John Berryman





John Berryman

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born
in McAlester, Oklahoma, The United States
October 25, 1914

died
January 07, 1972

gender
male

genre

influences
Yeats


About this author

John Allyn Berryman (originally John Allyn Smith) was an American poet, born in McAlester, Oklahoma. He was a major figure in American poetry in the second half of the 20th century and often considered one of the founders of the Confessional school of poetry. He was the author of The Dream Songs, which are playful, witty, and morbid. Berryman committed suicide in 1972.

A pamphlet entitled Poems was published in 1942 and his first proper book, The Dispossessed, appeared six years later. Of his youthful self he said, 'I didn't want to be like Yeats; I wanted to be Yeats.' His first major work, in which he began to develop his own unique style of writing, was Homage to Mistress Bradstreet, which appeared in Partisan Review in 1953 and was publi
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The Dream Songs: Poems
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4.21 of 5 stars 4.21 avg rating — 4,424 ratings — published 1969 — 9 editions
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77 Dream Songs
4.17 of 5 stars 4.17 avg rating — 458 ratings — published 1964 — 8 editions
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Collected Poems, 1937-1971
4.33 of 5 stars 4.33 avg rating — 212 ratings — published 1989 — 3 editions
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Homage to Mistress Bradstreet
4.03 of 5 stars 4.03 avg rating — 104 ratings — published 1956 — 3 editions
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Selected Poems
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Recovery
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3.41 of 5 stars 3.41 avg rating — 76 ratings — published 1973 — 6 editions
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Berryman's Sonnets
4.33 of 5 stars 4.33 avg rating — 58 ratings — published 1967 — 4 editions
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Love & Fame
3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 53 ratings — published 1970 — 3 editions
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His Toy, His Dream, His Res...
4.44 of 5 stars 4.44 avg rating — 34 ratings — published 1968 — 2 editions
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Delusions, Etc.
3.69 of 5 stars 3.69 avg rating — 35 ratings — published 1973 — 4 editions
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More books by John Berryman…
“You should always be trying to write a poem you are unable to write, a poem you lack the technique, the language, the courage to achieve. Otherwise you're merely imitating yourself, going nowhere, because that's always easiest.”
John Berryman

“I am so wise I had my mouth sewn shut.”
John Berryman

“Life, friends, is boring. We must not say so.
After all, the sky flashes, the great sea yearns,
we ourselves flash and yearn”
John Berryman, The Dream Songs: Poems

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