The Changing Light at Sandover [James Merrill, J. D. McClatchy, Stephen Yenser ] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. A welcome return to. Editorial Reviews. Review. “An astonishing performance As near to [a masterpiece] as The Changing Light at Sandover by [Merrill, James]. 26 Apr There is nothing else in American poetry like the late James Merrill’s multiple- prize-winning The Changing Light at Sandover, a page epic.

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He countered with Omeros by Derek Walcott and this huge magnum opus pages by James Merrill, neither of which is straightforward or could remo A Peculiarly Private World I was recently corresponding with someone about modern book-length poems in English, to rival say Byron’s Don Juan or Browning’s The Ring and the Book.

So here is my short list of writers to be familiar with before you read it: The moods and tones evoked are lovely: Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews.

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By the third, I adored it. If so, I’d settle for more Bach and less Gounod.

Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. Oh man it’s coming in the mail and I cannot wait to re-read the book of ephraim. I could not find the connection of this work to real life–the “questions about sacred poetry and the relation of the individual to the cosmos” that Charles Berger invokes on his assessment of Scripts Maybe I missed something, but I stopped finding it remotely believable in Mirabellstopped having any real interest even as simply curiosities of chaanging “what ideas may be presented?

For all my pessimism, this really is the best modern epic I’ve found, a thousand times better than The Waste Land or Blake’s prophetic works, or even Milton’s Paradise Lost.


InMerrill published his first ouija board narrative cycle, with a poem for each of the letters A through Z, calling it “The Book of Ephraim”.

I recommend this one! I’ve finished the first Book. From the mids on, he lived in Stonington, Connecticut, and for extended periods he also had houses in Athens and Key West. It allows that “evil” may not be as separate from “good” as earlier epics have relied on. Customers who bought this item also bought.

Return to Book Page. Large questions of free will, life after death and the nature of love are tackled with wit and sincerity. Merrill happened to be a formalist poet in an age when formalism had waned but his gifts are particularly well-suited to the materials presented by his contacts on “the I have little love for epic poetry as a form but this book has converted me.

What are you doing? What I liked about this incredible epic poem is not so much the premise James Merrill and his real-life lover hovering over a “milk glass tabletop” using a Willoware teacup for a Ouji Board pointer as they commune with spirits in a “shoebox of a parlor” but the spectacular language and phrasing.

I can’t possibly illustrate everything, so let’s settle for a compromise chosen almost at random, cahnging single stanza in MIRABELL that combines both the spirit voice and the conversation of the two companions David Jackson is about to have a long-postponed operation: No trivia or quizzes yet.

My first paragraph above may give some clue why, as it is an orgy of name-dropping, mentioning five works of high literature in only three sentences. Currently reading this extraordinary epic. Help me to drown the double-entry book I’ve kept these fifty years. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. Feedback If you need help or have a question for Customer Service, contact us. The point is that it is highly rewarding, and part of the brilliance of it is that it comes off entirely real–and therefore just a little creepy.


Very dense it is Poetry. Nearly six months later, after having read and reread Ephraim, Mirabell, Scripts and the Coda the four sections of Cganging magnum opus I am ready to pass judgement. I can’t possibly illustrate everything, so let’s settle for a compromise chosen almost at random, a single stanza in Mirabell that combines both the spirit voice and the conversation of the two companions David Jackson is about to have a long-postponed operation: On strength of its impeccable language and atmosphere alone, The Changing Light at Sancover is worthy of all sorts of praise.

And they ours–whose post-mortems keep Us from if not the ssandover then the deep Blue silences which D and I might tend Dully to sink into, at lesson’s end. Densities aren’t as important as we were told and Mirabell had it wrong too–to a point– and the 5 are still around, but also not, and–surprise!

The Changing Light at Sandover

Views Read Edit View history. Finality, fixity, are not the comforts they purport to be. This brought me back to when I read The Republic and awed at its ripples cjanging influence. I’ll probably reread the first section before continuing.

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