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All that You Praise I Take: A Glimpse of the Young Thom Gunn

All that You Praise I Take: A Glimpse of the Young Thom Gunn

Chapter:
(p.11) All that You Praise I Take: A Glimpse of the Young Thom Gunn
Source:
At the Barriers
Author(s):
Eavan Boland
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226890371.003.0002

In this chapter the author intends to sketch something of the young Thom Gunn as he first appeared to him: as a poet from a different world whom he tried to apprehend and, at first, only partially understood. This is a description of an inexact process whereby he offers this piece not as a scholarly or complete view of his first book, but rather as a snapshot of how younger poets first understand older ones. The author writes “I listened and listened. It all sounded strange to me—those blunt and thumping stanzas about cold roads and dance halls. And yet something about it was also familiar, startling, and thrilling. I was surprised, engaged, and lost.”

Keywords:   Thom Gunn, poet, stanzas, cold roads, dance halls

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