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    DescriptionThe reissue of this Adrienne Rich selection has been revised and expanded to cover the entirety of her career. It forms a useful introduction to her work, from her formative lyricism in "A Change of Word" (1951), to her groundbreaking poems of "Diving into the Wreck" (1973), to the searching voice of "Fox" (2001).


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    Title
    The Fact of a Doorframe
    Subtitle
    Poems 1950-2000
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Adrienne Rich
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 368
    Width: 140 mm
    Height: 206 mm
    Thickness: 26 mm
    Weight: 399 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780393323955
    ISBN 10: 0393323951
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 21500
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T3.1
    BIC E4L: LIT
    BIC subject category V2: DCF
    DC21: 811.54
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    Ingram Subject Code: PO
    Libri: I-PO
    DC22: 811.54
    B&T General Subject: 640
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 90
    DC22: 811/.54
    B&T Approval Code: V26106875
    BISAC V2.8: POE005010
    LC classification: PS3535.I233 A6 2002
    Thema V1.0: DCF
    Edition
    Revised
    Edition statement
    Revised edition
    Publisher
    WW Norton & Co
    Imprint name
    WW Norton & Co
    Publication date
    07 January 2003
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Review quote
    "Rich is the Blake of American letters." Nadine Gordimer
    Review text
    This is a reissue of an earlier selection of poems with a new introduction by Adrienne Rich herself and a revised and larger collection of poems. The revision includes poems from the six additional books she has produced since the first edition of Selected Poems appeared in 1984, and also poems published in magazines and journals, some of which Rich describes as 'lost', poems she had herself forgotten. With a span of 50 years, the development of Rich's style and vision is clearly charted here as the reader moves through the simplicity of 'Aunt Jennifer's Tigers' (1951), the timelessness of 'Dialogue' (1972), to the pain of 'Frame' (1980), and the primitive earthiness of 'Fox' (1998). In the poem 'The Fact of a Doorframe', Adrienne Rich describes poetry as being hewn into an 'archway, portal, frame' and it is this frame that has shaped her approach to poetry. 'My life has been enmeshed so long with poetry that I cannot, looking back at this collection of five decades, imagine how I would have survived without this doorframe. But it was first the poetry of others, in English - Blake, Keats, Longfellow, Robert Louis Stevenson, Swinburne, Oscar Wilde, the King James version of the Bible... that let me know the doorframe was there for me.' There are other voices in the doorframe too, songs sung at home round the piano, her parents' Southern lilt, speeches heard on the radio during the Second World War. An analysis of her poetry reveals a multi-layered strand of outside voices and influences that have been filtered through her thoughts to emerge on the page. A single phrase or even word will resonate down the years for those who can pick up the allusion. Adrienne Rich is a poet of considerable stature, the recipient of many awards including a Lannan Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award, and this book confirms those achievements. (Kirkus UK)