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American poet, born in Cincinnati, Ohio, educated at Harvard and Columbia Universities. Koch served for three years in the US Army as a rifleman in the Pacific theatre of war. He has taught at several colleges and became resident poet at Columbia. Koch is a founding member of the ‘New York School of Poets’, with John Ashbery and Frank O'Hara. His books include Poems (1953), Ko, or a Season on Earth (1959), Permanently (1961), Thank You and Other Poems (1962), When the Sun Tries to Go On (1969), Sleeping with Women (1969), The Pleasures of Peace and Other Poems (1969), The Duplications (1977), Sleeping on the Wing (1982), Selected Poems (1985), On the Edge (1986), and On the Great Atlantic Railway (1994). Like the other New York poets, Koch has also written for the experimental theatre; his dramatic work is collected in A Change of Hearts: Plays, Films and Other Dramatic Works, 1951–1971 (1973). More recently he has published One Thousand Avant-Garde Plays (1988). As a young man, Koch lived for a time in France and Italy, and in Paris became enthralled with the surrealist poetry of Jacques Prévert; much of his own work seeks to capture what he calls the ‘incomprehensible excitement’ he found in French poetry. A surreal ironist and parodist, guided by the pleasure principle rather than the admonitory compulsions of the satirist, Koch is an accomplished craftsman who disdains what he calls the postures of high seriousness. He has also published a collection of essays and short stories, Hotel Lamboga (1993).
Most of the poems in our anthology are ruminative poems about the nature of nature and the nature of life. The key word within his works is simply "nature". He uses works of nature to express his works of art. He meticulously chose objects to which everyone could relate, transforming them into ideas and expressions of his mission. This expression is evident throughout the poetry.
"Thanatopsis" revolves around the issues of life and death, using nature as their common ground to describe the overall message. "The all-beholding sun shall see no more in all his course; nor yet in the cold ground, where they pale form was laid, with many tears, nor embrace of ocean, shall exist they image" ( Bryant 2673 ). He vividly paints the picture of oneís death and thus a lack of life. He goes on to depict the earth and her surroundings as manís eternal tomb, expressing all that will be left behind when man leaves this world. "The vulnerable woods - rivers that move in majesty, and the complaining brooks that make the meadows green; and, poured round all, Old Oceanís gray and melancholy waste, - are but the solemn decorations all of the great tomb of man"
( Bryant 2673 ). He continually demonstrates this behavior throughout the rest of the piece, solidifying his intricate pattern towards nature.
Bryantís love of nature is overtly expressed within "The Yellow Violet". He paints the picture of a peaceful Spring day, describing the flower and its place within the structure of the season. I found it interesting how he alluded to the "April showers bring May flowers" beginning with line 21 by saying "Oft, in the sunless April day, they early smile has stayed my walk; but midst the gorgeous blooms of May, I passed the on they humble stalk" ( Bryant 2675 ). However, I did feel as if he could have written this about his love of a relationship, not just his love for nature. What do you think?
"The Prairies" focuses on his personal look at nature, through his eyes. This piece gives one a first-hand look at Bryanís compassion for all things, great and small. He takes the reader on a journey, looking at individual pieces existing in nature, and taking note of their importance and placement in life. His retrospective view of nature is surprisingly interrupted as "a fresher wind sweeps by, and breaks his dream, and he is in the wilderness alone" ( Bryant 2680 ). He begins his work describing the events almost simultaneously as they are occurring, only to leave the reader pondering the conclusion as he reveals his dream. Here again, William Bryantís genius is used to fully incorporate his audience within his piece, giving them the sense of experiencing his nature on a personal level.
William Cullen Bryant was a man of vision; he vividly described and expressed his passion for nature by visually relating to his audience. His works are ruminative poems about the nature of life and the nature of nature. He took conflicting issues and translated them to visions and expressions which could be comprehended by all peoples, using nature as a binding force for their comprehension.
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