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The Braided Dream: Robert Penn Warrens Late Poetry Randolph Paul Runyon

The Braided Dream: Robert Penn Warrens Late Poetry

Randolph Paul Runyon

Published July 7th 2014
ISBN : 9780813154299
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264 pages
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Robert Penn Warrens reputation as a poet, though always considerable, has soared in the last decade, as indicated by his recent selection as Americas first poet laureate. The Braided Dream is one of the first book-length studies of the poetryMoreRobert Penn Warrens reputation as a poet, though always considerable, has soared in the last decade, as indicated by his recent selection as Americas first poet laureate. The Braided Dream is one of the first book-length studies of the poetry that has led to Warrens recent rise to eminence and the first to consider his final collection, Altitudes and Extensions.In a communicable, jargon-free style that will appeal to the nonacademic reader as well as the serious scholar, Randolph Paul Runyon provides a detailed and illuminating guide to a body of poetry that, despite its greatness, has until now seemed resistant to full understanding.Every poem of Warrens last four sequences -- Now and Then, Being Here, Rumor Verified, and Altitudes and Extensions -- is given a close reading, with a precise laying-out of words, phrases, and recurring images that not only enrich the texture of the poetry but are themselves the texture. Runyon demonstrates the relevance of Freuds concept of the dream work of the unconscious to a reading of this tightly interwoven poetry. He shows how Warrens poems assume additional meanings by the poets very arrangement of them, deepening his thesis by arguing that poems eat poems as each reuses and reconceptualizes the imagery of its predecessor, frequently with ironic or parodic effect.