The Collected Poems of Ted Berrigan by Ted Berrigan

By Ted Berrigan

This landmark assortment brings Ted Berrigan's released and unpublished poetry jointly in one authoritative quantity for the 1st time. Edited by means of the poet Alice Notley, Berrigan's moment spouse, and their sons, The accrued Poems demonstrates the outstanding diversity, strength, and value of Berrigan's paintings.

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This landmark assortment brings Ted Berrigan's released and unpublished poetry jointly in one authoritative quantity for the 1st time. Edited through the poet Alice Notley, Berrigan's moment spouse, and their sons, The gathered Poems demonstrates the impressive variety, strength, and significance of Berrigan's paintings.

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All these testimonies are hardly of any value because it is obvious that poems are praised or vituperated, not for their literary merits, but because of their contents. If you are in favour of the cult of the icons, any anti-iconoclastic poem is good (see Theodore’s letters) and any iconoclastic piece of writing is bad (see the Refutation). If you are a good Christian, you like any form of religious writing as long as it 62 63 64 65 For an excellent introduction to the topic, see HÖRANDNER 1991: 415–432.

Of course, only the sun shines for free: so, if they want to attend his lessons, they will have to pay his teacher’s fee. Right at the beginning of his didactic poem, the Thousand-Line Theology, Leo Choirosphaktes gives the following advice to his readers: “If thou art skilled in the art of literary discourse, take me in thy hand and in the depth of thy knowledge; but if thou art ignorant of higher learning, leave what thou canst not understand to friends who do”73. Two sorts of readers are singled out here: scholars equipped with all the literary baggage needed to interpret Leo’s learned poem, and less knowledgeable readers who are in need of their friends’ intellectual guidance.

Mityl. 55, a poem in which the emperor is compared to the goldflowing Paktolos as well: see C. CRIMI, Graeca et Byzantina. Catania 1983, 41–43. ). As Geometres owned a luxurious mansion in the centre of the city and never refers to any financial problems (in his poems he complains about almost everything, but not about poverty), he must have been rather well-off. He may have inherited some of his possessions from his father, a “loyal servant of the emperor”, but the rest of his opulence will have accrued throughout his years of active service in the military48.

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