Brewster Ghiselin Critical Essays


(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

Brewster Ghiselin 1903–

American poet, editor, and essayist.

Ghiselin is a formal poet whose work is known for its pantheism. The central images in his poetry are of nature and animals; his concern is to understand humanity's relationship to the universe.

The poems in his earliest collection, Against the Circle, present a series of lyrical images which some critics found to be lacking in substance. But later poems, especially those in Country of the Minotaur are notable for their powerful evocation of humanity confronting nature. His most critically acclaimed pieces are included in Windrose: Poems 1929–1979.

(See also Contemporary Authors, Vols. 13-16, rev. ed.)