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 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.
 

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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

Contents

Introduction i
19
Bat tiePieces
53
Contents On the Photograph of a Corps Commander
104
Part One Jerusalem Cantos 2933
193
Part Two The Wilderness Cantos 2935
209
Part Four Bethlehem Cantos 1016
228
Editors Notes to Clarel excerpts
255
John Mar r and Other Sailors
263
Timoleon
305
Bibliography
345
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Douglas Robillard (1928-2012) served for 26 years at the University of New Haven, variously as English department chair, dean, and library director. He is the author of Melville and the Visual Arts: Ionian Form, Venetian Tint (Kent State University Press, 1997) and editor of The Poems of Herman Melville (Kent State University Press, 2000) and a facsimile edition of Melville's John Marr and Other Sailors, with Some Sea-Pieces (Kent State University Press, 2006).

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