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By P. Gwiazda

James Merrill and W.H. Auden bargains a considerable research of the literary and private dating among significant twentieth-century poets. As Gwiazda argues, Auden's prominence within the post-World conflict II American poetry scene as a gay poet and critic makes his effect on Merrill quite noteworthy. Merrill's imaginary activity of Auden in his occult verse trilogy The altering gentle at Sandover (1982) deals a strong assertion concerning the dynamics of poetic impression among homosexual male poets. Combining archival learn, textual research, and features of queer idea, James Merrill and W.H. Auden examines Sandover's implications to the contentious problems with gay identification and self-representation.

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Especially post-Enlightenment poets tend to experience the anxiety of influence as they recognize their derivativeness, or belatedness, with respect to the achievement of the past. The quest for poetic selfhood takes the form of an intertexual struggle (or “agon”) with an individual precursor through a process of revisionary reading (or “misreading”) of the precursor’s work. H. ” Bloom’s theory moves the concept of influence away from Eliot’s haunted gallery of literary monuments into the murky forest of literary transference.

Certainly I was inspired to try some of these things myself. The Age of Anxiety was so murky by contrast” (Prose, 64). Auden’s sequel to The Tempest features a variety of traditional forms and meters, including quatrains, terza rima, sonnet, ballad, sestina, and villanelle. ” The Changing Light at Sandover features plenty of instances of Merrill modeling himself on Auden’s technical skill: Rubaiyat quatrains, sonnets, villanelles, terza rima, and even a canzone. H. ”37 The remarks Merrill makes in interviews show that he also considered the use of formal modes and metrical patterns an effective tool for handling personal material.

Much of this stance is modeled on Auden’s rhetorical strategies of symbolic coding, obscure allusion, and camp irony when it comes to the articulation of queer selfhood. When Merrill addresses the subject of same-sex desire in his poems, he does so primarily in the form of profound meditations on the relationship between authenticity and artifice, thus proving himself a genuine “pupil” of Auden. But, as I argue in this chapter, Merrill’s skillfully deployed rhetoric of inauthenticity in his pre-Sandover poems occasionally surpasses even the effects of Auden’s double-talk.

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