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Twentieth-Century Literature (2018) 64 (4): 387–412.
Published: 01 December 2018
...Chad Bennett This article reveals the formative interplay between the queer art of gossip and poetic practice in James Merrill’s The Changing Light at Sandover , a sprawling verse trilogy composed with the unlikely assistance of a Ouija board. The poem’s extensive gossip with the dead is often...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2020) 66 (1): 157–162.
Published: 01 March 2020
...Heather Cass White Work Cited Merrill James McClatchy J. D. Yenser Stephen . 2006 . The Changing Light at Sandover: With the Stage Adaptation “Voices from Sandover.” 2nd . ed. New York : Knopf . There is some question in my mind about which readers, exactly...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2005) 51 (2): 142–178.
Published: 01 June 2005
... the worlds in which we act and react. In The Changing Light at Sandover Merrill celebrates the metaphoric imagination, dramatizing especially the transformative contact it enables among compartmentalized selves and re­ lations to the world; such contact, he suggests, produces a more conscious...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2015) 61 (2): 272–279.
Published: 01 June 2015
... . Merrill James . 2001 . Collected Poems . Edited by McClatchy J. D. Yenser Stephen . New York : Knopf . Merrill James . 2003 . The Changing Light at Sandover: A Poem . New York : Knopf . Stevens Wallace . 1997 . Collected Poetry and Prose . Edited by Kermode...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2021) 67 (4): 483–490.
Published: 01 December 2021
... published Merrill’s Collected Poems (2001), Collected Novels and Plays (2002), Collected Prose (2004), and The Changing Light at Sandover (2006). Merrill’s readers now have a collection of works, edited by Stephen Yenser and J. D. McClatchy, that establishes his place as one of the major poets...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2005) 51 (2): 179–209.
Published: 01 June 2005
... Merrill’s own poetic efforts to explore his childhood, understand his sexuality, and cope with romantic losses. Bishop was famously the master of the “art of losing,” and Merrill described his own poetry as “chronicles of love and loss.”2 The poet of The Changing Light at Sandover, with its...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2013) 59 (4): 539–574.
Published: 01 December 2013
... Merrill is one such hesitant wayfarer; in his epic poem The Changing Light at Sandover, JM (as he calls himself there) professes to comply only grudgingly when spirits at the Ouija board command him to write “POEMS OF SCIENCE” (113): “Poems of Science? Ugh. / The very thought” [109 But Merrill...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2005) 51 (4): 491–494.
Published: 01 December 2005
... achievement of his later period, and perhaps of his entire work. It deserves at least a major essay by now, if not a whole book, like Robert Polito’s superb selec­ tion of essays about Merrill’s The Changing Light at Sandover. But in all of Considering the Radiance, it receives little more than...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2012) 58 (3): 532–539.
Published: 01 September 2012
... of sand in an early lyric, “Hourglass,” with the title of Merrill’s trilogy, The Changing Light at Sandover. She also draws attention to the centrality of love in Mer- rill’s work, thereby echoing her analyses of marriage in Frost’s poetry and Bishop’s partnership with Lota de Macedo Soares...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2004) 50 (3): 239–267.
Published: 01 September 2004
... merges (as in The Changing Light at Sandover) with the collaborative work of love. In figuring sexual love as a process both scientific and creative, Merrill may have in mind Stendhal’s De l’amour, which calls love a crystallization: Stendhal develops the metaphor by describing...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2002) 48 (2): 150–173.
Published: 01 June 2002
... through the “JM” of The Changing Light at Sandover,” which he referred to in A Different Person as “the semi-fictional JM” (DP 77). When asked by an interviewer what he would say to reviewers who claim that he is autobiographical, Mer­ rill replied,“To sound personal is the point” (Recitative 27...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2004) 50 (2): 167–191.
Published: 01 June 2004
...). Merrill’s imagination of the social world is notoriously hierarchical in appearance, and in The Changing Light at Sandover becomes unabashed in its appeal to the spiritually elite world constituted by the poem’s “circles of the brilliant and creative” (383). And the kind of friendship...