Visions and Revisions
The Poet's Process
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  • Publication Date: October 4, 2001
  • ISBN: 9781551113258 / 1551113252
  • 288 pages; 6" x 9"
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Visions and Revisions

The Poet's Process

  • Publication Date: October 4, 2001
  • ISBN: 9781551113258 / 1551113252
  • 288 pages; 6" x 9"

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.

Comments

“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

PREFACE
INTRODUCTION

WILLIAM BLAKE 1757-1827

  • Introduction
    The Lamb
    The Tyger
    Chimney Sweeper
    The Little Boy Lost
    Holy Thursday
    Infant Joy
    Infant Sorrow
    London

EMILY DICKINSON 1830-1886

  • 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 1865-1939

  • 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 1893-1918

  • Anthem for Doomed Youth
    The Send-Off
    The Last Laugh
    The Dead-Beat
    S. I. W.
    Smile, Smile, Smile
    Inspection
    Soldier’s Dream
    To My Friend
    1914

W.H. AUDEN 1907-1973

  • Taller To-day
    Consider
    At the Grave of Henry James
    In Memory of W.B. Yeats

DYLAN THOMAS 1914-1953

  • 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 1916-

  • The Hidden Room
    Single Traveller
    The New Bicycle
    Hologram
    The Gold Sun
    Lily on the Patio

PHILIP LARKIN 1922-1985

  • At Grass
    Deceptions
    Coming
    Reasons for Attendance
    How
    Days

SYLVIA PLATH 1932-1963

  • Burning the Letters
    Lady Lazarus
    Medusa
    Ariel
    Edge
    Words

STEPHEN WATSON 1954-

  • Rainmaking with a Bow-String
    The Lost Tobacco Pouch: A Song
    Sorcerers Are Like Lions
    Presentiments
    The Rain That is Male
    The Abandoned Old Woman

THREE POETS

ROBERT FROST 1874-1963

  • In White
    Design

WILLIAM CARLOS WILLIAMS 1883-1963

  • The Locust Tree in Flower
    Young Woman at a Window

ROBERT LOWELL 1917-1977

  • Water

JOHN KEATS 1795-1821

  • The Eve of St. Agnes

MISCELLANY OF POETS

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE 1564-1616

  • Sonnet 129

MATTHEW ARNOLD 1822-1888

  • Quiet Work
    Philomela
    Dover Beach

GERARD MANLEY HOPKINS 1844-1889

  • The Windhover

D.H. LAWRENCE 1885-1930

  • Renascence
    Violets
    The Piano
    Man’s Image
    Bavarian Gentians

MARIANNE MOORE 1887-1972

  • Poetry

JAMES EMANUEL 1921-

  • Bill Clinton
    Tina Turner

ALICIA OSTRIKER 1937-

  • The Dogs at Live Oak Beach, Santa Cruz
    The Kiss of Judas

STAN ROGAL 1950-

  • Sub Rosa Transformation: 4

JILLBATTSON 1958-

  • 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)

HOMER

  • Odyssey XI (1616)
    Odyssey XI (1673)
    Odyssey XI (c. 1673-1677)
    Odyssey XI (1897)

CATULLUS

  • Caeli, Lesbia nostra (1931)
    Caeli, Lesbia nostra (c. 1949)
    Lesbia me dicit (c. 1735)
    Lesbia me dicit (1931)

PETRARCH

  • Sonetto in Vita 91 (1557)
    Sonetto in Vita 91 (1557)
    Sonetto in Vita 91 (1892)

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
ABOUT THE EDITORS

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).