The passages of joy
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Published
[New York, NY] : Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, ©1982.
ISBN
0374229902, 9780374229900, 0374517967, 9780374517960, 0571119212, 9780571119219
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85 pages ; 22 cm
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Published
[New York, NY] : Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, ©1982.
Format
Book
Language
English
ISBN
0374229902, 9780374229900, 0374517967, 9780374517960, 0571119212, 9780571119219

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The Passages of Joy draws it's title from Samuel Johnson's poem "The Vanity of Human Wishes": "Time hovered o'er, impatient to destroy/And shuts up all the Passages of Joy." The book ends with a poem about a modern cab driver on a night shift in San Francisco. In between is accomplished and disturbing verse, dealing in part with the union, or the coincidence, of the old and the new; the ordered and the anarchic; the contemplated and the spontaneous—Johnson and the cabby. Gunn is concerned with both the experience of joy and its loss. A recurrent metaphor in the collection is the childhood game of "Hide and Seek," at the end of which, fantastically, all the lost are found. Some poems are about coming to terms with loss or helping others to do so. There are also evocations of those helplessly unfit for joy ("Slow Waker," "The Cat and the Wind," "Donahue's Sister," "The Victim"). "Sweet Things" takes a more sardonic view, implying by juxtaposition the equivalence between sexual appetite and greed for sugar.

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APA Citation, 7th Edition (style guide)

Gunn, T. (1982). The passages of joy . Farrar, Straus, and Giroux.

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation, 17th Edition (style guide)

Gunn, Thom. 1982. The Passages of Joy. Farrar, Straus, and Giroux.

Chicago / Turabian - Humanities (Notes and Bibliography) Citation, 17th Edition (style guide)

Gunn, Thom. The Passages of Joy Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 1982.

MLA Citation, 9th Edition (style guide)

Gunn, Thom. The Passages of Joy Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 1982.

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