May Sarton Poetry: American Poets Analysis - Essay

May Sarton Poetry: American Poets Analysis

(Poets and Poetry in America)

“We have to make myths of our lives,” May Sarton says in Plant Dreaming Deep. “It is the only way to live them without despair.” Of the many modern American women poets who are also mythmakers, Sarton speaks often and most urgently about what it means to be a woman and a writer and about the female muse as a primary source of poetic inspiration. In the fourth “Autumn Sonnet” from A Durable Fire, she describes the crucial relationship between the woman poet and her muse, that elusive force whose function is “to help me tame the wildness in my blood,/ To bring the struggling poet safely home.”

As “sister of the mirage and echo,” Sarton’s muse parallels in some respects the...

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