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Analysis and comments on Dream Song 3: A Stimulant for an Old Beast by John Berryman

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.

Anton from Mongolia
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
Comment 1 of 4, added on July 6th, 2005 at 11:50 PM.

Frankly, this poem has me scratching my head. It does lend itself to free

Christine Strevinsky from United States

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Information about Dream Song 3: A Stimulant for an Old Beast

Poet: John Berryman
Poem: 3. Dream Song 3: A Stimulant for an Old Beast
Volume: 77 Dream Songs
Year: 1964
Added: Feb 20 2003
Viewed: 9396 times
Poem of the Day: Jun 26 2005

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