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Thom Gunn (1929–2004)

Forfatter af The Man with Night Sweats

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Both literally and figuratively, Thom Gunn may have traveled the farthest of any of the original Movement poets of the 1950s in Britain. Born in Gravesend, he moved often as a child because his journalist father frequently worked for different newspapers. After two years in the British army and vis mere some months in Paris, he enrolled in Trinity College, Cambridge, from which he graduated in 1953. He then went to the United States for graduate study at Stanford University and an assistant professorship from 1958 to 1966 at the University of California, Berkeley. Gunn's literal journeys mirror psychological ones reflected in his poetry. Influenced by French existentialist thought, he first came to public attention as a skilled craftsman of anguished lyrics in traditional forms. Moving to California, he experimented with the drug LSD and a looser artistic structure, which he used to present often violent subjects (such as motorcycle gangs). Correspondingly, Gunn's erotic verse changed from the early heterosexual lyrics to a frank portrayal of homosexual love. Although he claims to be an atheist, Gunn often conveys a passionate, nearly mystical, identification with the world of nature. The title poem of his important volume Moly (1971) shows his understandable fascination with the theme of metamorphosis. (Bowker Author Biography) Thom Gunn, born in 1929, has received many awards, most recently a Lila Acheson Wallace/"Reader's Digest" Fellowship & a MacArthur Fellowship. His works include "The Man with Night Sweats" (FSG, 1992) & "Collected Poems" (FSG, 1994). (Bowker Author Biography) vis mindre

Omfatter også følgende navne: Thom Gunn, Thomas Gunn, Thomson William Gunn

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Værker af Thom Gunn

The Man with Night Sweats (1992) 227 eksemplarer
Collected Poems (1993) 221 eksemplarer
Boss Cupid (2000) 121 eksemplarer
Selected Poems, 1950–1975 (1979) 75 eksemplarer
Jack Straw's Castle (1976) 66 eksemplarer
The Sense of Movement (1705) 58 eksemplarer
Selected Poems (2009) 51 eksemplarer
The Passages of Joy (1982) 47 eksemplarer
Shelf Life (1993) 41 eksemplarer
The Occasions of Poetry (1982) 39 eksemplarer
Moly and My Sad Captains (1973) 30 eksemplarer
My Sad Captains (1961) 29 eksemplarer
Fighting Terms (1958) 22 eksemplarer
The Letters of Thom Gunn (2021) 21 eksemplarer
Touch (1967) 21 eksemplarer
Moly (1971) 18 eksemplarer
Positives (1973) 18 eksemplarer
Poems, 1950–1966: A Selection (1969) 17 eksemplarer
To the Air (1974) 15 eksemplarer
New Selected Poems (2018) 9 eksemplarer
Talbot Road (1981) 3 eksemplarer
Undesirables (1988) 3 eksemplarer
The Missed Beat (1976) 3 eksemplarer
Five American Poets — Redaktør — 3 eksemplarer
The Menace (1982) 2 eksemplarer
Night Sweats (1987) 2 eksemplarer
366 days of Tasmania (2016) 2 eksemplarer
POEM AFTER CHAUCER (1971) 1 eksemplar
Sidewalks (1985) 1 eksemplar
The Garden of the Gods (1968) 1 eksemplar
Songbook (1973) 1 eksemplar
Old Stories (1992) 1 eksemplar
The Explorers (SC) (1969) 1 eksemplar
Sunlight (SC) (1969) 1 eksemplar
Frontiers of Gossip (1998) 1 eksemplar
Hurtless Trees (1986) 1 eksemplar
At the Barriers (SC) (1989) 1 eksemplar

