Having it Out with Melancholy Criticism

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Kenyon published only four volumes of poetry in her lifetime, but each book has been well received by critics and readers in general who find her work both provocative and accessible. Most critics applaud her ability to present both everyday subjects, such as pets or New England landscapes, and serious topics, such as terminal illness and depression, in a manner that justifies their presence in the poem. "Having it Out with Melancholy" has been used as an example by more than one reviewer, and the book in which it was first published, Constance, was one of her most highly acclaimed. Writing for American Poetry Review, critic Robin Becker claims that "Kenyon writes with a spare authority, her collection peppered with the language of hymn, psalm, and prayer. . . . [Her] intimacy with rural New England provides stunning and consoling imagery, even as she writes of illness and the death of...

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