May Swenson | Criticism

This literature criticism consists of approximately 2Ā pages of analysis & critique of May Swenson.
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[To describe her poems as clever and skeptical] is not to say that Miss Swenson has no heart, but that she keeps it strictly under the discipline of her brain. "New & Selected Things Taking Place" is a title that in itself demonstrates a certain skepticism about poetry. Her poems are not poems, but "things taking place." They take place in a number of shapes and are subject to a few too many tricks for my taste, and yet there is no doubt that underneath the verbal fireworks lies a sophisticated seriousness. Poems about her mother and father, their lives, their deaths, eschew the self-preoccupation of their genre and manage to be witty and moving at the same time. Miss Swenson is also a fine ornithologist; her birds and landscapes are distinct enough to make an exile weak with homesicknessā€¦. [She] is something of a philosopher, though her point...

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Critical Essay by Anne Stevenson from Gale. ©2005-2006 Thomson Gale, a part of the Thomson Corporation. All rights reserved.
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