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The Mays of Ventadorn [Paperback]

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Author Author : Merwin, W.S.
ISBN-10 ISBN-10 : 1556595468
ISBN-13 ISBN-13 : 9781556595462
Publisher Publisher : Copper Canyon Press
Pages Pages : 192
Binding Binding : Paperback
Item ID : 102532300

Merwins verse often gives the impression of language scavenged from the elements, its power reckoned only as its meanings assemble, phrase by phrase, against the white of the page. Simple astonishment, one of the rarest of all literary experiences, is the most potent outcome. The New Yorker

Merwins skill is matched by his wisdom and his ability to connect a particular moment with something larger. The Washington Post

Two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning poet W. S. Merwin turns his mastery of language and powerful attention to the origins of twelfth-century Proven?al troubadours. Merwin deftly blends personal anecdoteshis pilgrimage at the age of eighteen to visit Ezra Pound at St. Elizabeths hospital, his purchase of an abandoned farmhouse in Quercywith his exploration of Southern Frances rich history and linguistic heritage.

We sat in a tower of the old library building , a long room among the rafters, a kind of loft that had never been finished like the rooms on the floors below, so that our graceless attempts at giving voice to a few sounds and phrases of medieval French took place inside masonry that had been designed to resemble a fortified belfry or a keep with battlements.

A preeminent voice in American literature with a prolific career spanning over half a century, W. S. Merwin has received nearly every accolade available to an American poet including Pulitzer Prizes for his booksCarrier of Ladders(1971) andThe Shadow of Sirius(2009). He currently lives in Haiku, Hawaii.

In the light between rains, on a morning late in spring. the wooded hillsides, the squat stone farmhouses, the barnyards, and the tall, shell-gray, isolated ruins on the ridge appeared to be standing in a single shadow.The ruins were all that was left, by the end of the twentieth century, of the ch?teau of Ventadour (or, in its original Occitan, Ventadorn) in the volcanic foothills of the massif central , in sl“›

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