A Sun within a Sun: The Power and Elegance of Poetry (New edition)
By: Claire Chi-Ah Lyu (author)Paperback
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"A Sun within a Sun" is a sustained poetic reflection on the enterprise of poetry, on what poetry is and might be, not only for poet and theorist but also for reader, critic, teacher, and student. It sees poetry as life at its most genuine. Citing Baudelaire and Mallarme as principal examples, but drawing on a wide range of canonical poets and thinkers, Claire Chi-ah Lyu challenges contemporary poetic theory, using precise and acute deconstruction of poetic imagery to reconstruct language so that it celebrates both meaning and beauty. "A Sun within a Sun" seeks a shaping of form and content that discovers poetry as power, as a practice of life that honors and makes possible both thought and feeling.
Claire Chi-ah Lyu is associate professor of French language and literature at the University of Virginia.
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