Howard Nemerov | Literature Criticism Critical Review by Helen Vendler

This literature criticism consists of approximately 4 pages of analysis & critique of Howard Nemerov.
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Critical Review by Helen Vendler

SOURCE: Vendler, Helen. A review of Collected Poems. New York Times Book Review (7 December 1977): 14.

In the following review of Nemerov's Collected Poems, Vendler points to the poet's attempts to find meaning in an unsettling world.

When Stevens wrote about his “Collected Poems” as “The Planet on the Table,” he meant that a life's poetry, like a terrestrial globe, reproduces (though in a reduced scale) the whole world. The world as Nemerov knows it is revealed, prophetically, in the title of his first (1947) volume, The Image and the Law. The world comes to us in images; the mind seeks a law in the heterogeneous information infiltrating the senses. A late poem shows Nemerov as a boy confronting “The Book of Knowledge,” “a luxury liner...

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