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Diversifications. 1975. The Snow Poems. 1977. The Selected Poems 1951-1977. 1977. Reading List: "Ammons Issue" of Diacritics, 1974. R. Ammons is one of the most prolific poets of his generation, amassing to date some dozen books of verse that have won him the National Book Award in 1973, for his Collected Poems /951-/971, and the Bollingen Award for Sphere: The Form of a Motion. The earliest poems, searching boldly for a center of self from which to project his persona, achieve their best effect from his recklessly strewn imagery and the pressure of his imagination to find the edges and furthest barriers of experience.
As he remarked in a later poem, I know that I braid too much my own Snapped-off perceptions of things as they come to me. They are private and always will be. The root of Ashbery's lyric style may be traced back to the Symbolists. and to the allusive poems ofT. S. Eliot, whose echo is frequently heard in Ashbery's work. At his best, Ashbery can give uncanny immediacy to his language; his stance of uncertainty before life draws him to the appearance of the phenomenal world which he contemplates in a delicate, sinewy language.
At age fifty, after two decades of playwriting, Edward Albee remains the most controversial playwright of the United States. Critics are divided as to whether he is a realist or absurdist. Critics and public are divided as to the quality of his writing after Who's Afraid q(Virginia Woo((? Actors and directors are divided as to whether he is wise to direct his own plays. Never one to soar above the battle, Albee wittily attacks his attackers. More importantly, he continues to write plays in his own restless search for new dramatic forms.
20th-Century American Literature by Warren French (auth.)