Thomas Gardner: On "Dream Song 29"
… The thing that has broken his heart seems simply a heaviness to which no action ("weping") or amount of time can adequately respond. So dominant that any sound or smell recalls it, that heaviness remains a tangling of rage and responsibility for which Henry has no adequate object. …
from Thomas Gardner, "John Berryman’s Dream Songs," Chapter 1 in Discovering Ourselves in Whitman: The Contemporary American Long Poem (Urbana: U Illinois P, 1989), 40.
|Title||Thomas Gardner: On "Dream Song 29"||Type of Content||Criticism|
|Criticism Author||Thomas Gardner||Criticism Target||John Berryman|
|Criticism Type||Poet||Originally Posted||29 Mar 2016|
|Publication Status||Excerpted Criticism||Publication||John Berryman’s Dream Songs|
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