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77 Dream Songs
poetry by Berryman
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77 Dream Songs

poetry by Berryman

77 Dream Songs, volume of verse by American poet John Berryman, published in 1964. It was awarded a Pulitzer Prize in 1965 and was later published together with its sequel, His Toy, His Dream, His Rest (1968), as The Dream Songs (1969). The entire sequence of 385 verses, consisting of three six-line stanzas each, is the self-narrated, confessional story of the antihero Henry, Berryman’s poetic persona.

Camelot, engraving by Gustave Dore to illustrate the Arthurian poems in Idylls of the King, by Lord Alfred Tennyson, 1868.
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