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The Country of Marriage

The Country of Marriage

(1973)
A collection of poems by

 
First published in 1971, The Country of Marriage is Wendell Berry's fifth volume of poetry. What he calls "an expansive metaphor" is "a farmer's relationship to his land as the basic and central relation of humanity to creation." "Similarly, marriage is the basic and central community tie; it begins and stands for the relation we have to family and to the larger circles of human association. And these relationships are in turn basic to, and may stand for, our relationship to God and to the sustaining mysteries and powers of creation."

Each of the thirty-five poems in this collection is concerned with this metaphor. The long sequence that is itself entitled "The Country of Marriage," perhaps the finest single work in the book, is a grave, moving, and beautifully wrought love poem. But the shorter lyrics have an equal grace and beauty - writing that contains the exhilarating lucidity of mountain spring water. And there are most notably, several more poems about the "Mad Farmer," who advises us here to 'every day do something that won't compute.'

Berry has here perfected a work that is immediately accessible but that becomes, as we read it again, always more satisfying, reverberant with manifold meanings.

 
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Hardback Editions

June 1973 : USA Hardback
Title: The Country of Marriage
Author(s): Wendell Berry
ISBN: 0-15-122695-4 / 978-0-15-122695-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich
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Paperback Editions

March 2013 : USA Paperback
Title: A Country of Marriage: Poems
Author(s): Wendell Berry
ISBN: 1-61902-108-0 / 978-1-61902-108-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Counterpoint
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September 1975 : USA Paperback
Title: The Country of Marriage: Poems
Author(s): Wendell Berry
ISBN: 0-15-622697-9 / 978-0-15-622697-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harcourt
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Kindle Editions

March 2013 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
Title: A Country of Marriage: Poems
Author(s): Wendell Berry
Publisher: Counterpoint
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