John Berryman

John Berryman was an American poet and an incredibly important figure in American poetry in the 20th century. He’s part of the confessional school of poetry alongside writers like Anne Sexton and Sylvia Plath. His best-known work is The Dream Songs and includes many free verse poems labeled with numbers.

Henry’s Understanding

‘Henry’s Understanding’ by John Berryman is a chilling and image-rich description of Berryman’s state of mind towards the end of his life as he contemplated suicide.

Henry’s Understanding Poem Visual Representation