Forgot your password?  

Critical Essay | Critical Review by Alicia Ostriker

This literature criticism consists of approximately 3 pages of analysis & critique of Critical Review by Alicia Ostriker.
This section contains 771 words
(approx. 3 pages at 300 words per page)
Purchase our Critical Review by Alicia Ostriker - Critical Review by Alicia Ostriker

Critical Review by Alicia Ostriker

SOURCE: A review of Dream Work, in The Nation, Vol. 243, No. 5, August 30, 1986, pp. 148-150.

Ostriker is an American poet, editor, and educator. In the following excerpt, she applauds the lyricism of Dream Work and notes a shift in emphasis from the natural world in Oliver's earlier works to more human-based themes in this collection.

Where [Donald] Hall's line is classically conversational and descriptive, Mary Oliver's is intensely lyrical, flute-like, slender and swift. Where he gathers detail, she will fling gesture. Her poems ride on vivid phrases: "the click of claws, the smack of lips" outside her tent turns out to be a bear's "shambling tonnage" in "The Chance to Love Everything." In a poem about an oncoming storm emblematic of human disaster, "the wind turns / like a hundred...

(read more)

This section contains 771 words
(approx. 3 pages at 300 words per page)
Purchase our Critical Review by Alicia Ostriker - Critical Review by Alicia Ostriker
Follow Us on Facebook