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Winesburg, Ohio: A Group of Tales of Ohio Small Town Life. Poor White. 1920. The Triumph of the Egg and Other Stories. 1921. Many Marriages. 1923. Horses and Men (stories). 1923. Dark Laughter. 1925. Alice, and The Lost Novel (stories). 1929. Beyond Desire. 1932. Death in the Woods and Other Stories. 1933. Kit Brandon: A Portrait. 19 36. 1919. Plays Winesburg (produced 1934). In Winesburg and Others, 1937. ). In Winesburg and Others, 1937. Winesburg and Others (includes The Triumph of the Egg, dramatized by Raymond O'Neil; Mother, They Married Later).

In poem after poem in his enormous output, Aiken sustains a long, flowing musical line, celebrating, as in "Landscape West of Eden," the capacity of language to order the chaos of the unaccomodated self. What one misses, however, in too much of this poetry, and what contributes to a certain lack of energy in the verse, is any intense verbal particularity, or, often, the sense of real feeling significantly expressed. In Time in the Rock, one of his most ambitious pieces, there is little sense of any real pressure or urgency behind the words; they have a tendency, as it were, to slip off the edge of the page as we read: nothing seems to make it all cohere.

In Time in the Rock, one of his most ambitious pieces, there is little sense of any real pressure or urgency behind the words; they have a tendency, as it were, to slip off the edge of the page as we read: nothing seems to make it all cohere. His more objective, "dramatic" poems, like The Kid and "Mayflower," with their incorporation of historical and legendary material and their evocations of New England landscape and geography, are perhaps more valuable, in the end, than his lyrical selfcommunings.

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