Associated Works

The Making of a Poem: A Norton Anthology of Poetic Forms (2000) — Bidragyder — 1,250 eksemplarer
Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, and Drama (1995) — Bidragyder, nogle udgaver914 eksemplarer
A Pocket Book of Modern Verse (1954) — Bidragyder, nogle udgaver441 eksemplarer
The Faber Book of Modern Verse (1936) — Bidragyder, nogle udgaver284 eksemplarer
Mortification: Writers' Stories of Their Public Shame (2003) — Bidragyder — 279 eksemplarer
The Penguin Book of Contemporary Verse (1950) — Bidragyder, nogle udgaver264 eksemplarer
The Penguin Book of Homosexual Verse (1983) — Bidragyder — 235 eksemplarer
The Best American Poetry 2000 (2000) — Bidragyder — 213 eksemplarer
The Art of Losing (2010) — Bidragyder — 197 eksemplarer
Gay and Lesbian Poetry in Our Time (Stonewall Inn Editions) (1836) — Bidragyder — 179 eksemplarer
British Poetry Since 1945 (1970) — Bidragyder, nogle udgaver166 eksemplarer
The Best American Poetry 1998 (1998) — Bidragyder — 160 eksemplarer
The Columbia Anthology of Gay Literature (1998) — Bidragyder — 158 eksemplarer
After Ovid: New Metamorphoses (1994) — Bidragyder — 153 eksemplarer
The Faber Book of Beasts (1997) — Bidragyder — 139 eksemplarer
The Best American Poetry 1993 (1993) — Bidragyder — 128 eksemplarer
Selected Poems (2003) — Redaktør — 77 eksemplarer
The Everyman Anthology of Poetry for Children (1994) — Bidragyder — 72 eksemplarer
Ezra Pound: Poems Selected by Thom Gunn (2000) — Redaktør — 71 eksemplarer
Gods and Mortals: Modern Poems on Classical Myths (1684) — Bidragyder — 68 eksemplarer
The Male Muse: A Gay Anthology (1973) — Bidragyder — 63 eksemplarer
The Grim Reader: Writings on Death, Dying, and Living On (1997) — Bidragyder — 60 eksemplarer
The Name of Love: Classic Gay Love Poems (1995) — Bidragyder — 51 eksemplarer
Poetry of Witness: The Tradition in English, 1500-2001 (2014) — Bidragyder — 41 eksemplarer
The Selected Poems of Fulke Greville (1968) — Redaktør — 31 eksemplarer
Ben Jonson: Poems Selected by Thom Gunn (1974) — Redaktør — 24 eksemplarer
Ten Poems about Cats (2011) — Bidragyder — 17 eksemplarer
Queer Nature: A Poetry Anthology (2022) — Bidragyder — 13 eksemplarer
New voices (1959) — Bidragyder — 6 eksemplarer
Poetry Magazine Vol. 86 No. 3, June 1955 — Bidragyder — 2 eksemplarer

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So relevant; so sad. I was surprised to see myself so often in Thom Gunn's words. I highly recommend Boss Cupid.
 
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tnechodomu | 1 anden anmeldelse | May 7, 2023 |
Smart and raw, these poems are about desire in all its' forms, both admirable and frightening. Gunn was one of only a few contemporary poets who are comfortable writing in form, and that versatility shows here. Unlike much contemporary form poetry, though, these poems aren't burdened by restraint--instead, they seem to celebrate life, and love. While some of the poems require some knowledge of biblical lore or classical mythology for a full appreciation of the content, many of them are far more accessible in nature, focusing on scene and character instead of building from other stories. Throughout the poems, however, Gunn's quick rhythms and perfectly formed descriptions are worth reading and re-reading, particularly when his poems are focused in on single short scenes and the results and questions of desire, as is so often the case in this collection.… (mere)
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whitewavedarling | 1 anden anmeldelse | Jun 18, 2013 |
A very worthwhile book of critical essays on individuals poets ranging in time from Fulke Greville and Ben Jonson to Gary Snyder and Robert Duncan. The book is rounded out with several charming short autobiographical pieces or reminiscences. Gunn's critical procedure is to discuss some feature of a poet that he thinks makes him worth reading, and then to illustrate this with close readings of short poems or excerpts. He is particularly sensitive to how the movement of the verse affects communication of meaning, a sensitivity he attributes to his training under Leavis and Yvor Winters. He chooses to write about poets that he feels a strong affinity for and the love comes through. Although Gunn is perhaps best known these days as a "gay poet", the only extended treatment of gay themes here is in his essay on Robert Duncan.… (mere)
 
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sjnorquist | Jan 27, 2013 |
Gunn has some lovely work here--the most notable poems are those focused on love, illness, or the contradictions of body working against spirit, or vice versa. While the illness poems are focused on AIDS, they're far more universal in meaning, and the book as a whole is both challenging and accessible. Language and imagery strengthens nearly every piece, making the narrative works especially as clear as short films and more powerful than you'd expect for a single page of verse.

My main complaint about the book, and the reason I gave it a lower rating than might be expected from what's typed above, is that the varying tones in the book make it a jarring read. This may well be on purpose, but so many of the poems are serious and meditative, while others are playful and joking (though still making meaning), that it's sometimes hard to transition from one poem to the next.

The characters and meanings are clear, but when you're wrapped up in story of love and social struggles, and suddenly a poem shows up which seems nearly wholly separate, the journey of the book as a whole is difficult to follow. As such, I think that some of the poems here would have been better included elsewhere, or at least in a single section, to make the more powerful book. On some level, I can see them useful as breaking the relatively heavy nature of the book, but I'm just not sure the effort really came through as positively as it could have.

Thus, I recommend the poems in the book, though I admit some disappointment with the construction of the volume as a whole. Still, separately, these are powerful beautiful poems, worth reading.
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