John Berryman's Life and Poetry
, Book Report/Review
...alter-ego in The Dream Songs The Dream Songs (1964), John Berryman's Pulitzer Prize winning collection of beautiful 385 songs or poems, resembles a sonnet sequence and each song in the collection is composed in a three-stanza format, eighteen lines with rhyme. In The Dream Songs, Henry Bones, the white middle-aged American protagonist of the collection, speaks about himself and listens to his unnamed Friend who is a white American in blackface speaking Negro dialect. However, the protagonist interests the readers more as an alter-ego of the poet himself and the greedy, lusty, petulant character Henry can best be comprehended... as Freud's Id. "In The Dream Songs (1969), B. voices his...