Marriage Poems

By John Hollander (Editor); Kevin Young (Editor)
(Everyman's Library, Hardcover, 9780679455158, 255pp.)

Publication Date: April 29, 1997

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A sparkling collection of poems about virtually every aspect of matrimony: courtships and weddings, adulteries and separations, domestic harmony, wedded bliss. Here are marriages made in many cultures and eras, delightfully evoked by poets ranging from Shakespeare to Omar Khayyám to D.H. Lawrence and Mona Van Duyn. From the rapturous infatuation of the Song of Songs to Ovid's cynical advice on 'The Art of Deceiving a Husband,' no facet of the matrimonial state remains unexplored.




About the Author
John Hollander is the author of eighteen previous books of poetry. His first, "A Crackling of Thorns," was chosen by W. H. Auden as the 1958 volume in the Yale Series of Younger Poets. He has written eight books of criticism and edited "The Laurel Ben Jonson; "an anthology of contemporary poetry, "Poems of Our Moment;" and, with Harold Bloom, "The Wind and the Rain," an anthology of verse for young people. He was a coeditor of "The Oxford Anthology of English Literature" and is the editor (with Anthony Hecht, with whom he shared the Bollingen Prize in Poetry in 1983) of "Jiggery-Pokery: A Compendium of Double Dactyls," Mr. Hollander attended Columbia and Indiana universities, was a junior fellow at the Society of Fellows of Harvard University, and in 1990 was made a fellow of the MacArthur Foundation. He taught at Connecticut College and Yale, and was professor of English at Hunter College and the Graduate Center, CUNY. He is currently Sterling Professor Emeritus of English at Yale.

Kevin Young is the author of five previous collections of poetry. His book "Jelly Roll "was a finalist for the National Book Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and won the Paterson Poetry Prize. His most recent collection, "For the Confederate Dead," won the 2007 Quill Award for poetry. He has also been the recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship, and is currently the Atticus Haygood Professor of English and Creative Writing and curator of the Raymond Danowski Poetry Library at Emory University in Atlanta.
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