The Old Life
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- Languages:English (Unknown), English (Original Language), English (Published)
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- Dimensions (in):9 x 6 x 0.4
- Publication Date:April 23, 1997
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For nearly forty years, Donald Hall has stood in the front rank of American poets. The title poem, an autobiographical sequence, takes Hall from his boyhood to his growing acquaintance with poets--seniors like Robert Frost and contemporaries like Robert Bly. It sees him growing into manhood, fatherhood, grandfatherhood, and a happy second marriage. When his life inevitably moves into vicissitude, even tragedy, he will tell the dreadful truth about himself and the challenges of his time on earth.
In his first book of poems since the death of his wife, the gifted poet Jane Kenyon, Hall reviews his life, considering and re-casting scenes that have haunted him. These include his great-uncle's hands, "white as Wonder bread," a ruined Halloween, and T.S. Eliot's advice to young Hall, newly arrived at Oxford: "Have you any long underwear?" It is Kenyon's death, though, that Hall is moving toward. His simple lines speak worlds about grief's searing intensity.
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