Prefaced by an account of the early days of Berryman studies by bibliographer and scholar Richard J. Kelly, "After thirty Falls" is the first collection of essays to be published on the American poet John Berryman (1914-1972) in over a decade. The book seeks to provoke new interest in this important figure with a group of original essays and appraisals by scholars from Ireland, the United Kingdom, Hong Kong, and the United States. Exploring such areas as the poet's engagements with Shakespeare and the American sonnet tradition, his use of the Trickster figure and the idea of performance in his poetics, it expands the interpretive framework by which Berryman may be evaluated and studied, and it will be of interest to students of modern American poetry at all levels. What makes the collection particularly valuable is its inclusion of previously unpublished material - including a translation of a poem by Catullus and excerpts from the poet's detailed notes on the life of Christ - thereby providing new contexts for future assessments of Berryman's contribution to the development of poetry, poetics, and the relationship between scholarship and other forms of writing in the twentieth century.
Acknowledgements Note on Abbreviations Richard J. KELLY: Preface Philip COLEMAN and Philip MCGOWAN: Introduction Matthew BOSWELL: The Black Book: John Berryman's Holocaust Requiem Alex RUNCHMAN: "Continuity with lovers dead": Berryman, Lowell, and the Twentieth-Century American Sonnet Page RICHARDS: The Written and the Oral in Homage to Mistress Bradstreet Ron CALLAN, Justin QUINN, Edward CLARKE, and Kit FRYATT: Encountering Henry: A Roundtable on Dream Song 1 Peter DENMAN: Form and Discontent: The Prosody of The Dream Songs Anthony CALESHU: "Dramatizing the dreadful": Affective Postures in The Dream Songs Michael HINDS: Allusions, Etc.: Berryman, Catullus, Sappho Stephen MATTERSON: "He lived like a rat": The Trickster in The Dream Songs Brendan COOPER : "One grand exception": The Dream Songs as Theodicy? Tom ROGERS: The Life of Berryman's Christ Maria JOHNSTON: "We write verse with our ears": Berryman's Music Peter MABER: John Berryman and Shakespearean Autobiography Philip COLEMAN: Love & Fame and the Self in Society Philip MCGOWAN: John Berryman and the Writing of Silence Lavinia GREENLAW, Brendan KENNELLY, Maura DOOLEY, Harry CLIFTON: After BERRYMAN: Four Poets Notes on Contributors Index