Merrill, co-founder of the Merrill Lynch brokerage firm. Merrill attended Amherst College; though his education was interrupted by a stint in the U. In he published his first collection, The Black Swan. Spending a few years traveling abroad in Europe after graduating, Merrill eventually settled in Stonington, Connecticut with his long-term partner, the writer David Jackson.
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Merrill, co-founder of the Merrill Lynch brokerage firm. Merrill attended Amherst College; though his education was interrupted by a stint in the U. In he published his first collection, The Black Swan. Spending a few years traveling abroad in Europe after graduating, Merrill eventually settled in Stonington, Connecticut with his long-term partner, the writer David Jackson. Though Merrill was wealthy his entire life, he understood the plight of many artists and founded the Ingram Merrill Foundation in , a permanent endowment created for writers and painters.
Each book seems more spacious because of the one which has come before. In the Atlantic Monthly, poet X. Embracing mysticism and the occult, Merrill believed, like Yeats—whose wife was a medium—that he received inspiration from the world beyond.
Auden , and Marcel Proust—who was also dismissed as a mere aesthete early in his career. With each step he took away from formalism, Merrill gained critical ground. Together these three poems form a trilogy that was published with a new coda in The Changing Light at Sandover, an unprecedented page epic that records the Ouija board sessions Merrill and David Jackson conducted with spirits from the other world.
Merrill organized each section of the trilogy to reflect a different component of their homemade Ouija board. The progression of poems also represents a kind of celestial hierarchy, with each book representing communication with a higher order of spirits than the one before. Humans in the poem are identified by their initials—DJ and JM; spirits speak in all capitals. By the time Merrill transcribed the lessons of the archangels in book three, he offered nothing less than a model of the universe.
He continued to write poetry and prose until his death, often treating, in subtle ways, the AIDS epidemic that ravaged his friend group, and to which he himself succumbed.
Other posthumous volumes followed, including Collected Poems and Selected Poems , both edited by J. McClatchy and Stephen Yenser. It includes his entire body of poetry excluding juvenilia and The Changing Light at Sandover.
In addition, Collected Poems brings together for the first time 21 translations from Apollinaire, Montale, Cavafy, and others and 44 previously uncollected poems, including elegies to Philip Larkin , Elizabeth Bishop , and others. But if one were to bypass his work, one would be missing some of the finest poems written in English in the middle of last century.
JAMES MERRILL THE CHANGING LIGHT AT SANDOVER PDF
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