Poet: John Berryman
Dream Song 3: A Stimulant for an Old Beast
Volume: 77 Dream Songs
Year: Published/Written in 1964
Poem of the Day:
Jun 26 2005
Comment 4 of 4, added on February 10th, 2012 at 11:02 AM.
You’re tllatoy right. All the Rock & Republic shoes are so versatile, great for Friday night and for brunch the morning after.
Comment 3 of 4, added on June 3rd, 2007 at 3:46 PM.
It's not free association (or at least not anymore than the other Dream Songs are). It is very clearly about infidelities with a younger person (a student, perhaps). Guilt tinged with images of excitement and eroticism.
Rilke was a jerk in that he was a manipulator, a womanizer, a terrible excuse for a friend who abandoned supportive lovers for benefactors, and an overall smarmy, phony guy who many literary giants of the time absolutely could not stand. (Beautiful poetry, though). See Robert Freedman's biography Life of A Poet.
Comment 2 of 4, added on January 12th, 2007 at 3:19 PM.
I don't enjoy this poem but I will say that it has great meaning.
Lauren from Armenia
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