African-American Poets, Volume 2, New Edition (Bloom's by Harold Bloom

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O room of rooms, where my mountains and the spurs of three other ranges may be seen; the glorious colours of the sunrise flush it at Dawn, and at Even the vivid splendour of the sunset. €. [a]lthough the Tower is a shrine to friendship, it is also a room for work” (27). Later she describes the view the room affords her: “The great eastern window in the Tower commands the thirty miles of rolling valley, and the wondrous range of mountains from whence my help [hired servants] has come through all these changing years” (154).

And Falls. ╇╇╇ We’re here, again. ╇╇╇╇╇╇ We’re ╇ at the beach. ╇╇╇ You’re where you’ve been, the water. You leave the water. The water leaves your body like what knows it can afford to, at last. ”). Only in this landscape does the sea, normally so contained in its bed, go cruising, unbuckling itself. So often an image of what-is-longed-for, here the sea itself longs, not to be filled but to overflow. €. €. So many relics, / without the power of // so many relics” (“Portage”).

Harper 45 Survey,” we learn that the first white owner of the land was Jacobus Barhyte, a Revolutionary War officer who was an “American patriot” (33); he was also a slaveholder. The ease and luxury Trask described will rest atop the labor—and so the bodies—of those eighteenth-century slaves who worked the land. By now the poem’s journey is nearly over, and Harper stands at “the terrace overhang” for a “last view” (132–33). The vista is, of course, the handsome gardens and grounds of the Yaddo estate; yet this created order and beauty do not have the last say.

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