The Mooring Of Starting Out by John AshberyThe Mooring Of Starting Out by John Ashbery

The Mooring Of Starting Out

byJohn Ashbery


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Most critics would agree that John Ashbery is one of 20th-century American poetry's finest voices. Perhaps his most admired book is Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror, a culmination of themes, styles, and forms with which the poet experimented over the course of two decades. Now, the poet's devoted readers can trace his development through the first five books of his poetry, collected here in one handy volume. The Mooring of Starting Out represents Ashbery's work from 1956 through 1972, comprising Some Trees, his first book; The Tennis Court Oath, written while he was living in Paris.

"Ashbery's poems do not evade the real; they deny it the power to prevent other realities from being conceived." (Paul Gray, Time)
Title:The Mooring Of Starting OutFormat:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.91 inPublisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0880015470

ISBN - 13:9780880015479


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome The greatest living poet in the English language!
Date published: 2017-01-03

From Our Editors

It's Clear at the end of the twentieth century that John Ashbery is one of the most important American poets writing today. The Mooting of Starting Out demonstrates his early bravado and extraordinary development as a poet over the first twenty years of his poetic career, beginning with his stunning debut collection, Some Trees, which W. H. Auden chose in 1956 to be published in the Yale Younger Poets Series. This extraordinary volume juxtaposes what has been called Ashbery's most accessible book, The Double Dream of Spring (0970), with the highly idiosyncratic and much admired prose poetry of Three Poems (1972). Along with The Tennis Court Oath and Rivers and Mountains, which was nominated for a National Book Award in 1967, these are the books that brought Ashbery's brilliant star into focus.

Editorial Reviews

"His poetry appeals not because it offers wisdom in a packaged form, but because the elusiveness and mysterious promise of his lines remind us that we always have a future and a condition of meaningfulness to start out toward. This book of beginnings takes us back to the mooring of John Ashbery's starting out, 'that day so long ago.' It contains a poetry whose beauties are endless."-- "New York Times Book Review""Ashbery's poems do not evade the real; they deny it the power to prevent other realities from being conceived."-- Paul Gray, "Time""This is the best possible introduction to the brilliant, difficult, and beautiful work of this poet."-- "Publishers Weekly""No one writing poems in the English language is likelier than Ashbery to survive the severe judgments of time.... He is joining that American sequence that includes Whitman, Dickinson, Stevens, and Hart Crane."-- "Harold Bloom""The chances are very good that [Ashbery] will come to dominate the last third of this century as Yeats dominated the first."-- "Poetry"