John Allyn Berryman was an American poet and scholar, born in McAlester, Oklahoma. He was a major figure in American poetry in the second half of the 20th century and was considered a key figure in the Confessional school of poetry. His best-known work is The Dream Songs.
Life and Career
John Berryman was born and raised in Oklahoma until the age of 10, when his father, John Smith, a banker, and his mother, Martha, who was a schoolteacher, moved to Tampa, Florida. In 1926, in Florida, when the poet was twelve, his father shot and killed himself just outside his son's bedroom window. Berryman was haunted by his father's suicide for the rest of his life and would ... more »
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- The Ball Poem
- Winter Landscape
- Dream Song 324: An Elegy for W.C.W., the...
- Sonnet 115
- Dream Song 28: Snow Line
- Dream Song 39: Goodbye, sir, & fare ...
- The Curse
- Dream Song 18: A Strut for Roethke
- Dream Song 48: He yelled at me in Greek
- Dream Song 55: Peter's not friendly. He ...
- Sonnet 117 - All we were going strong
- Dream Song 1: Huffy Henry hid the day
- Dream Song 117: Disturbed, when Henry's ...
- Dream Song 93: General Fatigue stalked i...
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''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).
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