Lofty Dogmas: Poets on Poetry (C)

Lofty Dogmas: Poets on Poetry (C)

By: D Ed - Brown (author), Deborah Brown (editor), Annie Finch (editor), Maxine Kumin (editor)Hardback

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Compiled by three noted poets, this is an eclectic, stimulating, and informed selection of poets' remarks on poetry spanning eras, ethnicities, and aesthetics. The 102 selections from nearly as many poets reach back to the Greeks and Romans, then draw on Chaucer, Shakespeare, Sidney, and Milton, on to Shelley, Keats, Coleridge, and Poe, then Hopkins, Yeats, Eliot, Rilke, and Pound, concluding with many of our contemporaries, including Hall, Clifton, Mackey, Kunitz, and Rukeyser. The book is divided into three sections. "Musing" concerns issues of inspiration, "Making," issues of craft, from diction to meter to persona and voice, and "Mapping," the role of poetry and the poet. Headnotes at the beginning of each selection provide background information about the poet and commentary on the significance of the selection. There is also a useful appendix with a listing of essays arranged according to more specific topics. As the poets write in their introduction: "This book was intended to deepen readers' understanding of age-old poetic ideas while at the same time pointing out new directions for thinking about poetry, juxtaposing the familiar and the strange, reconfiguring old boundaries, and shaking up stereotypes."

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About Author

Deborah Brown is a professor of English at the University of New Hampshire at Manchester and author of News from the Grate. Annie Finch is director of the Stonecoast low-residency MFA program at the University of Southern Maine, and the author of a number of books, including The Body of Poetry, Calendars, Eve, and A Formal Feeling Comes: Poems in Form by Contemporary Women. Maxine Kumin is one of America's most distinguished poets. Among her many awards are a Pulitzer Prize and a Ruth E. Lilly Poetry Prize. She is the author of many poetry collections, including Connecting the Dots, Up Country: Poems of New England, and Jack and Other New Poems. She lives in Warner, New Hampshire.

Product Details

  • publication date: 15/11/2005
  • ISBN13: 9781557287915
  • Format: Hardback
  • ID: 9781557287915
  • ISBN10: 1557287910

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