Averno (poetry)

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Averno Book Cover.jpg
Author Louise Glück
Country United States
Language English
Genre Poetry
Publisher Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date
Published in English
Media type Print, Paperback & Hardcover
Pages 79
ISBN 0-374-10742-4
OCLC 59712168
811/.54 22
LC Class PS3557.L8 A96 2006

Averno is Louise Glück's eleventh collection of poetry published in 2006 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. It was a National Book Award Finalist for Poetry that year.


Averno or Lake Avernus is a lake west of Naples that the Romans mythologized as the entrance to the underworld. The Greek myth of Demeter's daughter Persephone and her marriage to Hades is a recurring topic in the collection, as are the themes of oblivion and death, soul and body, love and isolation.

Some reviewers praised Glück's non-resolution of these tensions.[1][2]

There are eighteen poems in the collection, and several are extended pieces with distinct, brief sections. The collection is divided into two parts. Each part has five chapters.


  1. ^ Christopher, Nicholas. [1]. The New York Times Book Review, March 12, 2006.
  2. ^ Deming, John. [2]. coldfront magazine, June 4, 2006.

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