By Paul Mariani
Publication through Mariani, Paul
Read or Download A Usable Past: Essays on Modern and Contemporary Poetry PDF
Best genres & styles books
This literary lifetime of the best-loved of the entire significant Romantic writers makes use of Coleridge's personal Biographia Literaria as its place to begin and vacation spot. the main sustained feedback and impressive thought that had ever been tried in English, the Biographia was once Coleridge's significant assertion to an embattled literary tradition within which he sought to outline and safeguard, not only his personal, yet all creative lifestyles.
Questions of hazard examines the actual types that modern American poets want and people they overlook. The poets' offerings show either their goals and their boundaries, the hot percentages they become aware of and the traditions they locate unbelievable. through shut realization to the sestina, ghazal, love sonnet, ballad, and heroic couplet, this research advances a brand new knowing of up to date American poetry.
This creation provides the main subject matters, varieties and forms of Russian poetry. utilizing examples from Russia's maximum poets, Wachtel attracts on 3 centuries of verse, from the beginnings of secular literature within the eighteenth century to the current. summary: This creation provides the most important topics, types and kinds of Russian poetry.
Revered through his friends and highly winning the world over in his personal time, André Maurois is now hardly ever learn. reasonable and conciliatory in every thing, together with his literary kind, he appealed to the knowledgeable reader of his time, yet did these very characteristics hinder him from reaching lasting contrast and impression?
- Edgar Allan Poe and the Dupin Mysteries
- Fantasy Novelists
- Tolkien and The Lord of the Rings : a guide to Middle-earth
- Tech Anxiety: Artificial Intelligence and Ontological Awakening in Four Science Fiction Novels
- Crime Fiction (The New Critical Idiom)
Extra info for A Usable Past: Essays on Modern and Contemporary Poetry
Page vii CONTENTS Introduction 1 William Carlos Williams Reassembling the Dust: Notes on the Art of the Biographer 17 The Poem as Field of Action: Paterson 37 The Eighth Day of Creation: Rethinking Paterson 59 The Hard Core of Beauty 74 Williams and Stevens: Storming the Edifice 95 Gerard Manley Hopkins The New Aestheticism: A Reading of "Andromeda" 107 The Cry at the Heart of "The Wreck" 123 A Poetics of Unselfconsciousness 133 The Sound of Oneself Breathing 142 Page viii Post-World War II Poets Robert Penn Warren 153 Charles Tomlinson 171 Robert Creeley 184 John Montague 203 John Berryman 214 Robert Pack 226 Thomas Merton 245 Notes 253 Acknowledgments 267 Page 1 INTRODUCTION In retrospect, there is an unforced symmetry to this collection which I would not have expected when I consider the varied conditions under which these essays and essay-reviews were first written.
There is, for example, the field sociologist, the journalist, the historian, the psychoanalyst, the feminist, the Marxist, the theologian, the professor of literature, even the professional biographer. Each comes to biography with different attitudes about the field, different presuppo- Page 23 sitions, different purposes. In spite of which, it seems to me, we must still learn how to tell a good story if we are to tap the peculiar energies of the biography. And how are we to do that? I think one answer to that question, if I have learned anything from working on Williams, will depend on the specific contours as well as on the underlying myth that spurred someone on, and gave him or her a deep sense of self-definition.
If Hopkins had shown me a religious voice creatively countering the growing agnosticism and nihilism in the literature, philosophy, and politics of the past century, Williams provided for my time what Whitman had provided for the last century: an example of a poet engaged in a lifelong struggle to raise my worldAmericato the level of the epic. The Beats, especially Kerouac and Ginsberg, might conceivably have done this for me as well. " I was from Page 5 working-class stock, bluest of blue collar, obedient to the fathers, bent on entering, not leaving, mainstream America, at least as my family understood the values of upward mobility, none of us at that point having tasted the so-called good life.