Ted Berrigan (15 November 1934 - 4 July 1983) was an American poet. Events 655 - Battle of Winwaed: Penda of Mercia is defeated by Oswiu of Northumbria. Year 1934 ( MCMXXXIV) was a Common year starting on Monday (link will display full 1934 calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Events 836 - Pactum Sicardi, peace between the Principality of Benevento and the Duchy of Naples Year 1983 ( MCMLXXXIII) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1983 Gregorian calendar) The poetry of the United States arose first during its beginnings as the constitutionally unified Thirteen colonies (although before this a strong
Berrigan was born in Providence, Rhode Island, on November 15, 1934. Rhode Island ( officially named the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, is a state in the New England region of the United States After high school, he spent a year at Providence College before joining the U.S. Army in 1954 to serve in the Korean War. This page refers to a college in Rhode Island. For the college in Manitoba, see Providence College and Theological Seminary. The United States Army is a military organization whose primary mission is to "provide necessary forces and capabilities. Year 1954 ( MCMLIV) was a Common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1954 Gregorian calendar) The Korean War refers to a period of military conflict between North Korean and South Korean regimes with major hostilities lasting from June 25 1950 until the After three years in the Army, he finished his college studies at the University of Tulsa in Oklahoma, where he received a B.A. in English in 1959. The University of Tulsa is a Private university awarding bachelors masters and doctoral degrees located in Tulsa Oklahoma. Oklahoma ( is a state located in the South Central region of the United States of America. English studies is an academic discipline that includes the study of Literatures written in the English language (including literatures from the U The year 1959 ( MCMLIX) was a Common year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. He received his M.A. from Tulsa in 1962. Year 1962 ( MCMLXII) was a Common year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1962 calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Berrigan was married to Sandy Berrigan, also a poet, and they had two children, David Berrigan and Kate Berrigan. He and his second wife the poet Alice Notley were active in the poetry scene in Chicago for several years, then moved to New York City, where he edited various magazines and books. Alice Notley (born 8 November, 1945) is an American Poet. She was born in Bisbee Arizona and grew up in Needles California Chicago (ʃɪˈkɑːgoʊ is the largest City by population in the state of Illinois and the American Midwest of the United States. The City of New York
A prominent figure in the second generation of the New York School of Poets, Berrigan was peer to Jim Carroll, Anselm Hollo, Ron Padgett, and Anne Waldman. The New York School (synonymous with abstract expressionist painting was an informal group of American Poets painters Dancers and Musicians This article is not about corporate consultant and author Jim Carroll Anselm Paul Alexis Hollo (born April 12, 1934) is a Finnish poet and translator Ron Padgett (born June 17, 1942) is an American Poet, Essayist fiction writer and Translator, and a member of the Anne Waldman (born April 2, 1945) is an American poet. Since the 1960s Waldman has been an active member of the “Outrider” experimental poetry community He collaborated with Padgett and Joe Brainard on Bean Spasms, a work significant in its rejection of traditional concepts of ownership. Though Berrigan, Padgett, and Brainard all wrote individual poems for the book, and collaborated on many others, no authors were listed for individual poems.
In 2005, Ted Berrigan's published and unpublished poetry was published together in a single volume edited by the poet Alice Notley, Berrigan's second wife, and their two sons, Anselm Berrigan – a poet – and Edmund Berrigan, a poet and songwriter. Alice Notley (born 8 November, 1945) is an American Poet. She was born in Bisbee Arizona and grew up in Needles California Anselm Berrigan is a poet and teacher born in Chicago Illinois in 1972
The poet Frank O'Hara called Berrigan's most significant publication, The Sonnets, “a fact of modern poetry. Francis Russell O'Hara ( June 27, 1926 – July 25, 1966) was an American poet who along with John Ashbery, James Schuyler ” A telling reflection on the era that produced it, The Sonnets beautifully weaves together traditional elements of the Shakespearean sonnet form with the disjunctive structure and cadence of T. S. Eliot’s The Waste Land and Berrigan’s own literary innovations and personal experiences. Thomas Stearns Eliot, OM (September 26 1888 – January 4 1965 was a poet Dramatist, and Literary critic. The Waste Land ( 1922) is a highly influential 434-line modernist poem by T The product is a composition, in the words of Berrigan’s editor and second wife Alice Notley, “[that is] musical, sexy, and funny. ”
Berrigan was initially drawn to the sonnet form because of its inherent challenge; in his own words, "the form sort of [stultifies] the whole process [of writing]. " The procedure that he ultimately concocted to write The Sonnets is the essence of the work’s novelty and ingenuity. After attempting several sonnets, Berrigan decided to go back through what he had written and take out certain lines, one line from each work until he had six lines. He then went through the poems backwards and took one more line from each until he had accumulated six more lines, twelve lines total. Based on this body of the work, Berrigan knew what the final couplet would be; this process became the basis for The Sonnets. Addressing claims that the method is totally mechanical, Berrigan explains that some of the seventy-seven sonnets came to him "whole," not needing to be pieced together. The poet’s preoccupation with style, his concern for form and his own role as the creator as evinced by The Sonnets pose a challenge to traditional ideas about poetry and signify a fresh and innovative artistic approach.
The genius embodied in the book is its recognition of the eternal possibility for invention in a genre seemingly overwhelmed by the success of its traditional forms. By imitating the forms and practices of earlier artists and recreating them to express personal ideas and experiences, Berrigan demonstrates the potential for poetry in his and subsequent generations. As Charles Bernstein succinctly comments, “Part collage, part process writing, part sprung lyric, Ted Berrigan’s The Sonnets remains…one of the freshest and most buoyantly inspired works of contemporary poetry. Reinventing verse for its time, The Sonnets are redolent with possibilities for our own. ”
Berrigan died on July 4, 1983, following years of health problems compounded by amphetamine use and an avid addiction to diet pills.
|DATE OF BIRTH||November 15, 1934|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Providence, Rhode Island|
|DATE OF DEATH||July 4, 1983|
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