Archie Randolph Ammons | Critical Essay by Sister Bernetta Quinn, OSF

This literature criticism consists of approximately 21 pages of analysis & critique of Archie Randolph Ammons.
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SOURCE: "Scholar of Wind and Tree: The Early Lyrics of A. R. Ammons," in Pembroke Magazine, No. 18, 1986, pp. 236-47.

In the following essay, Quinn discusses the place of the physical world and the figure of Ezra in Ammons's poetry.

Beginning his 1968 Selected Poems "in the middle of the thing," A. R. Ammons as Ezra stands up against the physical universe simply by introducing himself to it: "So I said I am Ezra." The wind whipping his throat captures the words as a hunter might game, then whistles off into the dark night, a temperamental companion, or guide, as he is throughout the book. Rejected by the wind in his attempt to start a conversation, Ezra turns to the ocean but it too will have none of him, crashing surf blotting out his words. Pushed into unsteadiness by the returning wind, he faces the...

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