A PRIVATE MYTHOLOGY by May Sarton

A PRIVATE MYTHOLOGY

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KIRKUS REVIEW

In this collection of poems, May Sarton demonstrates, perhaps unintentionally, two methods of writing poetry. The first poems deal with a trip to Greece, Japan and India, undertaken to celebrate her fiftieth birthday. They are colorful, polished and the ones on Japan successfully capture the spare elegance of Japanese poetry. However they are, in a sense, tourist snapshots, externalizing some of the bewilderment and displacement of an alien abroad. The second section, written back home in New Hampshire, deals with familiar experience and displays a greater assurance as well as a contrast both in approach and tone. For the audience to which her name is an established entree.

Publisher: Norton