James Ingram Merrill was an American poet whose awards include the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry (1977) for Divine Comedies. His poetry falls into two distinct bodies of work: the polished and formalist (if deeply emotional) lyric poetry of his early career, and the epic narrative of occult communication with spirits and angels, titled The Changing Light at Sandover, which dominated his later career. Although most of his published work was poetry, he also wrote essays, fiction, and plays.
James Ingram Merrill was born in New York City to Hellen Ingram Merrill and Charles E. Merrill, founding partner of the Merrill Lynch investment firm. He had two older half ... more »
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- The Victor Dog
- The Broken Home
- Voices from the Other World
- An Urban Convalescence
- Home Fires
- Another April
- The Puzzle is no Puzzle
- The Candid Decorator
- A Mysterious Epigraph
- Manos Karastefanes
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I had gone so long without lovingJames Merrill (b. 1926), U.S. poet. Days of 1964 (l. 59-63). . . Norton Anthology of American Literature, The, Vols. I-II. Nina Baym and others, e...
I hardly knew what I was thinking.
Where I hid my face, your touch, quick, merciful
Blindfolded me. A god breathed from my lips.
''But you were everywhere beside me, masked,James Merrill (b. 1926), U.S. poet. Days of 1964 (l. 73-74). . . Norton Anthology of American Literature, The, Vols. I-II. Nina Baym and others, e...
As who was not, in laughter, pain, and love.''
''He thought of certain human hearts, their climbJames Merrill (b. 1926), U.S. poet. Laboratory Poem (l. 14-16). . . Introduction to Poetry, An. X. J. Kennedy, ed. (6th ed., 1986) Little, Brown &...
Through violence into exquisite disciplines
Of which, as it now appeared, they all expired.''
''In a room on the floor below,James Merrill (b. 1926), U.S. poet. The Broken Home (l. 5-8). . . New Oxford Book of American Verse, The. Richard Ellmann, ed. (1976) Oxford Unive...
Sunless, coolera brimming
Saucer of wax, marbly and dim
I have lit what's left of my life.''
''Always the same old storyJames Merrill (b. 1926), U.S. poet. The Broken Home (l. 40-42). . . New Oxford Book of American Verse, The. Richard Ellmann, ed. (1976) Oxford Uni...
Father Time and Mother Earth,
A marriage on the rocks.''
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