25 October 1914 - 7 January 1972
Dream Song 1: Huffy Henry Hid The Day
Dream Song 14: Life, Friends, Is Boring
Dream Song 29: There Sat Down, Once, A Thing
The artist is extremely lucky who is presented with the worst possible ordeal which will not actually kill him. At that point, he's in business.
John Berryman (1914-1972), U.S. poet. Interview in Writers at Work, Fourth Series, ed. George Plimpton (1976).
31 Jul 12:32
His best poem, I think, is 'The Traveller'. The speaker in the poem is hyper-sensitive to what other people think of him. He finds company with the couple who get off the train, so he does too. The 'Dream Songs' are not as good at all.
24 Feb 2018 12:30
This guy Berryman makes my itch.
04 Sep 2014 05:37
I am reading Dream Songs. I cant really like this poetry. I like Lowell so much, I thought I could eventually like Berryman, but no. Lowell is sculptural, so dramatic and so inventive. Berryman just seems kind of...whiny