Collected Poems : 1923-1953 by Louise Bogan
New York : Noonday Press, 1954. First American Edition. First Printing. Hardcover. 126 pages ; 22 cm. $3.00 dust jacket with small tear at top of dust jacket spine. Lite foxing on front cloth cover board. Pages are clean and unmarked. Binding is firm.
Louise Bogan's name is revered wherever modern poetry read and appreciated. An artist, who from the first understood the tradition from which she sprang; and her own particular gifts, she has gone her way unmindful of the vogues of the moment. The result has been some of the most exquisitely-wrought lyrics in the language. A richly musical poetry, wonderfully precise in its; diction, it eschews the eccentric both - in image and attitude; in Coleridge's sense, it is highly imaginative, insight and feeling having been irrevocably fused. Such poetry does not date, and already anthologists and critics have realized that Miss Bogan's Contribution is important and permanent. Among those who have had high praise for her work are Marianne Moore and W. H. Auden. Miss Moore has written of her, "Louise Bogan's art is compactness compacted... she uses a kind of forged rhetoric that nevertheless seems inevitable....there is fire in the brazier, the thinker in the poet." The New Yorker has called her, "one, of the most distinguished poets and critics of poetry we have."
This, her/Collected Poems, gathers together al| of the poetry which she has written to date that she wishes preserved; and includes several new poems, none of which have appeared in afty of her previous collections.
Louise Bogan has published four volumes of poetry, Body of This Death, Dark Summer, The Sleeping Fury, and Poems and Poems. She was a fellow in American Letters of The Library of Congress in 1944 and held it's chair of poetry, 1945-6.
In 1950 MissBogan received a grant from the National Institute of Arts and Letters, and in 1951 was elected a member. Recipient of The Harriet Monroe Award in 1948 she is at present poetry critic of The New Yorker.
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