Thomas Gardner: On "Dream Song 29"

… The thing that has broken his heart seems simply a heaviness to which no action ("weping") or amount of time can adequately respond. So dominant that any sound or smell recalls it, that heaviness remains a tangling of rage and responsibility for which Henry has no adequate object. … 


from Thomas Gardner, "John Berryman’s Dream Songs," Chapter 1 in Discovering Ourselves in Whitman: The Contemporary American Long Poem (Urbana: U Illinois P, 1989), 40.


Title Thomas Gardner: On "Dream Song 29" Type of Content Criticism
Criticism Author Thomas Gardner Criticism Target John Berryman
Criticism Type Poet Originally Posted 29 Mar 2016
Publication Status Excerpted Criticism Publication John Berryman’s Dream Songs
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