Coming of Age: New and Selected Poems

Coming of Age: New and Selected Poems

Coming of Age: New and Selected Poems

Coming of Age: New and Selected Poems

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The poems with which this book opens were composed since the publication of my latest volume of verse. Except for the translations and a few earlier pieces not before included in any of my books, the rest have been chosen from six volumes issued between 1919 and 1954. These poems are arranged in roughly chronological order. Some have been revised. Among those that I am sorry to omit is one that received public recognition, a few that have been anthologized, and some others admired by fellow poets and critics. On recent scrutiny these pieces did not sufficiently content me and I was unable to rework them to my satisfaction. This accounts as well for the exclusion of a book-length poem, "Epistle to Prometheus" (1931). I have also omitted--although I have a liking for them--several pieces of light verse.

Translation may be an impertinence or a crime; it is always a risk. Encouraged by friends and strangers here and abroad, I have continued to take the risk. In a single instance it has been absent, that of the composition by the German poet, Christian Morgenstern, which follows:

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