubt if there are six poems in [Donald Justice's Selected Poems] which could be claimed for the public sensibility. But Justice has written a dozen lyrics I&#x... Read more
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Critical Essay by Doug Lang Donald Justice is a conservative poet. He works within the established boundaries of modern poetry and makes no attempt to extend those boundaries. He is also a very litera... Read more
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Critical Essay by Charles Molesworth What some might see as proper formality might strike others as unnecessary stiffness. This difficulty is compounded in the case of Donald Justice, for his poetic s... Read more
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Critical Essay by Thomas Swiss From the beginning of his poetic career, Donald Justice has focused obsessively on a central theme: loss…. But it is not Justice's themes that first strike... Read more
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Critical Essay by Gerald Burns Donald Justice has not improved since I reviewed Night Light a dozen years ago. [Selected Poems] reads like a very thin Tennessee Williams—little poems about obsc... Read more
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Critical Essay by Alan Young [Many of the poems appearing in Selected Poems taken from Summer Anniversaries] have the feel of apprentice pieces, a formalistic and workshop atmosphere pervading…... Read more
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Critical Essay by Calvin Bedient [Selected Poems] is Justice at his best, as plain and poignant as he is fragmentary and narrow…. Consisting of shadows cast by the world just before dusk, his p... Read more
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In the following essay, which is prefaced by commentary from Harvey Gross, Justice discusses the function of meter in poetry. Donald Justice describes himself as "a rationalist defender of the... Read more
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Below, Richman argues that in Justice's poetry form takes precedence over subject matter. Donald Justice is one of our most reticent poets. He may very well be the most reticent poet of his gen... Read more
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In the following interview, Justice discusses various aspects of his work, including his literary influences and the importance of memory, meter, and music in his poetry. [The Iowa Review:] Let'... Read more
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In the following excerpt, Gioai considers Selected Poems, citing Justice's mastery of diverse forms and keen editorial sense as the skills which have helped produce a nearly perfect collection ... Read more
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In the essay below, De Jong discusses the significance of music to Justice's poetry, noting his use of rhyme, assonance, consonance, and repetition and the way in which music has served as subj... Read more
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In the following excerpt, Ehrenpreis focuses on theme in Justice's collection Departures. Donald Justice has some kinship with Ashbery. The master to whom both seem deeply related is Wallace St... Read more
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In the following essay, Mezey praises the power of Justice's imagery and the seeming effortlessness with which it is evoked. In an essay published about ten years ago, Donald Justice wrote: &#x... Read more
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In the following essay, Bawer defends Justice's work against hostile critics, stating that the negative criticism stems from Justice's reluctance to conform to the styles of his peers. O... Read more
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In the essay below, Gioia argues that Justice creates an intertextual dialogue in his poetry through his conscious borrowing from and response to other writers. Anyone who reads Donald Justice'... Read more