By John Ashbery

For a booklet by means of one of many prime avant-garde poets of recent literature, John Ashbery's April Galleons is suffused with voices from the earlier. There are echoes of the Romantics within the elegiac "A temper of Quiet Beauty" and "Vetiver," allusions to ballads and folkloric epics in "Finnish Rhapsody" and "Forgotten Song," and veiled references to legends, folks songs, and fairy stories. yet as continuously with Ashbery, the fashionable international is the microphone during which those prior voices are made to talk, amplified and invigorated via Ashbery's signature wit and generosity of spirit.

A finalist for the nationwide booklet Critics Circle Award within the 12 months within which it used to be first released, April Galleons is a must-read assortment from a remarkable interval in John Ashbery's lengthy and lauded career.

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The circle continued to have an ongoing involvement in rural life, in the Lake District and beyond. 12 In the company of Mary, their son Jonny, and Sara Hutchinson, William returned to the Scotland he first toured with Coleridge and Dorothy; the group met James Hogg, the ‘Ettrick Shephard’, with whom they visited the ‘Braes of Yarrow’. In 1820, Dorothy, William and Mary, accompanied by Mary’s cousin Thomas Monkhouse and his new wife, revisited the scenes of tours of 1790 and 1802, going to Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, Italy and France.

Dent, 1981), 317. 18 Susan M. Levin 9. Thomas De Quincey, ‘Recollections of Grasmere’, in The Works of Thomas De Quincey, vol. ii, ed. Julian North (London: Pickering & Chatto, 2003), 143, 151. 10. Thomas De Quincey, ‘Suspiria De Profundis’, in The Works of Thomas De Quincey, vol. v, ed. Frederick Burwick (London: Chatto & Pickering, 2003), 130. 11. This pamphlet is reprinted in the Longman Cultural Edition of Dorothy Wordsworth, ed. Susan M. Levin (London: Pearson, 2009), 324–37. 12. Andrew Hubbell, ‘How Wordsworth Invented Picnicking and Saved British Culture’, Romanticism 12 (1) (2006), 44–51.

11 Rejecting the marketplace of the professional writer, Dorothy instead wants to pass on to Dora a memorial gift that commemorates the communal experience of the tour rather than her personal genius as a writer. 13 We can read the Grasmere journal in several editions, as well as the records of her travels and of her poetry, but we tend to focus on the earlier, creative period before Dorothy’s decline in 1829. In her later years, following her physical and mental collapse, she writes less and less.

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