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Visions and Revisions 

Visions and Revisions

The Poet's Process

Edited by: Robert Burr & Barry Wallenstein

Publication Date: January 01, 2002
288pp • Paperback
ISBN: 9781551113258 / 1551113252

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For copyright reasons, this anthology is available only in the US and Canada.

This anthology takes a unique approach to the process of poetry. Each poem included in the book is followed by at least one earlier draft or version of that poem. The reader is thus able to explore the development of the poet's vision and to make a variety of historical, aesthetic, and intellectual comparisons.

The poets represented have been chosen both on the basis of the aesthetic strength of their work and on the grounds of the availability of previous versions of their work. The inclusion of a number of selections by poets ranging from Dickinson and Yeats to Larkin, Plath, and P.K. Page allows readers to focus in some depth on the work of these poets. Though the anthology makes no claim to present a selection fully representative of different eras, regions, or poetic styles, the inclusion of a miscellany as a final chapter adds a substantial measure of breadth to the anthology.

Each chapter includes brief commentary by the editors, and questions follow each set of poems.


"Anyone who wants to achieve what the editors call 'intimacy with the poem' will find delight in this collection, which enables the reader to enter the poet's workshop and see how poems are created. I don't know any other book like this one, with its multitude of drafts of poems by English, American and Canadian poets. Writers, teachers of writing, and student writers will learn from it, not to mention those content to read and enjoy poetry." - Bert Almon, University of Alberta

"In its celebration of the poetic incarnations that prefigure, recall and/or trouble 'definitive' versions, Visions and Revisions brings us into intimate relation with the poem as process...Wallenstein and Burr offer students, teachers, all lovers of poetry the thrill of the archives. They also invite us to linger between the versions, where we witness the dynamic of composition and, indeed, the very engine of poetic language at work: the curve and torque of image, tone, rhythm, cadence, syllable." - Susan Holbrook, University of Windsor

Barry Wallenstein is the author of five collections of poetry. He teaches literature and creative writing at City College in New York and is also an editor of the journal, American Book Review. He has made four recordings of his poetry with jazz collaboration, the most recent being a CD, Tony's Blues (Cadence Jazz Records 2001). Robert Burr currently lives and works in New York City and has taught freshman composition at Bronx Community College, Medgar Evers College, and The City College of New York. Mr. Burr's poetry was recently published in chapbook form under the title Trading Bits of Dream (Ridgeway Press, 1999).

Academics please note that this is a title classified as having a restricted allocation of complimentary copies. While the availability of bound complimentary copies is restricted to desk copies only, electronic complimentary copies are readily available for those professors wishing to consider this title for possible course adoption. Should you choose to adopt the book after viewing an electronic copy we will be happy to provide a bound desk copy.

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William Blake


The Lamb

The Tyger

Chimney Sweeper

The Little Boy Lost

Holy Thursday

Infant Joy

Infant Sorrow


Emily Dickinson

Heart! We will forget him!

Just lost, when I was saved!

I taste a liquor never brewed--

Safe in their Alabaster Chambers

He put the Belt around my life

I felt a Funeral, in my Brain

There came a Day at Summer's full

I heard a Fly buzz--when I died--

Dare you see a Soul at the White Heat?

Because I could not stop for Death

I felt a Cleaving in my Mind--

What mystery pervades a well!

As Imperceptibly as Grief

William Butler Yeats

A Cradle Song

The Sorrow of Love

A Dream of Death

The Hosting of the Sidhe

The Two Trees

The Cap and Bells

Wilfred Owen

Anthem for Doomed Youth

The Send-Off

The Last Laugh

The Dead-Beat


Smile, Smile, Smile


Soldier's Dream

To My Friend


W.H. Auden

Taller To-Day


At the Grave of Henry James

In Memory of W.B. Yeats

Dylan Thomas

The Hunchback in the Park

If I Were Tickled by the Rub of Love

Especially When the October Wind

The Force That Through the Green Fuse Drives the Flower

P.K. Page

The Hidden Room

Single Traveller

The New Bicycle


The Gold Sun

Lily on the Patio

Philip Larkin

At Grass



Reasons for Attendance



Sylvia Plath

Burning the Letters

Lady Lazarus





Stephen Watson

Rainmaking with a Bow-String

The Lost Tobacco Pouch: A Song

Sorcerers Are like Lions


The Rain That is Male

The Abandoned Old Woman

Three Poets

Robert Frost

In White


William Carlos Williams

The Locust Tree in Flower

Young Woman at a Window

Robert Lowell


John Keats

The Eve of St. Agnes

Miscellany of Poets

William Shakespeare

Sonnet 129

Mathew Arnold

Quiet Work


Dover Beach

Gerard Manley Hopkins

The Windhover

D.H. Lawrence



The Piano

Man's Image

Bavarian Gentians

Marianne Moore


James Emanuel

Bill Clinton

Tina Turner

Alicia Osteriker

The Dogs at Live Oak Beach, Santa Cruz

The Kiss of Judas

Stan Rogal

Sub Rosa Transformation

Jill Battson

Parasites of Age and History

Desert Woman

Appendix: Translations

The Holy Bible

Psalm 15 (1611)

Psalm 15: A Psalm of David (1917)

A Psalm of David: 15 (1952)


Odyssey XI (1616)

Odyssey XI (1673)

Odyssey XI (c. 1673-1677)

Odyssey XI (1897)


Caeli, Lesbia nostra (1931)

Caeli, Lesbia nostra (c. 1949)

Lesbia me dicit (c. 1735)

Lesbia me dicit (1931)


Sonetto in Vita 91 (1557)

Sonetto in Vita 91 (1557)

Sonetto in Vita 91 (1892)

About the Editors

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