The Man With Night Sweats

The Man With Night Sweats By Thom Gunn, Thom Gunn s The Man With Night Sweats shows him writing at the height of his powers, equally in command of classical forms and of looser, colloquial measures, and ready to address a wide range of themes, both intimate and social The book ends with a set of poems about the deaths of friends from AIDS With their unflinching directness, compassion and grace, they are aThom Gunn s The Man With Night Sweats shows him writing at the height of his powers, equally in command of classical forms and of looser, colloquial measures, and ready to address a wide range of themes, both intimate and social The book ends with a set of poems about the deaths of friends from AIDS With their unflinching directness, compassion and grace, they are among the most moving statements yet to have been provoked by the disease.. The Man With Night Sweats Thom Gunn s The Man With Night Sweats shows him writing at the height of his powers equally in command of classical forms and of looser colloquial measures and ready to address a wide range of them

  • Title: The Man With Night Sweats
  • Author: Thom Gunn
  • ISBN: 9780571162574
  • Page: 279
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “The Man With Night Sweats”

    1. There are things about his style I didn t love, but the way the poems all come together to paint a picture of what life was like for Thom Gunn is the mid to late 80s is powerful Not gonna lie, several of these poems made me teary.

    2. Thom Gunn s excellent verses in The Man with Night Sweats qualify him as the Poet Laureate for the AIDS crisis This would be an unwanted honor for the poet, but the need for these brilliant poems is great, as they ensure that the events of that sorrowful era will remain accessible to students of history and literature into the future There are other themes and subjects in these multi layered poems some of my favorites are, The Hug, To Isherwood Dying, The Stealer, and All Do Not All Things Well [...]

    3. You know, I know I liked this book though I found it uneven , but I m always at a loss as to how to review poetry Even if I m supposedly working towards becoming a literary scholar, and one who frequently teaches poetry, I suppose I tend to have a sort of visceral reaction to something or I react not at all Either way, these are affective and not necessarily intellectual responses I ll say one critique though Gunn s rigid formalism seems to be a real double edged sword for this collection at tim [...]

    4. A little looser than I d guessed, air in the joints, but there are some amazing knots of meaning At times I felt left out of its intimacies, and much of the language was not particularly interesting But the death poems section 4 are for the most part amazingly strong.

    5. Read Death s Door, the second to last poem Holy shit, what an awesome poem Funny and weird and heartbreaking Five stars just for that The rest of the book is great, too.

    6. Thom Gunn s poetry is genius I feel like grabbing someone by the shoulders and asking, have you read Thom Gunn yet Because you really should What sets this book apart from most works of poetry in the twentieth century is the detached and impersonal tone The I has no personality which makes this work very similar to the Elizabethan poets like Donne and Shakespeare The other important feature is the reluctance to romanticize things Thom Gunn does not sugar coat, or try to paint a pretty picture Hi [...]

    7. Snow blows out toward them, till their seatFilling with flakes becomes insteadSnow bank, snow landscape, and in thatThey find themselves with all the dead

    8. A strong collection, though uneven some moments were incredibly affective, though others which had the promise of being were smothered by adherence to a or less rigid rhyme structure, which did sometimes make the poetry sound if not juvenile then amateur I particularly enjoyed and would give closer to five starts to the poems The Hug As if we were still twenty two When our grand passion had not yet Become familial , The Differences I turned into the boy with iron teeth Who planned to eat the wh [...]

    9. Considering that I don t really like reading poetry, this was an unexpectedly sparkling read A simple, clear, sensitive, funny, direct, honest, camp and joyous approach to AIDS and illness in general he also writes about other things Here s a very Nietzschean one Nasturtium Born in a sour waste lotYou laboured up to light,Bunching what strength you d gotAnd running out of sightThrough a knot hole at last,To come forth into sunAs is without a past,Done with it, re begun.Now street side of the fen [...]

    10. Thom Gunn s The Man with Night Sweats 1992 memorializes a San Francisco poet s tragic losses due to AIDS An Anglo American poet known for his brainy yet visceral formal verse, the late British expatriate often wrote in meter and rhyme about his countercultural daily life in California, filling his poems with surfers, motorcyclists, LSD, popular icons, literature, and gay men So when AIDS emerged and he lost an overwhelming number of his friends, Gunn had crafted a language for the body and a tou [...]

    11. This collection is pretty uneven There are some really good poems, mostly the ones towards the end dealing with HIV AIDS But there are a lot if poems that seem half finished, and many of the attempts to write rhyming lines are pretty painful and overworked For example, All Do Not All Things Well contains the lines Raised a huge beard aboveA huge Hell s Angel belly.They seemed to live on beerAnd corn chips from the deli That just sound sophomoric, like it was written for a high school creative wr [...]

    12. Hm Okay.The first three sections are good ish, neither good nor bad, really, just perfectly adequate poetry But the last section, which deals almost exclusively with the death and decay of the people around him, is beautiful.The Man with Night Sweats, a collection of poems by Thom Gunn, is not flashy or overly complex The individual poems operate in a way that might strike people as hokey, replete with beat heat rhyme schemes as explorations of loss and death and change and moving on Good Not gr [...]

    13. Your pain still hangs in air, Sharp motes of it suspended The voice of your despair That also is not ended When near your death a friend Askes you what he could do, Remember me , you said We will remember you You climbed in there beside him And hugged him plain in view, Though you were sick enough, And had your own fears too Memory Unsettled

    14. Most moving to me, here, are Gunn s poems about AIDS About his loved friends in hospitals, their bodies and illness and spirit rendered in formal verse Utterly compelling to see the restraint of form around a contemporary and devastating subject.

    15. An amazing book of poetry Gunn is my favorite poet, hands down, and this is the collection that won me over.

    16. Joining the ranks as one of my favorites Someday, I plan on committing some of these poems to memory.

    17. This would be a 3 1 2 star book if I could do that It was pretty consistenly good Its main theme is death from AIDS, in particular , but my south node is in the 8th house, so I m all about that

    18. I loved this book, I read it awhile ago, it is gritty and full of moving, male centered poems some stronger for me than others.

    19. Superbly crafted poems exploring the HIV AIDS crisis in its early years and other topics by one of the best poets writing in English in the last century.

    20. I believe this collection is the last Gunn wrote It focuses mainly upon the AIDS crisis Quite depressing, though well written I think perhaps I am best suited to his earlier work.

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