Defeats and Dreams

  • Stephen Matterson


In their final works Randall Jarrell, Elizabeth Bishop and Theodore Roethke firmly consolidated their previous achievements. Some of their finest poetry is in these books: Jarrell’s The Lost World (1965), Roethke’s The Far Field (1964), and Bishop’s Geography III (1976). There can be no doubt that these books confirm the high reputation of the authors, and are entirely consistent with their overall achievement. True, Jarrell’s poems in The Lost World are more overtly personal than much of his previous work, but all the same, this does not represent a radical new departure for him.


Moral Judgement Religious Faith Imaginative Power Previous Achievement Poetic Imagination 
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Notes and References

  1. 1.
    Donald Hall, Georgia Review, xxxii (1978) pp. 10, 12.Google Scholar
  2. 3.
    James Atlas, Delmore Schwartz: The Life of an American Poet (New York: Avon Books, 1977) p. 349.Google Scholar
  3. 6.
    Helen Vendler, Part of Nature, Part of Us (Cambridge MA: Harvard University Press, 1980) p. 169.Google Scholar

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