No other contemporary poet’s work has such a well-earned reputation for (i), and there are few whose moral vision is so imperiously unsparing. Of late, however, the almost belligerent demands of his severe and densely forbidding poetry have taken an improbable turn. This new collection is the poet’s fourth book in six years—an ample output even for poets of sunny disposition, let alone for one of such (ii) over the previous 50 years. Yet for all his newfound (iii), his poetry is as thorny as ever.
Blank (i): patent accessibility, intrinsic frivolity, near impenetrabilityBlank (ii): penitential austerity, intractable prolixity, impetuous prodigalityBlank (iii): taciturnity, volubility, pellucidity
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