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Turns and Movies: The Early Poetry of Conrad Aiken

Turns and Movies: The Early Poetry of Conrad Aiken

Written by Conrad Aiken

Narrated by Robert Bethune


Turns and Movies: The Early Poetry of Conrad Aiken

Written by Conrad Aiken

Narrated by Robert Bethune

Length:
2 hours
Released:
Dec 14, 2011
ISBN:
9781933311661
Format:
Audiobook

Description

Conrad Aiken was fascinated throughout his early work with the image of a tempestuous, romantic young man who tears himself away from his wife, his first love, and from a pastoral, peaceful life in a rural setting, to pursue what he hopes will be a richer, fuller, more rewarding life in a great city. In this book, Aiken explores this theme in full, especially in the final long poem, Dust in Starlight, which also forms Part III of his trilogy, Earth Triumphant.

However, that story is not the only concern in this collection. He also provides us with a stunningly dry-eyed study of existence in the trenches of World War I, an environment as far from the urban heart-searchings of his primary poems as one could imagine.

Throughout the book, Aiken's work is deeply embedded in his vivid perceptions of the natural world, the qualities of light and shadow, the mysteries of night and darkness, the strangely mixed peace and fury of rain and wind and storm. He expresses himself in deeply musical fashion, using repetition, theme, and rhythm much as a composer would, providing a hypnotic experience of the power of musical language.

Enjoy!

Released:
Dec 14, 2011
ISBN:
9781933311661
Format:
Audiobook

About the author

Conrad Aiken (1889–1973) was an American poet, novelist, and short story author, and one of the most acclaimed writers of the twentieth century. His numerous honors include the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, the National Book Award for Poetry, the Bollingen Prize, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters Gold Medal. Born in Savannah, Georgia, Aiken was orphaned at a young age and was raised by his great-great-aunt in Massachusetts. He attended Harvard University with T. S. Eliot and was a contributing editor to the influential literary journal the Dial, where he befriended Ezra Pound. Aiken published more than fifty works of poetry, fiction, and criticism, including the novels Blue Voyage, Great Circle, King Coffin, A Heart for the Gods of Mexico, and Conversation, and the widely anthologized short stories “Silent Snow, Secret Snow” and “Mr. Arcularis.” He played a key role in establishing Emily Dickinson’s status as a major American poet, mentored a young Malcolm Lowry, and served as the US poet laureate from 1950 to 1952. Aiken returned to Savannah eleven years before his death; the epitaph on his tombstone in Bonaventure Cemetery reads: Cosmos Mariner, Destination Unknown.


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