World, Self, Poem: Essays on Contemporary Poetry from the Jubilation of Poets

World, Self, Poem: Essays on Contemporary Poetry from the Jubilation of Poets

By: Leonard M. Trawick (editor)Hardback

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"World, Self, Poem" collects the best of the essays submitted by poets and scholars from around the US and Canada, and beyond, for presentation at the "Jubilation of Poets" festival celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Cleveland State University Poetry Centre in October 1986. In this collection, 18 critics consider the works of a number of important postmodern poets and, using various approaches, confront some of the central problems posed by the poetry of the past 25 years. John Ashbery, Wendell Berry, Edward Dorn, Robert Duncan, Geoffrey Hill, Ted Hughes, Louise Gluck, Adrienne Rich, Denise Levertov, Gary Snyder, Gerald Stern and William Stafford are among the poets who receive detailed attention in these essays. The questions addressed include political involvement and non-involvement, the theme of nuclear annihilation, the poet's use and misuse of history, poetry workshops in Central America, the "I" in contemporary poetry; the pastoral vein in contemporary poetry; the nature and implications of concrete and "found" poetry, analogies of poetry and music.

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Part 1 World: how poets learn, Hugh Kenner; arrogant humility and aristocratic torpor - where have we been, where are we going?, Jeff Gundy; the public and private realms of Geoffrey Hill's "Mercian Hymns", David Lloyd; Ted Hughes in and out of time - "Remains of Elmet" and "Moortown Elegies", Rand Brandes; history, mutation, and the mutation of history in Edward Dorn's "Gunslinger", Alan Golding; poetocracy - the poetry workshop movement in Nicaragua, Diane Kendig; the sigh of our present - nuclear annihilation and contemporary poetry, John Gery. Part 2 Self: the missing "I" - poetry from "Kayak" in the 1980s, Kenith L.Simmons; Gerald Stern's mediation of the I and the I, Peter A.Siedlecki; "Free / of Blossom and Subterfuge" - Louise Gluck and the language of renunciation, Lynn Keller; having your meaning at hand - work in Snyder and Berry, Lionel Basney; Adrienne Rich - vision as rewriting, Thomas B.Byers. Part 3 Poem: dialogue and the political imagination in Denise Levertov and Adrienne Rich, Lorrie Smith; concrete and abstract poetry - the world as text and the text as world, Mary Lewis Shaw; Ashbery and the condition of music, Fred E.Maus; contemporary and found, Stephen Matterson; Montana eclogue - the pastoral art of William Stafford, Thomas E.Benediktsson; Robert Duncan's marriage of heaven and hell - kabbalah and rime in "Roots and Branches", Burton Hatlen.

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  • publication date: 31/12/1993
  • ISBN13: 9780873384193
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 265
  • ID: 9780873384193
  • weight: 544
  • ISBN10: 0873384199

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