The Poems of Herman Melville

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Kent State University Press, 2000 - Poetry - 349 pages
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Unlike his fiction, which has been popular and often reprinted, Melville's poetry remains obscure: The last "collected poems" appeared in 1947 and "selected poems" in the 1970s, and only two books dealing exclusively with Melville's poetry have appeared, both published in the 1970s. In this revised edition of his Poems of Herman Melville, Douglas Robillard updates the scholarship on the poetry through his introduction and notes and makes a case for a revised estimate of the importance of Melville as a poet.

The Poems of Herman Melville contains entire texts of "Battle-Pieces" (1866), "John Marr and Other Sailors" (1888), and "Timoleon" (1891). Selected cantos from "Clarel" are reprinted with accompanying notes and commentary. Melville scholars will appreciate the depth and scope of this addition to the critical study of this American poet.


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This collection of poetry is edited by Melville scholar Robillard, author of the book-length study Melville and the Visual Arts as well as a number of periodical articles. It presents the complete ... Read full review

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A most excellent compilation of Melville's poetry, edited by Dougas Robillard. Includes Battle Pieces, John Marr and Timoleon. Also varied pieces including one I really liked: Art In placid hours well ... Read full review


Introduction i
Bat tiePieces
Contents On the Photograph of a Corps Commander
Part One Jerusalem Cantos 2933
Part Two The Wilderness Cantos 2935
Part Four Bethlehem Cantos 1016
Editors Notes to Clarel excerpts
John Mar r and Other Sailors

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Herman Melville (1819-1891) was an American novelist, short story writer, essayist, and poet who received wide acclaim for his earliest novels, such as "Typee" and "Redburn", but fell into relative obscurity by the end of his life. Today, Melville is hailed as one of the definitive masters of world literature for novels including "Moby Dick" and "Billy Budd", as well as for enduringly popular short stories such as "Bartleby", "the Scrivener" and "The Bell-Tower".

DOUGLAS ROBILLARD JR. is Professor of English at the University of Arkansas, Pine Bluff. He specializes in modern literature but as a generalist he has diverse teaching and research interests.

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